East Dorset Team For People With A Learning Disability (Ferndown) - Dorset Healthcare N.H.S.

The aim of the Ferndown Community Team For People With A Learning Disability (CTPLD) is to promote the health and wellbeing, independence and a better quality of life for adults with a learning disability. Service users will be able to access all mainstream services in accordance with their needs. Our service has the capacity to support service users in with a learning disability in the community, provide service user case management, support family carers and provides specialist assessment and therapy.


01202 877445


Venue address
Ferndown Social Services Local Office
Penny's Walk
BH22 9JY


Opening times
Mon: 09:00-17:00
Tue: 09:00-17:00
Wed: 09:00-17:00
Thu: 09:00-17:00
Fri: 09:00-16:30

Service Details

Cost variations
There is no cost for this service
Additional Information
Our service covers the Ferndown area. Our office is the Ferndown Social Services Local Office, Penny’s Walk. The service has a range of easy read leaflets available. The team includes staff who are experts in supporting people with Learning Disability and includes Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Psychology and Psychiatry. We also work with other health and social care teams to help them support people with a Learning Disability. We work with young people and the children’s teams to help them get ready for adulthood following their 16th birthday. An assessment is then offered by the Transitions Social Worker following their 17th birthday. The Social Worker will work alongside the Children’s teams and all other relevant workers from health services and education. The assessment competed will be holistic with consideration to health, education and social care needs and will take consideration of the views of all those concerned with the young person’s care. Should the assessment identify ongoing needs all options will be considered to determine the most appropriate viable support before making a proposal and reaching a decision.
Referral information
Professional Referral and Self-Referral. The service provided by the team is for people with a learning disability. This has been defined in Valuing People as including the presence of: • A significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills (impaired intelligence), with; • A reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning); and; • Which started before adulthood, with a lasting effect on development. All referrals should be through Adult Access by emailing adultaccess@dorsetcc.gov.uk or telephone 01305 221016.
Age Range Details
18 years and above
Age Range
18 years 0 months


Wheelchair accessible
Our rooms are wheelchair friendly and we also visit people in the community if that is better.
Parking availability information
Disabled parking bays.
Toilet facility information
Accessible toilet.
Other Facilities
Lift available

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities
Our whole service is specific to those with a learning disability. We also work with young people and the children’s teams to help get them ready for adulthood. Getting to know people early and ensuring a comprehensive handover makes it easier for everyone moving forward through adulthood. The appropriate team will work alongside the service user, Children’s Services and Ansbury, to develop clear outcomes for their care. During the 17th year of a young person, the transitions team will work with the adult team if further support is needed post 18 years, ensuring a clear package of care remains in place. You can contact Ralph Knochner on 01305 221016 for more help and guidance or email adultaccess@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Journey Planner

Address: Ferndown Social Services Local Office  Penny's Walk  Ferndown  Dorset

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