Journal article

Specialist community teams for adults with learning disabilities: referrals to a countywide service in England

ICH Clare, KA Wade, N Ranke, S Whitson, A Lillywhite, E Jones, SA Broughton, A Wagner, AJ Holland

Tizard Learning Disability Review | Published : 2019

Abstract

Purpose While “generic” community teams for adults with learning disabilities (CTs) are well-established in the UK, very little recent evidence is available about any aspect of their work. As part of a larger project about the role, structure and functioning of CTs, the purpose of this paper is to provide data about referrals. Design/methodology/approach Over three months, the authors obtained data about 270 consecutive new referrals to five CTs in a countywide integrated health (NHS) and care management (local authority) service. Findings The 270 referrals related to 255 individuals, mainly already service users, with almost a third (30 per cent, n=204) described as people with severe o..

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