People with learning disabilities have poorer health and die at a younger age than their non-disabled peers. These differences are to an extent avoidable, and are therefore called health inequalities. LUHFT has a Learning Disabilities and Autism Team. The aim of our service is to:

  • Increase awareness of the needs of patients with learning disabilities to the hospital staff.
  • Offer guidance to patients, family or carers whilst they are in hospital.
  • Facilitate patients coming in for planned care.
  • Deliver ‘Foundation Level Learning Disabilities Training’ to all staff, students and volunteers.
  • Offer specialist support to clinical wards and areas.
  • Visit patients with learning disabilities who come into hospital.
  • Check if any ‘reasonable adjustments’ are needed.
  • Collaborate with community services and hospital services.
  • Support the use of accessible information.
  • Provide Information Packs to patients, including Health Passports (see below).
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PDF file icon Communication 31/10/2023 0.55 MB
PDF file icon Health passport 31/10/2023 1.23 MB
PDF file icon Staying in Hospital 31/10/2023 5.46 MB
PDF file icon Meet the team 31/10/2023 16.13 MB

More information


STOMP stands for stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both with psychotropic medicines. It is a national project involving many different organisations which are helping to stop the over use of these medicines.  STOMP is about helping people to stay well and have a good quality of life. We are the first general hospital to support the initiative.

Find out more about STOMP here.

Watch an informative video here.

Treat Me Well campaign

We are signed up for the Treat Me Well, a campaign to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital.

Their vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. The challenge, alongside people with a learning disability and their families, is to make this world a reality.

Click here to learn more about the Treat Me Well campaign.


Easyhealth was made so that people know where to find ‘accessible’ health information . ‘Accessible’ information is information that uses easy words with pictures.​​​​​​

Visit the Easyhealth website for resources.

Positive about Down syndrome

The experts on living with Down syndrome and know that life is so much more than a diagnosis, there is a good deal to celebrate. Our children and young people with Down syndrome lead full and rewarding lives, they are much-loved sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, who our families wouldn’t be without.

Click here to find out more.

Changing Care

Please click here to access the Changing Care website. This contains some excellent links.

Wouldn't Change A Thing

Find out more about Wouldn't Change A Thing here. Making negative perceptions around down syndrome a thing of the past.

Watch Nicole's story about how her transition to the learning disability team who gave her a bespoke adult care plan improved her life considerably.