Learning Disability and Forensic Services

HPFT provides a range of services for people with learning disabilities in Norfolk, North Essex and Hertfordshire. We also provide services for people with forensic mental health needs in Norfolk and Hertfordshire, including for people with learning disabilities who require access to forensic services.

Our services work in partnership with their respective local authorities and a range of other statutory and voluntary providers. All of our services provide individualised recovery based approaches that support people to progress and maintain and promote their independence.

We are committed to working in partnership with the people we serve and family carers through the recovery approach and involving people who have experience of our services in how we develop our services.

Across all services we provide a common goal is to support people to be able to live healthy and fulfilled lives in their local communities and if they do require access to our specialist health services we will provide this locally, to prevent people having to move out of county for assessment and treatment.

Hertfordshire Services

Eric Shepherd Forensic Services

The Eric Shepherd Forensic Services (ESFS) comprises two facilities - Medium Secure Services at Warren Court and Low Secure Services at 4 Bowlers Green

Learning Disability SRS (Specialist Residential Services) - SRS provide medium to long term care for adults with LD who have complex needs often including one or more of the following:  challenging behaviour;  autism;  sensory disorder.


Norfolk Services

Inpatient Medium Secure Services and step down facilities are provided for men with learning disability at the Broadland Clinic, Little Plumstead, near Norwich. The Trust also provides Learning Disability Psychiatry which works alongside the Community Teams run by Norfolk Learning Difficulties Service.

Assessment & Treatment Services are provided for adults with learning disability at Astley Court, Little Plumstead, near Norfolk.

North Essex Services - Specialist Learning Disability Services

This is a specialist service for a wide range of service users including those with profound and complex needs.We also train other professionals and staff, including doctors and nurses, in how to communicate with and support people who have learning disabilities.

Community Learning Disability teams are based across North, Mid and West Essex. We also provide an intensive inpatient assessment and treatment service in Colchester as well as a Home assessment and treatment Services across the three localities, supporting people with challenging behaviours or mental health needs to be assessed and treated at home where ever possible.

The learning disability services also work in partnership with North Essex Mental Health Partnership Trust to support people with learning disabilities to receive appropriate mental health care.