Community Learning Disability Team - Help for people with a learning disability

Specialist help is available from the Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT) to enable adults with learning disabilities to live full and healthy lives. The service supports people with a learning disability aged 18 years and older who live permanently in the city or are registered with a GP practice in the city.

We help people with learning disabilities to make choices, have increased opportunities, access mainstream services and take part in the local community.

CLDT can also help young people with a learning disability from 16 years of age to support planning their transition to adult services. If you want to know more about help and support for young people with learning disabilities please look at the Local Offer section of the council web site.

You can contact the CLDT team during office hours on 01273 295550 or email

What support can the Community Learning Disability Team offer?

CLDT provides specialist help for people with learning disabilities who cannot get the help they need from other mainstream services. Assessment and support will be offered according to the needs of the individual, with the different parts of the team working together to provide support. Some of the areas of your life we can help with are:

  • Accommodation
  • Education
  • Social & Leisure Opportunities
  • Communication
  • Learning new skills
  • Help to live at home
  • Help to be healthy
  • Using mainstream services

Some people will only need help from one part of the team, and others will need help from different parts of the team at the same time.

The team can see people at a range of places including at your home, day centre, work, college or at your health services. The team also offers clinics and appointments at our offices.

For more information about the CLDT, download the easy read leaflet (PDF 1.26MB)

How to refer to the Community Learning Disability Team

Anyone can make a referral to CLDT – health and social care professionals, family carers, or paid carers. The team also accepts self referrals.
However, GP referrals are required for referrals to Psychiatry, and for dysphagia assessments (dysphagia is a problem with swallowing).

The CLDT referral form (PDF 204KB) or CLDT referral form (MS WORD 225KB) can be downloaded or printed for use. 

Once complete, it can be e-mailed to or posted to

Community Learning Disability Team, 2nd floor West Wing, Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JE.

There is guidance on making a referral to CLDT (PDF 104 KB).

Contact information

If you would like to speak to a member of the team, or have any general queries please contact us

Telephone: 01273 295550
Our office hours are: Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

If social care services need to be contacted in an emergency situation outside of office hours and on bank holidays please call 01273 295555.

Other useful information

Who works in the team?

CLDT is an integrated specialist health and social care team that can provide a range of support. The team is made up of the following:

  • Assessment team - social workers & care managers
  • Behaviour support
  • Learning disability nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Speech & Language Therapy

What is a learning disability?

Learning disability is a general term that refers to individuals who find it harder to learn, understand, communicate and live independently. A learning disability is a lifelong condition that can have a significant impact on the person’s life and that of their family. Many people will require support to enable them to live as independently as possible.

Learning disability does not include specific learning difficulties like dyspraxia or dyslexia. It also does not include autism, although lots of people with autism also have a learning disability. 

Eligibility - Are you able to use Social Care services?

The Care Act came into force in April 2015, and changed the way we decide if you're eligible for care and support services.

Your needs are considered eligible when all three of the following apply to you:

  • your needs are due to a physical or mental impairment or illness
  • your physical or mental impairment or illness affects your ability to achieve two or more ‘specified outcomes’
  • your wellbeing is significantly affected by the inability to achieve these outcomes

For more information, see the Your care and support page.