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This policy was initially developed and ratified by the Learning Disability Steering Group which represented Surrey’s five acute trusts including Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (For the purpose of this policy it will now be known as the Trust or ASPH) The policy has been reviewed and updated to reflect the current service provided to the Trust by Surrey and Border’s Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) and the expectation of the staff working for ASPH.

The policy addresses a range of additional considerations and processes necessary to give appropriate care to people who have learning disabilities and other cognitive impairments including equality of access, easy to understand information, use of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and best interest decision making responsibilities.

This policy will identify other agencies who may be able to provide support and advice including the Learning Disability Liaison Team, Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD), Primary Care LD Nurses and the Acute Learning Disability Liaison Team.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Collette Meredew-Lynch, Learning Disability Liaison Nurse
Ratified by: Safeguarding Committee
Date Ratified: November 2018
Date Issued: November 2018
Review Date: November 2021
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Russell Wernham, Deputy Chief Nurse


See also:

  • Mental Capacity Act Policy
  • Safeguarding Adult Policy