We are able to offer assessment and treatment to individuals with health and/or social care needs. consultancy to commissioners and staff teams in relation to learning disabilities needs and developing professional knowledge base and better understanding. we also offer training in relation to Learning disabilities, continuing health care. We can provide a clinical assessment to identify CHC needs or for contributory evidence for MDT/ DST completion.

We offer CCG’s and CHC case managers a specialist assessment to ascertain if CHC funded needs are being met in the most cost effective manner as often specialist equipment can avoid the need for high packages of care. We are also well placed to assess CHC funded clients for necessary specialist equipment to manage clients/ patients health needs as equipment (and some adaptations) are CHC funded.

We offer local authorities the opportunity to commission the partnership for assessing clients in relation to packages of care. Often LD clients have health needs which is not the remit of a social worker during the assessment. We are able to assess clients needs to inform the social care assessment and clarify level of needs for the package of care.

We are a learning disability partnership. Debbie and Rosie are both independent OTs who have specialised and practised in learning disabilities clinically and have formed a specialist LD partnership. We have in-depth knowledge and experience are both experienced in both health and social care environments in supporting the LD population and staff teams in relation to an individuals health and social care needs combined.

Both Debbie and Rosie are qualified and HCPC registered Occupational Therapists and Secretary of State Approved Best Interest Assessors (BIA/ DOLS). We additionally provide clinical specialist advice to the Care quality commission.

Equipment

Sometimes due to funding restrictions individuals or providers have to purchase much needed equipment to manage their needs. Equipment should always be assessed for by the qualified professional OT. This avoids in-appropriate/ in-correct purchasing and misuse of service users monies/ funds and/or provider monies. This could be; Replacement slings, Hoists, Seating, Shower chairs, Profiling beds or Wheelchairs.

Slings assessment and prescribing should be completed by a trained professional – an OT. A manual handling trainer will only demonstrates to staff team how to apply and use slings helping keep staff up to date with any issues. They are not trained to assess for slings for individuals they need to be prescribed by an OT who is suitably qualified to do so. We can support and advise you with who/ which statutory service should fund. We do not however provide the equipment.

The representative from the equipment company supports with this by ordering and delivering once the OT has completed the assessment and advised of the appropriate equipment.

Adaptations

Care homes or supported living homes often require adaptations to the environment. This might be simple minor adaptations like grab rails or major adaptations like a wet rooms, accessible bathrooms or specialist baths.

Specialist Seating

Why should you have a specialist seating assessment before purchasing?

To identify if specialist seating is necessary and to determine which product is necessary to meet all your postural needs and to ensure cost efficiency of monies and funds.

Why is the right chair important?

Specialist seating needs to ensure it offers postural support, comfort, pressure relief and promote the seated persons independence.

Why have an OT complete the seating assessment?

OT’s are trained both anatomically and physiologically. To put it simply “We understand the body and how it works”.

Why not just get the seating representative in to do get your seating?

A sales representative is knowledgeable about the product specification and function of the chair. They know how to adjust, alter it and set seating up. They are familiar with the optional extras for the chair. They work for the company and some get commission for selling chairs. A sales representative is not trained in anatomy/physiology. They will not have an OT degree qualification or be HCPC registered. Visit www.seatingassessmentot.co.uk or email seatingassessmentot@gmail.com for more information on specialist seating.

Clinical Assessment Evidence

An Occupational Therapy assessment can provide you with the clinical professional opinion for evidencing health and social care needs in which we are trained to complete. OT’s are trained and experienced to complete comprehensive physical / mental/ psychological assessments. This can be to inform support plans, care/ case management, DFG’s (Disabled Facilities Grants), CHC/ DST assessment evidence, 2nd opinion, independent opinion, professional recommendation.

Sensory Gardens

If you are a care provider thinking of installing a sensory garden LD OT consultants will assist you with design re: accessibility, raised bed areas, colour, smells and plants. We can advise on accessible layout and design to incorporate natural sensory stimuli within the garden.

Sensory Processing Assessment

What is sensory processing?

Sensory processing/ integration is a condition whereby the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.

Sensory integration is the body’s ability to take in information from the world around us and to make sense of things.

Why have an assessment?

Sensory processing difficulties can be very complex and impact on an individuals day to day activities in many ways. A sensory assessment can enable improved engagement in activities of daily living and improve an individuals health and well-being. Which may have been Impacting their well being and preventing a person from reaching their full potential.

Sensory Rooms

Many providers install their own sensory rooms however all to often they are not utilised correctly and eventually become redundant and un-used. Sensory equipment is often not utilised correctly and often gets thrown away or broken. Sensory Rooms and equipment are very expensive.

Individual sensory processing assessments will help clients benefit from sensory rooms to meet their individual needs following the professional recommendations. Sensory rooms are not a one size fits all and individuals have different sensory needs and sensory environments can frequently prove contra-indicatory when used without guidance.

Before sensory rooms are installed or purchased consult with us at LDOT Consultants to ensure your purchase is the most suitable for your individual service user groups. This will avoid un-necessary purchases and ensure correct environment and equipment is purchased to meet generic demands.

We have no connection, vested interest or bias about who or what you should buy. We offer un-biased professional advice. We will ensure your purchases are the most cost efficient and cost effective.

Training

We offer group Learning Disability training tailored to your company needs. We provide training to qualified professionals/OT’s/ therapists who want to improve their understanding of assessing and treating the Learning Disability population.

We can offer training to support workers and teams who wish to further develop their knowledge and skills base of how best to support individuals on a day to day basis with a learning disability.

We provide advanced training to enhance and improve your understanding of the national framework in relation to Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding a primary health care need and attending the MDT meeting to complete the Decision Support Tool (DST) documentation.

Understanding and applying Mental Capacity and best interest in practice can be confusing, we provide training in understanding MCA application in both day to day decisions and circumstances and significant decisions. We give case study examples and explanations to enhance your practice. Completing a mental capacity assessment is everyone’s business and LDOT Consultants will develop your knowledge and skills to confidently apply mental capacity in practice.