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  • Forensic Nurse Service

    The Western Trust Forensic service works in conjunction with other agencies to provide safe, secure and responsive services to those individuals with mental health disorder who have a history of offending behaviours or a propensity to offend. This specialist service which is multi professional provides a range of services including consultancy, risk assessment and diagnosis but will not ordinarily take primary responsibility for the care management of individuals referred. There will however be provision for overall case management to a small number of complex high-risk individuals.


    As a full member of the multi-disciplinary Forensic Community Psychiatric team will provide a high quality nursing service to adults with a learning disability and forensic presentation within the Western Trust area.

    The forensic nurse will work across primary and secondary healthcare services to ensure equity of access for those with a learning disability and forensic presentation.

    • The forensic nurse will assess, plan, implement and evaluate high quality care for adults who have a learning disability and forensic presentation.
    • Develop specialised programmes of care in conjunction with other members of the multi-disciplinary team for individuals and service providers.
    • The forensic nurse will provide specialist advice and consultancy to a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Health Facilitators

    Adults with a learning disability in Northern Ireland are invited to attend their GP practice annually for a detailed physical and mental health check. Health Facilitators are Learning Disability Nurses who have a dedicated role to support adults with a learning disability and professionals by:

    • Providing learning disability awareness training within GP Practices.
    • Providing advice on reasonable adjustments to primary healthcare services.
    • Providing information and advice on national screening programmes to service users and their carers/supporters.
    • Delivering annual health checks in partnership with GPs.
    • Supporting GP practices to establish and maintain a Learning Disability Register.
    • Discussing and advising on missed health appointments.
      1:1 person centred health improvement advice and sharing of useful easy read resources and information.
    • Working closely with the WHSCT Health Improvement and Equality Involvement Team. Developing easy read materials and person centred health and wellbeing programmes through co-production.
  • Allied Health Professionals

    The programme also has dedicated LD Allied Health Professional input from the following areas:

    • Occupational Therapists
    • Speech and Language Therapists
    • Podiatry

    Access to Dietetics, Orthoptics, and Physiotherapy services is available through generic Allied Health provision.

    View our information sessions page. 

    Allied Health Professionals

    Facility/ProviderAddressTelephone Number
    Speech and Language Therapy (Northern Sector)12a Gransha Park, Clooney Road, Londonderry, BT47 6WJ028 7186 0261
    Speech and Language Therapy (Southern Sector)South West Acute Hospital, 124 Irvinestown Road, Enniskillen, BT74 6DN028 6638 2547
    Podiatry Service12a Gransha Park, Clooney Road, Londonderry, BT47 6WJ
    Occupational Therapy Services028 7186 4632

  • Hospital Liaison Nurse
    • Provide opportunities for healthcare professionals to improve their knowledge,
      Clionagh McElhinney - NI's first Acute Liaison Nurse

      understanding and skills in supporting adults with learning disabilities.

    • A point of contact for hospital and community staff to support and assist with complex cases, helping to reduce health inequalities.
    • Facilitate, advocate and ensure that people with learning disabilities gain full access to the health care they need.
    • Provide advice on reasonable adjustments and how to implement them within acute care.
    • Provide training and education and raising the profile of learning disabilities within acute care
  • Community Social Work Teams

    The role and function of the Community Teams within Adult Learning Disability is to discharge statutory functions and the management of cases appropriately through care management, key working and PQC processes with due attention to the meeting of need and the Safeguarding of Vulnerable adults.

    The Community Teams are situated across four localities within the Trust and provide a link/co-ordinating role for service users and their carers in the amount of need, delivery and monitoring of care packages. The Community Team also consists of Forensic Social Workers, Transition Officers, Family Support and Floating Support Workers.

