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Bedfordshire and Luton Wheelchair Service

The key purpose for our service is to clinically assess and provide appropriate wheelchairs and associated equipment (posture and pressure care) to clients with a long-term mobility need, (over 6 months). The Wheelchair Service will continue to support the clients and maintain any issued equipment. Having the most appropriate mobility equipment can improve quality of life, facilitate independence, enable access into the wider community and reduce the risk of developing deformity for our clients.

The wheelchair service provides training for the community prescribers of basic wheelchairs for adult clients that are not totally wheelchair dependant. We offer specialist assessment for adult clients that are totally wheelchair dependent, all children and bariatric clients. We run a bespoke seating service for clients with complex postural needs that require made to measure / moulded seating. We are able to pressure map as part of a specialist pressure care assessment and provide a range of complex cushions. We work closely with seating companies and hold regular clinics for equipment trail or review.

Each new episode of care is completed within 18 weeks of referral and this is normally sufficient for most clients, however if something takes longer to resolve we would continue to work with the client until the clinical situation required. We accept referrals for review throughout the time the client has the equipment, and have an approved repairer contract to ensure that the wheelchairs are properly maintained while it is on issue.

We currently review all bespoke seating clients annually. We would like to offer a review service for all children and powered wheelchair users but we are currently not commissioned to do this.

01525 631349

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Contact a Family is a national charity for families with disabled children

We provide information, advice and support. We bring families together so they can support each other. We campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.

Please click the link to open to the Contact A Family website

0808 808 3555

Forensic Low Secure Inpatient Service

The Forensic Low Secure Inpatient Service is provided to adults who are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 and who:

•have been identified as requiring hospital admission for assessment or treatment but do not require intensive care. (the patient would usually be involved in criminal proceedings, requiring transfer from custodial settings);
•have been identified as requiring a rehabilitation programme within a low secure setting and are able to participate in such a programme.

The service provides individualised care and evaluation of the patient’s progress and recovery. People are encouraged to be involved in their care planning and, where possible, the family is also involved.

01582 657500

Health Facilitation Service (Services for People who have a Learning Disability)

Health Facilitation Service: Nurse-led service, working with adults who have a learning disability to enable them to access and receive equitable healthcare from services.

We are part of ‘Services for People who have a Learning Disability’ (SPLD) who provide specialist healthcare services to people who have a learning disability and are 18 years and over, living within Bedfordshire and Luton.

The service is provided for people who have:
• Challenging or disturbed behaviour
• Degenerative neurological disorders which occurred during their developmental period and led to learning disability
• Epilepsy which cannot be managed by general neurological services
• Mental illness and other mental disorders such as autism
• Sensory deficits which cannot be managed by mainstream services

01234 310589

Intensive Support Team (IST) (Services for People who have a Learning Disability)

Intensive Support Team (IST): Provides a 24-hour crisis service as well as multi-disciplinary (Nursing, Psychiatry, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy community based services to people who have a learning disability and are 18 years and over, living within Bedfordshire and Luton, who are experiencing a mental health or challenging behaviour crisis requiring urgent assessment and treatment. Where possible service is provided in the individuals own home, with the intention of minimising the need for admission. Where the level of risk is such that hospital admission is required, the IST can assist in minimising inpatient stays by facilitating early discharge and supporting people back into the community. 24 hour Crisis Service is available on 01234 310 538 where a nurse is available and if required will visit the person within 4 hours.
We are part of ‘Services for People who have a Learning Disability’ (SPLD) who provide specialist healthcare services to people who have a learning disability and are 18 years and over, living within Bedfordshire and Luton.

The service is provided for people who have:
• Challenging or disturbed behaviour
• Degenerative neurological disorders which occurred during their developmental period and led to learning disability
• Epilepsy which cannot be managed by general neurological services
• Mental illness and other mental disorders such as autism
• Sensory deficits which cannot be managed by mainstream services




01234 310589

Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care

The goal of specialist palliative care is to ensure the best quality of life for Adults and Older Adults with life limiting conditions and their families both through the direct care of those with complex needs by links with specialist services / teams and the indirect care of those with palliative care needs through expert advice, support, education and training and governance.
The role of the Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist is to work in partnership with the primary care team and hold a caseload of those patients with complex specialist palliative care needs. Each patient with a life limiting condition will be assessed holistically using an agreed tool at the beginning of their palliative diagnosis and at appropriate points of the care pathway. Referral is made to other services and agencies as appropriate and the team will work with the relevant key worker at any given time.
The Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care team includes a Specialist Palliative Care Physiotherapist whose aim is to maximise patients’ ability to function, promote independence and assist them to adapt to their condition. This is available to patients in north and mid Beds localities. The Specialist Palliative Care Physiotherapist will also give educational support to South Beds locality.
The team also work in partnership with Bedfordshire Partnership for Excellence in Palliative Support (PEPS).

01234 310000

Mental Health and Wellbeing Services

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) provides mental health services for people in Bedfordshire.

The service has been commissioned by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council.

We are committed to the ongoing development of mental health and learning disability services.


01525 864430

Occupational Therapy (Services for People who have a Learning Disability)

Occupational Therapy helps patients identify the occupational elements that contribute to the difficulties they have carrying out meaningful activites and provides advice, support and patient-centred intervention to achieve identified occupational goals, with the ultimate aim being the improvement of physical and/or mental health and sense of wellbeing.

We are part of ‘Services for People who have a Learning Disability’ (SPLD) who provide specialist healthcare services to people who have a learning disability and are 18 years and over, living within Bedfordshire and Luton.

The service is provided for people who have:
• Challenging or disturbed behaviour
• Degenerative neurological disorders which occurred during their developmental period and led to learning disability
• Epilepsy which cannot be managed by general neurological services
• Mental illness and other mental disorders such as autism
• Sensory deficits which cannot be managed by mainstream services

01234 310589

Physiotherapy (Services for People who have a Learning Disability)

Physiotherapy provides access for patients to generic physiotherapy services or to provide specialist intervention as required or indicated from the inital assessment, as well as promoting activites which complement the patients overall physical management programme and their health.

We are part of ‘Services for People who have a Learning Disability’ (SPLD) who provide specialist healthcare services to people who have a learning disability and are 18 years and over, living within Bedfordshire and Luton.

The service is provided for people who have:
• Challenging or disturbed behaviour
• Degenerative neurological disorders which occurred during their developmental period and led to learning disability
• Epilepsy which cannot be managed by general neurological services
• Mental illness and other mental disorders such as autism
• Sensory deficits which cannot be managed by mainstream services

01234 310589

SENSE - Communicator Guide Service

A Communicator Guide offers specialist one to one support to people who have developed or are developing a sight and hearing loss. This is known as acquired deafblindness.

People with acquired deafblindness fall into two main groups -Adults with acquired deafblindness - such as those born with Usher syndrome and those who have been disabled by an accident, and Older People - who have developed sight and hearing problems due to age related medical conditions. Those over the 70 are more likely to be affected.

Our Communicator Guides have received extensive training in communication and guiding skills, their role is to support the Deafblind person to access the world around them, facilitate communication, maintain their independence and to enhance their quality of life. The Communicator Guides enable each person to use their hours of support in any way they wish, which may include: shopping, social activities, sports activities, companionship, reading and attending appointments.

02084 490964

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