Community Children's Learning Disability Nursing Service

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The Community Children’s Learning Disability Nursing (CCLDN) Service is a new service that sits within the pathway for children with a learning disability and mental health needs. The CCLDN service is based within the Paediatric Community Nursing Service at Pentland Flats, Lynebank hospital.

The CCLDN service will be operational from 10th August 2009 and will initially be accepting referrals from those already ‘waiting’. Thereafter, new referrals will be triaged to ensure that they meet referral criteria.
Please find further information for your interest: The CCLDN Service referral pathway, Referral form, Information for parents and professionals on the referral process, and information for parents after a referral has been accepted, under publications in the left-hand menu.
The Community Children’s Learning Disability Nursing (CCLDN) Service consists of 2 full time nursing staff. The nursing staff have close working relationships with Psychologists, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, AHP’s and other relevant agencies.
Nursing staff will be caring for those children who require Tier 2 level of service provision. However the service will be flexible and responsive to the needs of the children presented.
The service is based at Flat 5, Pentland House, Lynebank and operates Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm.
What we can provide?
We aim to deliver effective high quality child and family centred care based on current evidence based practice, theory and research, to support the needs of children with learning disabilities, families and carers. The principles we aspire to are influenced by the Team around the Child Approach and the My World Triangle and we can provide help in the following areas
  • Psychological, emotional and behavioural support for children with a learning disability.
  • Develop programmes of care which enable children with learning disabilities to become more independent in everyday living skills.
  • Support the psychological and emotional needs of parents and carers by providing parenting programmes which are specific to the needs of children with learning disabilities.
  • To act as lead professional/ key worker in coordinating care if this is appropriate.
  • Act as educator and facilitator to others to foster capacity in understanding the psychological and mental health needs of children with learning disabilities.
  • Provide risk assessment as required to promote safety in the home or community settings the child accesses.     
We operate an open referral system, which means that parents and professionals involved with the child can refer to our service.
Once a referral is made the following will happen;
When will the CCLDN Service contact the parents/guardians?
We will contact you as soon as possible, either by letter or telephone to arrange a suitable time to visit you, and your child, to complete an initial assessment.
What is an initial assessment?
An initial assessment means finding out what your child’s health/treatment needs are, and how we can best support these.
You may have stated on the referral form what you feel your child’s needs are and what support you require, but the CCLDN has a duty of care to undertake an overall assessment for your child and we would be grateful for your support to enable us to do this.
The initial assessment will include collecting information on your child’s:
  • Day to day support needs
  • Medication
  • Physical and mental health needs
  • Communication needs
  • Behaviour
By undertaking this thorough assessment we aim to ensure that the most appropriate support is identified to best meet your child’s needs.
How long will this take?
Please allow up to 2 hours for the first visit. Following this there may be additional visits required and the nurse will ask your permission to contact other people involved in your child’s care to ask for additional information and reports in order to complete all areas within the assessment process.
If additional visits are required and other people need to be involved this will always be discussed with you prior to referrals being made.
Things that will help us during our initial assessment
It would be helpful if you could have any information or reports regarding your child available when we visit for example:
  • Speech and Language reports
  • Psychology reports
  • Information on medicines
What will happen next?
After the assessment process is complete and you have identified what your main priorities are, the nurse will develop a plan of care to meet these needs.

Community Children's Learning Disability Nursing Service is available at


For more information contact

Gail Walsh, Community Learning Disability Nurse 
Tel: (01383) 565205 Contact Gail Walsh online
By Post: NHS Fife, Lynebank Hospital Halbeath Road Dunfermline Fife

Douglas McHale, Community Learning Disability Nurse 
Tel: (01383) 565470 Contact Douglas McHale online
By Post: NHS Fife, Lynebank Hospital Halbeath Road Dunfermline Fife


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