New joint learning disability team

People with learning disabilities in Blackburn with Darwen are set to benefit from the creation of a joint team of health and social workers.  

Professionals from the Council's Learning Disability Social Work team and Lancashire NHS Care Foundation Trust's Learning Disability Community Nurse team are now located together in the town centre in Blackburn.  This will benefit some of the borough's most vulnerable residents because they will have a single point of contact and reduce the risk of being asked the same questions by different professionals.

Professionals working closer together mean they can more easily share knowledge and experience, which improves the service.  It will also serve to improve efforts to protect residents with learning disabilities.

Councillor Mohammed Khan, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: "I firmly believe that by working together with other organisations we can improve services for all people in this borough.  Many people who have learning disabilities need support to live in the community and additional support from specialist health professionals to make sure their needs are met. At present, people with learning disabilities are supported by a number of health and social care teams. It makes sense to bring some of those teams together in the same building and in to one team. It means the people they serve are clear who is supporting them and that they don't have to deal with several different teams on different aspects of support. This Council has a long and successful history of developing integrated services with other public organisations. We are in tough times and money is tight because of cuts so we need to look at new ways of working. I believe we can move towards more integrated services and that move will improve people's health and wellbeing."

John Keaveny, Network Director for Adult Community and Specialised Services at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: "As a Trust we welcome the integration of the health and social care teams and the development is in line with current best practice. Lancashire Care has a long and positive experience of working in partnership in an integrated manner to provide high quality care for people with learning disabilities and we see this opportunity as further improving local care."

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