Adult Learning Disability Services

Adult Learning Disability - PPI Involvement Events

Shaping The Future engagement sessions were held during March and April this year across the Western Trust area. The Trust will now present a proposed model of involvement for service users, carers and the Western Trust going forward.Six PPI Involvement information sessions have now been arranged throughout October and November  to discuss the proposed model.

The Trust is keen to hear your views and if you want to be involved

Six information sessions have been rearranged for the following dates:

  • Monday 23 October, Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane at 7pm
  • Wednesday 25 October, Waterfoot Hotel, Londonderry at 7pm
  • Thursday 26 October, Waterfoot Hotel, Londonderry at 10am
  • Tuesday 7 November, Roe Park Hotel, Limavady at 7pm
  • Thursday 9 November, Omagh Enterprise Centre, Omagh at 10am
  • Thursday 9 November, Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen at 7pm.

If you are interested in attending one of the above events you can contact Geraldine Holmes or Ann Gormley T: 028 7186 4323

A learning disability can affect someone’s life in many ways, causing difficulties in learning, communicating and doing everyday things.  Learning disabilities have many different causes but are always lifelong. A learning disability does not prevent someone from learning and achieving a lot in life if given the right support.  The Western Trust maintains an Informal Register for individuals with a learning disability on which there currently approximately 2,200 people.


Adult Learning Disability Services have a range of hospital, community and facility based services but also contracts with a number of independent service providers.


  • Learning Disability Day Opportunities

Services are provided in a total of 23 day care facilities across the Trust area. As well as contracts with independent providers.  The Trust has undertaken a review of day opportunities and the “opportunities for change” report provides the strategic direction for further development and reform of day services.


Learning Disability Respite Care

Respite care has ten beds and is provided across three facilities:

    • Dungiven Road, Londonderry
    • Beltany House, Omagh
    • Lakeview Hospital, Londonderry

Respite beds are also purchased from a number of independent providers. We intend to explore further respite options including more flexible respite provision to support the needs of families and carers.


Learning Disability in-patient services

Lakeview Hospital provides assessment and treatment for adults and children with learning disability and has 19 adult beds and 5 children’s beds. The hospital is available to all service users with a  learning disability.


Learning Disability Community Teams

We are restructuring community teams and propose two Multi-Disciplinary Teams to provide services. Teams will include social workers, nurses, podiatrists, speech therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, behaviour therapists and Crisis Intervention support workers. The Directorate will continue to seek investment to facilitate the ongoing development of the teams.


Learning Disability Residential, Nursing and Supported Living

A range of services are available to support accommodation needs. The Trust provides two residential care homes in the Fermanagh area. The remainder of residential and nursing home places are purchased from the independent sector.


Similarly, there are a variety of supported living facilities where people live within the community but are supported in their daily life by trained staff. The Trust provide a number of places and the remainder are provided by the independent sector.

Information on the Review of Day Services within Adult Learning Disability

 DHSPSS Regulation and Standards





Action Plan

Dates for Meetings

Meetings and Documentation

  • Structure for Sub Groups
  • Key Points from Day Care Sub Group, April 2015
  • Key Points from Day Care Sub Group, September 2015
  • Key Points from Day Care Sub Group, November 2015
  • Key Points from Day Opportunities Sub Group, April 2015
  • Key Points from Day Opportunities Sub Group, September 2015
  • Key Points from Day Opportunities Sub Group, November 2015
  • ‘Carers’ Voice meetings – Northern Sector - November & December 2015


    Minutes of Local Implementation Group meetings:- 
    February 2015   March 2015  May 2015  June 2015 
    September 2015  October 2015  December 2015  January 2016


    Current Day Care Services

    Questionnaire Analysis

    Current Consultations

  • DHSSPS Accessible Transport Strategy 2025 Consultation (easy read version)

  • Intertrade Ireland Disability Action Plan 2015-2018  Consultation

    Carers Information

    For information on being on the Western Trust Carers Register and for useful resources please visit our Carers Information Page.