Learning Disabilities - Acute Services

The Liaison Nurses support the person with a learning disability when they are accessing acute physical care, either as an in patient or an out patient, and also provide advice and support to acute services staff.

The service is available for Queen Margaret Hospital and Victoria Hospital.  Input is also provided to the community hospitals in Glenrothes, Cupar and St Andrews.

The role involves:

  • Pre admission planning
  • Service user education
  • Carer support
  • Pre discharge planning
  • Facilitation of out patient appointments
  • Advice on issues such as communication, risk management, consent to treatment
  • Advising on Hospital Passports 


Learning Disabilities - Primary Care

The Liaison Nurses also support the person with a learning disability when they are accessing primary care services across Fife.


We provide advice and support to:

  • Primary care services such as General Practitioners, District Nurses, Public Health Nurses and Practice Nurses
  • Care provider organisations
  • Parents and carers
  • Service users

Where requested, we develop and deliver educational prgorammes suitable for:

  • NHS Fife Staff
  • Carers
  • General Practitioners and primary care staff
  • External agencies

We work with partner agencies to:

  • Aid development and improvement of access to primary care services for peope with a learning disability.
  • Address the health inequalities which can be experienced by people with a learning disaibility.


It is an open referral system and referrals can be by phone, letter or referral form.  We are available between 09:00 to 17:00 - Monday to Friday.


Wendi Neill and Jennifer Smith, Learning Disabiltiy Liaison Nurses:

Email: wendi.neill1@nhs.net or jsmith54@nhs.net


Office: 01592 643355 or 01383 623623 (Extension 23110)

Mobile: 07900 161 735 (Wendi)  07890 599 899 (Jennifer)


Room 110 (first floor) Hayfield House

Victoria Hospital

Hayfield Road






For more information contact

Wendi Neill, Learning Disability Liaison Nurse 
Tel: 01592 643355
By Post: NHS Fife, Hayfield House Hayfield Road Kirkcaldy Fife KY2 5AH


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