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Physiotherapy

The Adult Learning Disability Physiotherapy service is part of each of the local Community Learning Disability teams and the Specialist Learning Disability Services (e.g. Transition and Complex care needs / respiratory). Physiotherapy promotes activity and independence for adults who have a Learning Disability.

The service is provided in a variety of settings including Day Care Centres, Day-time opportunities, the client’s home, respite, community locations.

Physiotherapists will

  • assess and treat associated physical impairments and conditions in Learning disability. Families and carers are involved in the assessment.

A Physiotherapy assessment

  • looks at a person’s mobility, postural needs, respiratory difficulties, complex care needs and compromised functional abilities. Assessment will inform care plans which will include treatment, advice on condition management, specialist manual handling risk management, training care providers, provision of written resources, liaison with other specialists, onward referral etc. Treatment will be through movement and exercise, respiratory care, manual therapy, condition management, education, advice and any other suitable means.   The holistic approach will help improve the service user’s quality of life.
  • Physiotherapists work with other health and social care providers to make sure the person’s care package is seamless, centred on their individual needs and well managed.
  • Physiotherapists working in Adult Learning Disability enable each service user to gain independence, learn new skills and access mainstream services where possible.

 


  • Description of services/opportunities provided

    Physiotherapy assessment looks at a person’s mobility (including balance and falls risk), postural needs (use of standing frames, splints / orthotics, night-time positioning systems), respiratory difficulties (which may be from lung conditions, scoliosis, swallowing difficulties), complex care needs and compromised functional abilities.

    Treatment will be through movement and exercise, respiratory care, manual therapy, neurological approach, condition management, education, advice and any other suitable means.   This holistic care plan will help improve the service user’s quality of life.

    Physiotherapists work with other health and social care providers to ensure the service user has comprehensive assessment. This will lead to multi-faceted and person centred plan devised to meet individual care needs.

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  • Referral Criteria

    Anyone can refer to Adult Learning Disability Physiotherapy service: GP, Case manager, Day Care Worker, Health Care Professional, Support worker, Family member or the Patient themselves. Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist will screen all referrals before placement on to the waiting list.

    The patient needs to be 18 years of age or older and be known to the Learning Disability Team

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    Craigavon / Banbridge Adult Learning Disability Team

    Eden centre, 293 Bridge Street, Portadown, Craigavon, County Armagh, BT63 5AR

    Telephone: 028 3756 4250

    Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

     

    Armagh / Dungannon Adult Learning Disability Team

    Ward 5, St Lukes Hospital, Loughgall Road, Armagh, BT61 7NQ

    Telephone: 028 3756 4688

    Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

     

    Newry and Mourne Adult Learning Disability Team

    Drumcashel House, 2a Rathfriland Road, Newry, BT34 1HU

    Telephone: 02830256780

    Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm