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NHS Acute Liaison Nurse for People with Learning Disabilities

The service supports people with a learning disability and their carers to enable them to access to hospital. It also liaises with community services to provide a smooth transition from hospital back into the community.

Contact details

Contact Name
Sarah Lally
Contact Position
Learning disabilities liaison nurse
020 7794 0500 (ext 39517)


Royal Free Hospital
Pond Street

Further details

Hampstead Town Ward
Last checked date
Record ID

Local Offer

About Local Offer
Local Offer Age Bands
Preparing for Adult Life 14-25
SEN Provision Type
Where is the service located and what areas does it cover?

The service is located at The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust (Hampstead site). All acute areas within the Trust are covered.

Who does your service provide for?

The service provides support to every adult patient with learning disability and their carers who access the hospital services.

How can a child or young person start using the service?

The service operates an open referral system, however, it is only provided for people over the age of 18 years old. Young people between 16 – 18 can also access the service but only if the Trust’s children services can no longer meet their needs.

How are decisions made about eligibility for your service?

The person must be on the Local Authority learning disability register and be known to have a learning disability; or not registered but are happy for the liaison nurse to make a referral for an assessment and registration.

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?

We use signs and symbols to meet individual needs. Also, by working closely with parent and carers; Speech and Language Therapists; professionals in the specialist learning disability services, we are able to identify patient’s preferred means of communicating. We use interpreters for people whose first language in not English. We follow the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to ensure that people are involved in decision making and planning for their admission / discharge.

Is your service fully accessible?

The hospital is fully accessible.

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had/or will be they be getting?

Staff receive Learning Disability Awareness Training.

Who should a service user contact if they want to raise a concern or complain about something?

PALS office at the Royal Free Hospital [PALS]( or the Head of Safeguarding Adults.

Who can a parent carer/young person contact for further information?

For further information, please contact: The Acute Liaison Nurse on: 0207 974 0500 ext 23065, Bleep 2720, • mobile 07507714337 •

The Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Camden Local Authority. Any service or provider mentioned in this Local Offer, does not represent a recommendation or endorsement of the service or quality of the service provided. You are responsible for undertaking your own checks to determine suitability of the service and provider.

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