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Adults with learning disabilities

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability affects someone from when they are born, or develops in childhood. It affects the brain's ability to receive and process information. The term learning disability is used to describe the intellectual and developmental disabilities some people have that affect their ability to be independent.

People with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate. People with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) need help with all aspects of their lives - including eating, drinking, washing, dressing and toileting.

A learning disability cannot be cured or fixed; it is a lifelong condition. With the appropriate support people with learning disabilities lead their own lives in the way that they chose. Living independently, keeping safe, working, studying and making their own decisions.

Community Team for People with a Learning Disability (CTPLD)

The Community Team for People with a Learning Disability (CTPLD) is a team of social care and health staff who work together to provide support and advice for those with learning disabilities and their carers.

To access the services the team provides, you would need a assessment to understand if you meet Care Act 2014 eligibility criteria.

If a person is assessed as being eligible for social care then a 'person-centred' care and support plan will be agreed. Identified needs could be met through the provision of a Direct Payment enabling people to purchase their own support. It may also involve one service or a number of services being directly provided depending on what's needed.

The CTPLD includes:

Community learning disability nurses

The learning disability nurses assess the health needs of a person with a learning disability, provide a clinical service and put them in touch with an appropriate healthcare specialist. They can give advice on conditions specifically related to a learning disability, for instance epilepsy, behaviour management or health issues.

Social workers

Social workers will help you in assessing your needs and support you in identifying services that can meet your needs. This could be through a Direct payment or directly provided services

Occupational therapy

The occupational therapist assesses, recommends and organises appropriate aids and adaptations to support functional difficulties. They also promote independence in activities of daily living skills, through goal setting and group work.


The physiotherapist offers advice on mobility aids and ways to keep mobile. They can provide treatment and advice when a change in mobility is caused by trauma or health problems. The physiotherapist also works with a dietician to give advice on exercise and weight control.

The CTPLD also has access to other professionals such as:

  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • speech and language therapists
  • dieticians

Transition from Children's Services

We work closely with Children's Services as they transfer to adult services, to ensure that things transition smoothly and that care continues without being interrupted.

We provide services for people over the age of 18 who have a recognised or diagnosed learning disability, and who are unable to have their needs met by a mainstream service without support.

You can find more information on support available for people with learning disabilities in our Transitions section on the Slough Services Guide, which includes information about support groups, employment, social and leisure services and more...

How to access our services

Referrals to the team can be made by anyone - individuals can refer themselves, or carers, family or professionals working with people with learning disabilities can make a referral on behalf of the person.

You can contact the service directly by using the contact details on the right.