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Adults' Services

Learning Disability Service

The Learning Disability Service works across Birmingham to provide healthcare for people with learning disabilities living in the community.

About our service

The learning disability service works across Birmingham, in which 23,800 (2.3 per cent of the 1.1 million population) have a learning disability.


Teams provide healthcare for people with learning disabilities living in the community. The service aims to provide high quality care through multidisciplinary working and close collaboration with other agencies.



Who is it for?

People aged 19 and over with a learning disability can access specialist support to help with complex needs such as epilepsy, challenging behaviour, forensic needs and mental health conditions.



What services do we provide?

We provide short breaks and day services for people needing continuing health care in a more specialised environment.


Residential care is available for people with end-of-life and complex health needs.


Community health services to people living in their own home, with their family or in residential homes and who have additional complex needs.


We have a breadth of expertise and knowledge within the service and support individuals with a range of needs. Interventions include:

  • Community Forensic Service
  • Community Nursing
  • Community Outreach Team
  • Epilepsy Team
  • Frailty and Dementia Team
  • Health Facilitation
  • Intensive Support Unit
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychiatry Services
  • Psychology
  • Short Breaks and Day Services
  • Specialist Dietetics Services
  • Specialist Physiotherapy Services
  • Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT)
  • Touch Therapy Team


More information about the Mental Health Act, and how it may affect service users.




A referral to the service can be made through a number of means including a patient’s GP, carer or family member.  You can make a referral by calling the Learning Disability’s Single Point of Access on 0121 466 4980 or email it to


This will require completion of a referral form that needs to be sent through.


Once you have been accepted to the Learning Disability service, if you require support, you can call the Greenfields on 0121 466 3900 and you will be directed to the appropriate professional.


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Food and drink descriptors for people with dysphagia

The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDS)  - a project aimed at standardising the terms we use to describe food and drink textures - has introduced a new set of descriptors, covering all drinks and foods.

Our patients and their carers and families are the reason we're here, so we want to hear your views about the Trust and our services.