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National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

Mental Health of Learning Disabilities Service


Location: 
Maudsley Hospital

Contact information: 

Michael Rutter Centre

De Crespigny Park
London 
SE5 8AZ

Call: 020 3228 2570

Email: tanya.ahern@slam.nhs.uk


Mode: 
Outpatient

Referrals are accepted from:
 
Community and specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and paediatrics professionals, including consultant psychiatrists and mental health professionals, consultation paediatricians, GPs and other local health professionals

Key areas:
Intellectual disability (learning disability) or global developmental delay with co-morbid mental health or behavioural problems including autism, epilepsy, depression, psychosis, feeding and eating disorders, sleep disorders, neural tube defect, Prader-Willi syndrome, sex chromosome abnormalities, rare genetic disorders

Overview

The Mental Health of Intellectual Disability Service (MHID) is service for young people of up to 18 years of age. Our service assesses young people with recognised intellectual disabilities (also referred to as learning disabilities or global developmental delay), and associated behavioural or mental health problems, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder, psychosis, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), feeding disorders, offending behaviours and sleep disorders.

We provide multidisciplinary assessments, interventions, consultations, second opinions and management for young people with intellectual disability and behavioural or mental health problems, working jointly with their local services. This includes advice on neuropsychiatric medication, neuropsychological functioning, behaviour management, sensory integration, educational placements and risk assessment, all in relation to intellectual disabilities.

Within MHID service we run the specialist Prader-Willi Service (PWS) for young people of up to 18 years of age. This service assesses young people with confirmed diagnosis of PWS of all cognitive abilities and behavioural or mental health problems associated with PWS, including ASD, ADHD, anxiety, psychosis and hyperphagia.

We provide multidisciplinary assessments, interventions, consultations, second opinions and management for young people with PWS and behavioural or mental health problems, working jointly with their local services. This includes advice on neuropsychiatric medication, neuropsychological functioning, behaviour management, sensory integration, educational placements and risk assessment, all in relation to PWS.

Within the Mental Health of Intellectual Disability Service and the specialist Prader-Willi Service we offer assessment of mental capacity and competency of young people to stand as a witness.

We provide a range of training programmes, including half-day workshops, one-day master classes and short courses for both strands of the service, aimed at parents/carers and other mental health professionals.

If this was not what you were looking for:
The SCAAND services see young people who have, or might have, neurodevelopmental disorders like autism, intellectual disability, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder with additional mental health or behaviour problems, as well as young people with psychological problems associated with head injury, functional conditions or genetic conditions. Our teams work together and refer between services as necessary.

This page relates to the specialist Mental health of Intellectual Disabilities team, which provides a specialist service funded for by local areas (clinical commissioning group (CCG) funded). Alternatively, for details of other CCG funded specialist teams for young people without intellectual disability, please see:


For information on the NHS England funded pathway for young people with intellectual disability at risk of admission to hospital or with complex autism presentations, please see: