Learning disabilities

Community Learning Disability Service (CLDS)

CLDS is a team of health staff and social workers who help adults (persons aged 18 or over) with a learning disability who live in Tower Hamlets. They can support the person with a learning disability, their families and carers.  

How they can help

The team helps people be as independent as possible by offering advice, therapy and practical support. They can direct you to other services.

CLDS can help you to:

  • live a healthy independent and safe life
  • have a place to live
  • understand money
  • have a job or support with training or employment
  • make decisions and choices
  • have positive relationships with friends and family
  • go out have fun and meet new people
  • get around and be respected in the community
  • prepare for a hospital stay or visit to your GP
  • if you are sad, angry or having a difficult time.

They also help parents or carers of someone with a learning disability in their caring role to have a better life. 

At the beginning, you will meet and help two members of the team do an assessment to decide if you have a learning disability, and what help you need. The meeting can be at the CLDS office or at another convenient place, such as your home, your day service, college or school.

Get in touch 

You can contact the CLDS yourself or ask your GP, social worker, health or education worker, relative, carer or support worker to refer you to the service.

You will be seen within 28 days of referral. If you need help more quickly or are being hurt, neglected or abused you can be seen within 48 hours.

Tel: 020 7771 5500
Email: BHNT.LearningDisability@nhs.net.