Integrated Learning Disabilities Service (ILDS)

The ILDS aims to support people with learning disabilities to be independent, healthy and have equal access to health care. We support adults with learning disabilities, young people with learning disabilities over 16 in transition, as well as their family carers. We use the term learning disabilities as defined by the Department of Health.

The ILDS consists of health and social care staff from Enfield Council and the NHS. The pages here will tell you about the teams in the ILDS and some of the services they provide.

Our Integrated Learning Disabilities Service (ILDS) is in:
St Andrew's Court
1-4 River Front

We are open Monday to Friday from 9am - 5pm. You can email the team or contact us on 020 8379 5039 (textphone: 020 8379 3100).

Art therapy helps adults who have emotional and communication needs.

We can work with individual people or in groups to help people express their emotions and feelings using creative materials, and explore past and present life experiences. This allows people to express feelings that they may find difficult to say in words.

The assessment and care management team provide help to complete a self-assessment and develop a support plan to meet their needs.

We help people to make choices about how they want to live their life through person centred planning. This involves working with people to develop a support plan to spend their personal budgets in the way that they choose, to meet their needs.

We also:

  • give practical advice and information about services available within Enfield
  • protect and safeguard people that are vulnerable
  • plan daytime activities
  • help arrange short stays away from home, or support at home to give family carers a break
  • discuss educational, training and employment opportunities

The community learning disability nursing service works with adults who need support to access health services and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

We provide specialist nursing assessments and care plans, support people to develop a health action plan, and help people attend annual health checks with their GPs and health professionals.

The service also give advice on:

  • healthy eating and exercise
  • sexual health
  • managing specific health conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes and any mental health needs
  • help with medication

EQUALS helps people with learning disabilities in Enfield to get a job.

We work with adults and young people over 16 in transition, to help others understand what they can do, and make a work portfolio. This includes a CV, references, emergency contact details and bank account information.

EQUALS helps people get training and work experience so that they can get a job that they want, as well as helping people to look for and apply for jobs.

We can talk to employers about giving someone with a learning disability a job, and help prepare for interviews. This could also mean speaking to employers about how to make interviews more appropriate for someone with learning disabilities.

Once you have a job, we offer support to both you and your employer.

We help people with everyday activities that they may find difficult to do. We can work with individuals or in groups.

We help people to set goals and plan things to do with their time, making it easier for people to look after themselves and feel good. This can include help to look after their own home and manage their money, or help to get on with others and learn about safe relationships.

We also support people to say what they really want, and make it easier for them to get out and get around the community safely.

Psychiatrists are doctors who can help people with their mental and emotional wellbeing. We can talk to people on their own or with their carers to help:

  • discuss what may be the best options with medications
  • liaise with GPs on their behalf about medical issues that contribute to how they feel and their mental health
  • deal with emotional problems
  • plan meetings with the people involved with your care
  • plan your care for the next six months

If people are very unwell or troubled, we can see them in hospital.

The psychology service can help people understand and manage strong or difficult feelings. We can:

  • assess people's ability to problem solve
  • talk to people on their own, or with their carers, about their feelings
  • help people think about changes in their life and how these make them feel
  • help people who have been treated badly by others
  • support people to think about relationships and how they get on with others

The speech and language service provides support in assisting communication and managing eating or drinking difficulties.

We provide specialist assessments and work with other teams to help them to promote health, well-being and inclusion of people with learning disabilities. We do this by:

  • supporting understanding of speech and written information in everyday settings
  • supporting decision making and expression of needs, emotions and ideas
  • supporting effective communication and looking at barriers to communication
  • assessing and managing swallowing difficulties so that people eat and drink as safely and enjoyably as possible
  • maximising opportunities for choice, participation and interactions
  • promoting all the different ways of communicating