Community Learning Disability Team

Aims and Vision

In Greenwich there are strong and long established partnership arrangements providing innovative and responsive services. The Royal Borough of Greenwich and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust (Oxleas) together provide a range of services for people with learning disabilities including the Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT) that aim to meet identified needs while promoting independence and choice for those needing support.

Purpose and Function

The purpose of the CLDT is to provide specialist health and social care services to people with learning disabilities and their carers whose lives and needs are so complex that universal services are unable to meet their needs.

The team provides specialist community health & Social Care services to people over the age of 18 with learning disabilities living in Greenwich. The Team consists of Psychologists, Community Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Social Workers and Psychiatrists.

The Greenwich CLDT comprises three functional teams:

  • Complex Physical Health
  • Mental Health and Challenging Behavior
  • Preparing for Adulthood

How to get help

You or a family member or carer can ask for help. You will need to tell us how we can help you. You can talk to us or fill in a referral form.

The team can work with you to:

  • Tell people what you want
  • Eat, drink and swallow
  • Make changes in your life
  • Manage your behaviour
  • Manage your feelings and mental health
  • Look after yourself and stay safe
  • Stay well and healthy
  • Manage your money
  • Move around
  • Do as much for yourself as possible
  • Choose housing and where you live
  • Find out about work and leisure
  • Learn new skills
  • Decide what support you need.

Referral Information

The team operates a Single Point of Access (SPA) where all referrals and enquires are processed. Referrals to the team are subject to eligibility criteria.

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Aged 18 or over – and
  • Learning Disability diagnosis confirmed – and
  • Registered with a local GP – i.e. within Greenwich – and
  • Presenting with complex health and social care needs.

To be counted as having a Learning Disability a person must meet all 3 of the criteria used in British Psychological Society (BPS) guidance, which is drawn from DSM-5 and ICD-10, the two most widely agreed international definitions. 

1.    A significant impairment of intellectual functioning (IQ below 70)
2.    A significant impairment of adaptive behaviour; and
3.    Onset before the age of 18

If you would like to discuss a referral, please contact the team on 020 8921 4860 or please complete our referral form below:
Referrals can either be made by:

Compliments and Complaints

If you are unhappy about your care please talk to us. You can speak to a member of staff or the manager. You can also be helped to contact PALS (Oxleas’ complaints helpline).

You can call them on 0800 917 7159 (freephone number) or by email:

Related Information

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The Woolwich Centre
2nd floor
Wellington Street

SE18 6HQ

Public phone number:

0208 921 4860

Email address:

The team is available Monday to Thursday 09:00 to 17:30 and 09:00 to 16:30 on Fridays.

Appointments are held at:

Market Street Health Centre
16-20 Market Street
SE18 6QR

Telephone: 0208 301 4860

If you need help (after 5pm, weekends or during bank holidays) you can call:

  • Your doctor
  • If the surgery is closed ring the NHS 24 hour helpline: Tel: 111
  • Social Services (Emergency Team): Tel: 020 8854 8888
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital A&E: Tel: 020 8836 6000


I am complaining about the physiotherapy services for Bexley residents that have complex needs.
once again, their hydrotherapy service has come to a halt.

but this apart, why does Bexley adults with learning disabilities not have any physiotherapist service. its an appalling situation which affects the some of the most vulnerable people in Bexleyy. even when and if a physio is in post, if it is the same as in the past, it will only be 1 person to serve the whole borough of bexley for 3 days of the week.
how on earth is 1 person supposed to supply all the physio thats need for these people.

its so bad that we have to pay £55 per week for private physio for our daughter. As she receives NHS/CCG funding we should not have to do this, but what else are we supposed to do.

Dear Pamela

Thank you for your comment on our website.

The Bexley Learning Disability Team is committed to continuing to provide a physiotherapy service for people with a learning disability.

As you are aware, our current physiotherapist is leaving her post at the end of this week. The position will be vacant for a short period of time whilst we recruit into the post. We can advise that we have successfully interviewed for the post and will write out to parents and carers to advise them when we have a start date for the new staff member.

While we have this vacancy we cannot, unfortunately, operate a hydrotherapy service as we require two physiotherapy staff to meet the safety requirements of the pool.

Hydrotherapy sessions are not run on a continuous basis but for a course of six to eight sessions followed by a break to allow other clients to access the service. Following a break, sessions are restarted if assessed as beneficial for the service user.

I hope that this provides reassurance about the future of the physiotherapy service within Bexley.

Kind regards

Helen White
Bexley LDT Team Manager

I would like to say to this great team thank you for all support, patience and hard work with great consideration not just with patients but for all support to parents and carers.
Polite receptionist I will never forget your great customer service and good performance.
Thank you Greenwich council too.

Please can you give me any information regarding availability of courses/classes that my 50 year old son can attend. He is autistic with mild learning disabilities and is mostly interested in Art, he would also like to start a course of cooking for independent living.
The prospectus on-line is confusing and I am not able to find this information in the form previously presented.
Many thanks,

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