Learning Disabilities

Who is it for?

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Learning Disability Service is a highly specialist health service for adults with learning disabilities. The service aims to meet the additional and specialist health needs of people with learning disabilities and is complementary to the work carried out by mainstream health services. 

We have 4 Community Teams for Adults with Learning Disabilities (CTALD) across the county, with the following professions represented:

   View Community Nursing                    Occupational Therapy     View Occupational Therapy

       View Physiotherapy                                     View Psychology

     View Psychiatry                                         View Speech and Language Therapy

We are based with our colleagues in Health, but work closely with the Local Authority social work teams in each of the 4 CTALD areas. 

There are 2 separate teams which work alongside the CTALDs:

  View Rapid Intervention Team 

In addition there is a specialist countywide Rapid Intervention Team (RIT).  RIT leads on assessment, treatment and expert intervention for people with LD who have highly complex challenging behaviour and/or mental health needs 

 Better Health Team

The Better Health Team supports annual health checks, works with GPs to help them better support people with LD, provides information, training and support on healthy lifestyles, health and medical conditions to people with learning disabilities and those that support them.

How do I access this service? (Assuming they are eligible)

We accept referrals from service users, carers and professionals. Referrals should be made to the relevant community team.

Where is it based?

The Learning Disability Service is a community service which works out of 4 community team bases across Somerset.
• Mendip Community Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities (CTALD)
• Sedgemoor and West Somerset CTALD
• South Somerset CTALD
• Taunton CTALD

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information please contact your nearest Community Health Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities CTALD:

Mendip CTALD
Learning Disabilities Health Team (East)
Shepton Mallet Community Hospital
Bucklers Way
Old Wells Road
Shepton Mallet
Tel: 01749 341157 

Sedgemoor and West Somerset CTALD
CTALD Service 
Glanville House
Church Street
Tel: 01278 720255

South Somerset CTALD
Holly Court
Preston Road
BA20 2BN
Tel: 01935 846404

Taunton area CTALD 
Foundation House
Wellsprings Road
Tel: 01823 368513

Emergency Duty Team (EDT) 

For urgent out of hours situations the Local Authority Emergency Duty Team can be contacted. This Local Authority out of hours service (available from 17:30 - 08:30) deals with emergency or urgently distressing situations. The team covers the Local Authority's statutory responsibilities under mental health, learning disabilities, child care and welfare legislation. It is provided on an out of hours basis, including weekends and bank holidays.

To contact the emergency duty team:
Tel: 0300 123 2327


Useful Resource

Some people with a learning disability, autism or both do not know what NHS 111 is. This is a short film for people with learning disabilities, autism or both which shows: 

  • what NHS 111 is for 
  • what to expect during a 111 call 
  • tips on how to have a good 111 call

Film made by the young people of The Reporter's Academy