Supporting Learning Disability Week 2020

Date: 15 June 2020

Learning Disability Week

At Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust we are proud to support Learning Disability Week 2020 which runs from 15-21 June and focuses on the importance of friendships during lockdown.

The prevalence rate of people with learning disability in the population is approximately 2.5%. This means that across Barnet, Enfield and Haringey there are approximately 24,890 adults and children with a learning disability, most of whom are not known to health or social care services.

Learning disability is defined as a score less than 70 on an IQ rating scale along with their requiring support in daily living skills that were evident in childhood. Most people with a learning disability have a mild learning disability and do not come to the attention of services. They live their lives in the community often supported by their families and friends.

At BEH we offer specialist services for people with learning disabilities across the Trust.

In Haringey, this service is provided by Haringey Learning Disabilities Partnership (HLDP), which is an integrated service between health and social care services for people with a learning disability. It is based in River Park House, opposite Wood Green Station.

The team, which is made up of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and a physiotherapist, works with adults whose intellectual disability is not due to a specific learning disability such as ASD with normal IQ. The disability must have been present in childhood and not acquired, for example due to a head injury.

In addition, we run a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service – Learning Disability (CAMHS-LD) for children and young persons with severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, complex neurodevelopmental disorders, genetic syndromes and physical and learning disabilities.

Our team has various skills and expertise in psychology, psychiatry, nursing and other therapy interventions. They also work closely with family therapists, art therapists and speech and language therapists who are based at CAMHS as well as schools, Disability Children Team within the local authority and the CCG commissioners.

We offer:

  • Parenting groups (possibly Stepping Stones)
  • Behaviour workshop (possibly using 5P approach)
  • NVR
  • Behavioural feeding clinic
  • Sleep workshop

Children and young people up to the age of 18 who attend a special needs school and who also have an Enfield GP can receive support from the Service for Children and Adolescents with Neurodevelopmental Disorders (Enfield SCAN).

Our team is made up of clinical psychologists, consultant psychiatrists, a nurse specialist and a medical secretary.

We support children and their families with behaviour management, emotional difficulties and mental health problems that significantly impact upon their daily lives.

Our work focuses on:

  • Autism diagnosis and ADHD diagnosis
  • One to one psychological interventions
  • Implementing positive behaviour support plans
  • Group interventions around autism diagnosis and positive behaviour support
  • Support in schools and the wider network
  • Support with medication
  • MDT working with paediatricians, dietitians, social workers, teachers
  • Care co-ordination for patients coming out of inpatient hospitals

At BEH we also run the Forensic Learning Disability Service on two wards at Chase Farm Hospital: Mint ward (medium secure) and Moselle (low secure). Our occupational therapists support people with learning disabilities through activities they enjoy doing. We facilitate cooking, sports, and arts and crafts groups. We focus on communication skills and relationships. Our aim is to help people to re-integrate into community living and lead a fulfilling life.

Useful information

Learning Disability England


NHS England 

Watch the video where Higher Trainees working in psychiatry of intellectual disabilities in North London reflect on why they chose this specialty

  • Summary:

    At Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust we are proud to support Learning Disability Week 2020 which runs from 15-21 June and focuses on the importance of friendships during lockdown.