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Community Learning Disability Team (Hounslow)

The Community Learning Disability Team provides health and social care to adults who meet eligibility criteria and who live in the London Borough of Hounslow.         

The multidisciplinary team consists of the following health and social care professionals:-

  • Social workers

  • Community learning disability nursing

  • Dietician

  • Physiotherapy (for people with profound and severe learning disabilities)

  • Psychiatry

  • Psychology

  • Speech and language therapy

  • Positive behaviour support                         

The team operates a joint service with the local authority and its mission is to:-

‘Support, enable and empower people with learning disabilities to become active citizens, by living socially valued and inclusive lives and to help people be accepted and respected for who they are’

The work of the team falls into the following main areas:


  • Support for people with learning disabilities to lead healthy lifestyles

  • Screening and early intervention designed to prevent the need for unplanned health or other services (including hospital admissions)

  • Provide training (including bespoke) for families, statutory and 3rd sector organisations on supporting people with learning disabilities   

Assessments and Interventions:  

  • Person-centred assessments including  continuing health care assessments

  • Mental health and psychological assessments and interventions

  • Specialist nursing, speech and language therapy, dietetics and physiotherapy assessments and interventions relating to learning disabilities

  • Assessment and interventions for people with behaviours that challenge           

Case Coordination:

  • Develop, monitor and review of personalised support plans and care packages

  • Preparation of information for continuing care panels

  • Liaison with statutory and 3rd sector organisations

Family and Carer support:

To provide active advice to families and carers in support of people with learning disabilities as equal partners.       

Patients with learning disabilities

Useful links

Local support

Speak Out In Hounslow: 

Richmond Mencap

POhWER (Advocacy services for Hounslow)

POhWER (Advocacy services for Richmond)         www.pohwer.net/richmond-upon-thames.html   

National support


The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (positive behaviour support)     www.challengingbehaviour.org.uk 

The British Institute of Learning Disabilities 

Downs Syndrome Association

Easy Health  

A learning disability patient using a phone


Hounslow Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT)
Area E, Green Zone,
Hounslow Civic Centre
Lampton Road,
TW3 4DN 

Meetings with service users take place at:

Heart Of Hounslow
92 Bath Road

Opening times and working days:

  • Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm

A patient talks to a clinician

Referrals to the team can be made via:-

  • Using the HRCH referral form, available here -  for service users, families, HRCH staff, local authorities, GPs and care providers 

  • Hounslow Referral Facilitation Service – for GPs  

  • Self-referrals from service users and families will be accepted       

Eligibility criteria for the specialist health component of the service:

  1. A significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills (impaired intelligence), IQ below 70, with
  2. A reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning)
  3. Which started before adulthood (18 years of age)
  4. Registered with a Hounslow CCG – GP and resides locally
  5. Where the service user would benefit from and the service is able to provide appropriate clinical support and intervention


This is achieved through:-

  • A facilitative model of support
  • Improving access to mainstream services
  • Maintain and enhancing the health and wellbeing of people
  • Reducing health inequalities experienced
  • Providing specialist help, advice and clinical support to people
  • Working with individuals, families and carers
Members of a team

The teams clinical leads are:

  • Mark Sheen: Consultant Nurse and Clinical Services Manager 
  • Sunil Raheja: Consultant Psychiatrist 

The team consists of:

  • Clinical Psychologists: Craig Forsyth, Patricia Mazure    
  • Community learning disability nurses: Neena Kochhar, Abigail Hulme, Ekta Shah
  • Positive Behaviour Support: Sarah Whiteaker (Behaviour Analyst) & Jennifer Preston (Asst Behaviour Analyst)
  • Physiotherapist: Ravi Polineni
  • Psychiatrist: Zakiah Lyons (Specialist Registrar)   
  • Speech and Language Therapists: Catherine Wylie, Lulu Housman, Yasmin Bandali  
  • Dietitian: Normunds Barons       
  • Social workers (managed by the London Borough of Hounslow)
  • Team administrators: Rupi Panesar, Kim Narbett 

A short film about what happens at a NHS health check-up, aimed at people with learning disabilities in Hounslow.

Watch this film about the help on offer for people with learning disabilities (LD) or autism in the borough of Hounslow - produced in partnership between Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Hounslow Council, and NHS Hounslow CCG. 


The film was made at an LD event in July 2016 at Hounslow Civic Centre - and features local people with learning disabilities, as well as information about local support services in the borough.