What is meant by 'Learning Disability'?


A learning disability is a significant, lifelong condition which has three facets:

  • reduced ability to understand new or complex information or to learn new skills;
  • reduced ability to cope independently
  • a condition which started before adulthood (before the age of 18) with a lasting effect on the individuals development.


What does the team do?

The Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT) provide specialist high quality, health care services for people with a learning disability that enables and supports the individual to participate in the activities of everyday life.

For the majority of people with a learning disability living in the community, most of their health needs are met by their G.P. or primary health care team. Additional "specialist" health needs may be met by the Community Learning Disability Team.

The key objectives of the Community Learning Disability Team are to:

  • support General Practitioners and primary health care teams to identify and meet the health needs of people with a learning disability
  • work with NHS Fife Community Services and Social Services to provide co-ordinated services
  • facilitate access to primary and secondary health care services
  • encourage and facilitate a positive healthy lifestyle
  • provide education and advice to clients, their families, carers, and other professionals

Through the team service users can access support from:

  • Dietetics
  • Nursing
  • Transition Nurse
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Speech and Language Therapy

If you would like to view the Community Team Leaflet, please click here.



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Margaret Pirie, Lead Nurse - In Patients 
Tel: 01383 623623 Contact Margaret Pirie online


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