Learning Disability and Forensic Services

We provide a range of services for people with learning disabilities in Hertfordshire, Norfolk and North Essex and Buckinghamshire.

We work in partnership with local authorities and other statutory and voluntary providers.

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.

Buckinghamshire - Specialist Learning Disability Services

From 1 September 2016, specialist learning disability health services for people in Buckinghamshire, previously provided by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (Southern Health) transferred to us.

The benefits of the move include specialist LD inpatient beds now being provided within a larger, state-of-the-art centre, meaning people have access to a wider range of specialist support and facilities while in hospital, and this is combined with greater support in the community, with a focus on early intervention and preventative work to avoid crisis. 

The service also continues to provide quality specialist health services to people in the community, whilst also promoting reasonable adjustments across primary and secondary care to keep people well.”

Changes started taking place from 1 July 2016, which meant people who require an inpatient stay for assessment and treatment now go to Dove Ward, Kingfisher Court, a specialist inpatient unit at HPFT. Previously, inpatients were admitted to The Ridgeway Centre in High Wycombe, a part of Southern Health.

From 1 September 2016, community learning disabilities services also transferred to us from Southern Health and are provided from the following places:

  • Midshires Business Park
    Unit 1, Midshires Business Park,
    Smeaton Close
    HP19 8HL
  • Anglo Office Park
    Ground Floor,
    Unit 7,
    Anglo Office Park
    Lincoln Road,
    Cressex Business Park
    High Wycombe
    HP12 3RH