    Community Teams - Social Work and Nursing

    ServiceAddressTelephone Number
    Community Social Work Teams (Northern Sector) - Limavady and Waterside TeamLakeview Hospital, 12a Gransha Park, Clooney Road, Londonderry, BT47 6WJ028 7186 4382
    Community Social Work Teams (Northern Sector) - Cityside and Strabane TeamAdult Learning Disability Offices, Block A, Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital, Omagh028 7186 4362
    Community Social Work Teams (Southern Sector)Community Services Department, Block B, Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital, Omagh 028 8283 5050
    Community Social Work Teams (Southern Sector)2 Coleshill Road, Enniskillen  BT74 7HG028 6634 4182
    Community Nursing Teams (Northern Sector) - Lakeview HospitalLakeview Hospital 12a Gransha Park, Clooney Road, Londonderry  BT47 6WJ028 7186 4333
    Community Nursing Teams (Northern Sector) - Strabane Health CentreStrabane Health Centre, Upper Main Street, Strabane028 7138 4110
    Community Nursing Teams (Southern Sector) - OmaghAdult Learning Disability Offices, Block A, Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital, Omagh028 8283 5139
    Community Nursing Teams (Southern Sector) - Enniskillen2 Coleshill Road, Enniskillen  BT74 7HG028 6634 4227
  • Community ALD Nursing Teams

    The Community Learning Disability Nursing Team is based in various locations across the Western Trust area. The Service aims to utilise all learning disability nurses to target health inequalities and health facilitation will be an integral aspect of the work of community learning disability nurses going forward to inspire the health outcomes of adults with a learning disability in partnership with GP practices.

    The Community Learning Disability Nurses manage a referral caseload, carry out health assessments, offer care and treatment plans, contribute to diagnosis and health monitoring, facilitate health and well-being plans, offer specialist knowledge and empower, support and advocate.

  • Epilepsy Specialist Nurse
    • Provide clinical expertise, advice and support in relation to the development of Epilepsy Nursing Service.
    • Work with the multi-disciplinary team, local and regional epilepsy services to deliver co-ordinated, effective, holistic and patient centred care.
    • Provide support and care to people with a learning disability who have epilepsy and their carers through diagnosis, managing treatment and living with epilepsy.
    • Offer training in relation to epilepsy.
    • You can view the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse Information Session Presentation here.
  • Practice Educator
    • Responsible for facilitating education and practice development across Adult Learning Disability Services
    • A programme of care developed in collaboration with Service Managers to develop and sustain an effective learning environment for registered and non-registered staff.
    • Working within the Trust’s delegation of Nursing tasks, standards and processes, an education strategy will be developed to help ensure all service user’s physical health care needs can be met across community and hospital services.
  • Domiciliary Care

    Domiciliary care is provided on the basis of assessed need to enable the individual to live at home in the community and to be supported in maintaining critical personal care and daily living tasks. Currently this is offered on the basis of critical need and allocation of the service is managed through a Community Access Panel. Domiciliary Care is provided through Trust Home Care services and a number of independent providers.

  • Psychological Therapies Services

    The Learning Disability Psychological Therapies Service incorporates Clinical Psychology, Behaviour Support and Intensive Support. We provide an holistic therapeutic service which is person-centred incorporating psychological assessments and interventions specific to client need. The service aims to enhance the psychological well-being of our individual service users across all sectors of the programme. We also aim to increase psychological mindedness among families, carers and professionals as we support all those who work with us to optimise quality of life for individuals with a learning disability within our Trust.

    View our information sessions page for more information.

    Psychological Therapy Services

    ServiceAddressTelephone Number
    Psychological Therapies Department (Psychology, Behaviour Support and Intensive Support Services) - Northern SectorLakeview Hospital 12a Gransha Park, Clooney Road, Londonderry  BT47 6WJ028 7186 5213
    Psychological Therapies Department (Psychology, Behaviour Support and Intensive Support Services - Southern SectorAdult Learning Disability Offices, Block A, Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital, Omagh028 8283 5413
    Epilepsy Nurse - Lisa Harris - Adult Learning DisabilityLakeview Hospital, 12a Gransha Park, Clooney Road, Londonderry, BT47 6WJ028 7186 4333
    Acute Liaison Nurse - Adult Learning Disability ServicesModular Building, 2 Altnagelvin Hospital, Glenshane Road, Londonderry028 7134 5171
  • Psychiatry

    Psychiatry services are available for people with a Learning Disability. Consultant Psychiatrists operate inpatient and outpatient service support through Lakeview Hospital and community clinics.

    Consultant Psychiatry Services

    ServiceAddressTelephone Number
    Consultant Psychiatry - Northern SectorLakeview Hospital 12a Gransha Park, Clooney Road, Londonderry, BT47 6WJ028 7186 5213
    Consultant Psychiatry - Southern SectorAdult Learning Disability Offices, Block A, Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital Omagh028 7186 5209