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North Essex

Assessment and Treatment Service

In North Essex service users with a learning disability are admitted to the inpatient assessment and treatment unit when they are so unwell they cannot be treated in the community. The service aims to aid recovery so that service users can return home as soon as possible.

The unit provides accommodation for up to six people.  Men and women have individual bedrooms and separate bathrooms; lounges are also segregated. There are dedicated resource rooms which include a gym, activity kitchen and art room.  These are separated from other areas to enable personal and social development to support successful treatment and recovery. 

The multi-disciplinary team works with the service user and their family to provide the care they need safely and therapeutically, whilst ensuring their dignity is maintained.  The team is made up of: psychiatrists, psychologists, art therapists and qualified learning disability nurses.

The Inpatient Assessment and Treatment Service in North Essex is based at:

Lexden Hospital
London Road

Tel: 01206 363261

Community Learning Disability Teams

The Community Teams provide specialist healthcare to adults with learning disabilities whose needs cannot be met by mainstream services alone. These teams help to ensure that people with learning disabilities receive the same care and treatment as everyone else when there is a concern about their physical or mental health. 

Community Learning Disability Teams work in collaboration with other professionals to ensure that the individual’s health needs are met. They do this by providing high quality assessments and  evidence based care plans which are evaluated with the individual and their support network.

Intensive support nurses work with people who have severe and complex needs such as: behavioural, physical, mental, emotional or sensory and which have increased to require a higher level of support.  They help support people to remain in the community and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions by providing a rapid response, focused assessment and intervention, together with short-term treatment and support for carers. The teams also provide a range of intensive community interventions.


We take referrals from individuals themselves and from their family members or carers.  Referrals also come from GPs, social workers, and private care providers.

Community Learning Disability teams are based across North Essex at the following locations:

 North East Team  Mid Essex  West Essex

 Lexden Hospital
 London Road
 CO3 4DB

 Tel: 01206 366653

 Tekhnicon House
 Springwood Drive
 CM7 2YN

 Tel: 01376 308700

 Latton Bush Centre
 Southern Way
 CM18 7BL

 Tel: 01279 459800

Normal hours of work for the Community Teams are:

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm 

Intensive Support Nurses work:

Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm

9am to 5pm at weekends and bank holidays.


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