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About us

Learning disabilities training (Estia Centre)

About us

Learning disabilities training (Estia Centre)

About us

Learning disabilities training (Estia Centre)

About us

Learning disabilities training (Estia Centre)

The Estia Centre is a training, research and development resource for those who support adults with learning or intellectual disabilities and additional mental health needs.

We have a variety of training opportunities and resources that you can find out about on this page.


You can download our training prospectus or you can browse it page by page.

Apply for an Estia Centre course by completing and returning this application form.
We offer annual PAS-ADD and ChA-PAS for mental health assessment of people with intellectual disability training.

We can offer clinical training about meeting the health needs of people with intellectual disabilities to health services. Please contact us to discuss your training needs and for further information.

Positive behaviour support (PBS)

The Estia Centre does not offer full training in positive behaviour support (PBS), although some training in specific interventions may be provided by the mental health in learning disabilities clinical teams as part of individual work with service users.

We are unable to recommend or endorse any other PBS training providers; however we suggest that if you are looking for information about PBS that you consult the British Institute of Learning Disabilities Centre for Advancement of Positive Behaviour Support

Maudsley Simulation training for NHS clinicians

Maudsley Simulation is the UK’s first simulation training centre focusing on mental health with the aim of improving services for all who are affected or impacted by mental health issues. 

Estia and Maudsley Simulation collaborated with the Baked Bean Theatre Company to co-produce training about meeting the health needs of people with a learning disability.

The Estia Centre has also consulted with Maudsley Simulation and SHRINE to develop simulation training 'How to start a difficult conversation' about meeting the sexual health needs of vulnerable populations – those with mental illness, substance misuse or intellectual disability.
The Estia Centre are also able to develop and deliver bespoke training related to the specialist mental health needs of people with intellectual disabilities to meet your specific organisational requirements. This can be delivered in-house or at one of our training venues.

Please contact the training team by email estiacentre@slam.nhs.uk with details of your requirements for a cost quote.
Training is coordinated by the senior training officer who delivers the programme in collaboration with clinicians, service users and academics from local specialist services:

  • Mental Health Learning Disabilities team, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
  • Community Learning Disability Services, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust
  • Service users
Staff who support adults with learning (intellectual) disabilities (in residential services, supported living, outreach or as a personal assistant) can attend the training.

Training is free of charge for not-for-profit and charity run organisations and personal assistants working within the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham.

If you work for a private (profit making) organisation, an organisation outside of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham or an NHS trust, the training cost is:

  • £200 for a two day workshop
  • £100 for a one day workshop
  • £50 for a half day workshop
The Estia Centre uses a number of venues to provide training across King’s College London and Maudsley Learning. 

Our training workshops are generally held at the Weston Education Centre, Kings College London, London SE5 9RL.

How to get to the Weston Education Centre

If you are coming to visit us, we would recommend using public transport. Nearby parking spaces are limited.

Transport for London has an excellent website which will allow you to plan your route – enter your starting point and Weston Education Centre postcode (SE5 9RJ) to see the best route using public transport.

Our nearest train station is Denmark Hill, which is a seven minute walk away (see a Google map of the venue). Please note that the Weston Education Centre is not near to an underground station.