Service Description

We provide a specialist service for children and young people with learning disabilities. Our Community Learning Disability Service provides assessment, consultation and short, focused treatments and support for children and young people up to the age of 18 who have a learning disability.

We help:

  • Pre-school children who are delayed cognitively by at least a third of their chronological age and are also delayed in two other areas such as motor, social or communication/ language skills
  • School aged children who have a learning disability and who are delayed by at least three years in cognitive ability and are also delayed in two other areas such as communication and self-help skills.

The team is made up of staff with different specialisms to provide the best possible help and support, including nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and music and drama therapists. We provide assessment, consultation, intervention, training and liaison which may involve professionals from more than one discipline. Interventions are based on assessment formulation and care planning. Our work is collaborative, goal orientated and, where possible, time limited. 

Consultation and training is aimed at enhancing the confidence and competence necessary to deliver an intervention provided by others involved in the care of young people. Feedback to professionals and families is respectful, open and clear and correspondence is copied to families unless there is good, documented reason not to.

Support criteria

The service accepts referrals for children and young people where:

  • Behaviours and/or development needs have a significant impact on the child or young person’s development, quality of life and/or is causing distress to the child, young person, family or carers
  • Behaviours of such frequency and intensity cause distress to the individual and/or family/carers and potentially impact upon family resilience
  • Behaviours are indicative of established or emerging mental illness
  • Behaviours which are clear and persistent are causing functioning to deteriorate and problems to escalate
  • Behaviour that is severe and high risk, significant and complex

Requests for support

We only accept referrals from health, social care and education professionals. To contact us or make a request for support:

  • Via the national electronic referral system (e-RS) - GPs only
  • Visit the secure web portal - GPs, schools and other professionals. Please make your request for support on Google Chrome. 
  • Call Access and Advice:
    • Call 0300 222 5755
    • We are open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 12pm, Saturday. The service is not open on bank holidays.

Social workers from the below teams should make referrals through the social work referral pathway:

  • Assessment
  • Child in Need
  • Child Protection
  • Children with Disabilities 

Please contact your GP, teacher or social care worker to request support for a child or young person. If you have any questions about a child or young person’s mental health, call Access and Advice for advice on 0300 222 5755.

Contact Details

We operate as a Surrey-wide service and our main office is Gatton Place in Redhill. We also have bases in Ramsay House (Epsom), Unither (Chertsey) and Berkeley House (Godalming) but we don’t attach specific geographical locations to the bases as the nurses work flexibly across the county.

Address:
Unither House
Curfew Bell Road
Chertsey
Surrey
 KT16 9FG

Telephone: 01932 587066

Opening times:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Service manager: Rosie Field

Areas covered:

  • Runnymede
  • Spelthorne
  • Woking

Out of hours contact: Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust switchboard: 0300 5555 222

Address:
18 Mole Business Park,
Randall's Road
,Leatherhead,
Surrey,
KT22 7AD

Telephone: 01372 202 100

Opening times:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Service manager: Rosie Field

Areas covered:

  • Elmbridge
  • Epsom and Ewell
  • Mole Valley

Out of hours contact: Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust switchboard: 0300 5555 222

Address:
Gatton Place
St Matthew's Road
Redhill
Surrey
RH1 1TA

Telephone: 01737 288 730

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Service manager: Rosie Field

Areas covered:

  • Reigate and Banstead
  • Tandridge

Out of hours contact: Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust switchboard: 0300 5555 222

Address:
Berkeley House
11-13 Ockford Road
Godalming
Surrey
GU7 1QU

Telephone: 01483 528 100

Opening times:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Service manager: Rosie Field

Areas covered:

  • Guildford
  • Surrey Heath

Out of hours contact: Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust switchboard: 0300 5555 222