Learning disabilities

Learning disabilities liaison team - Musgrove Park Hospital

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The learning disability liaison team within the acute hospitals are here to help anyone with a learning disability over the age of 18 to access our services. We can support with:

  • An outpatient appointment
  • An acute admission
  • A planned procedure

A learning disability is defined by Mencap as a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life.  People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complicated information and interact with other people.  Please see more information at  – What is a learning disability? | Mencap or Definition | Background information | Learning disabilities | CKS | NICE

We can discuss making reasonable adjustments so that the person with a learning disability is able to access health services that they require when in our hospitals.

We can assist with making reasonable adjustments around a number of areas, including:

  • Communication
  • Best interest decisions
  • Capacity and understanding
  • Eating and drinking needs
  • Mobility
  • Sensory issues
  • Appointment arrangements
  • Liaising with other professionals, carers and family.


Anyone can refer a person with a learning disability to our service. To refer a person, or if you have any queries about our service please contact: