Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust wants all people who use our services to have equal and safe care.

We also have a legal duty (Equality Act 2010) to make reasonable adjustments to support people with learning disabilities, this section will give you a better understanding of why and how we can do this.

What is a learning disability?

  • 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)
    • which started before adulthood, with a lasting effect on development.
      Valuing People (Department of Health 2001)

For any further advice or support please contact Liz Dixon, learning disability and autism safeguarding adults advisor on 01642 850850 (ext 52241) or email Safeguarding.Adults@stees.nhs.uk or learning.disability@stees.nhs.uk


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