Occupational Therapy Learning Disabilities Team

We provide services to adults over the age of 18 and older people. Occupational therapy helps people to live their lives in their own way. 

Many factors influence what we do in our lives and how satisfied we are with it. These include what we are motivated to do and our roles and responsibilities, which provide stability and structure to our everyday lives. An occupational therapist gets to know service users and carers/families to find out about and support them with:

  • Volition: motivation to do things that are interesting and valuable to them. Their confidence in their own abilities, experiences and their hopes for the future.
  • Roles: the day-to-day roles and responsibilities the service user has and their relationships with the people around them.
  • Routines: what service users do on a daily or weekly basis. How their time is organised and whether they have a balance between self-care, productivity and leisure.
  • Performance capacity: the abilities and skills that the service user needs every day to concentrate and organise tasks; physically manage what they need to do and also to interact with others. 
  • Physical and social environments: the place where the service user lives and the places they go to, as well as who they spend time with and the resources they have to support them. 

These areas are important as they are linked to self-care, productivity, working towards your goals, leisure and having having a satisfying routine. 

Service opening times

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays)

Some sites can be flexible according to demand, so may open in the early morning or later evening.

Contact and find us

Tel: 0300 303 1930 or IDDReferrals@nottshc.nhs.uk

Fern House
Highbury Hospital
Highbury Road

Help in a crisis

Crisis line: 0808 196 3779

The crisis line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to people of all ages. 

If you’re in a mental health crisis, call the crisis line anytime of the day or night, and we can arrange for you to speak with a mental health professional. We can also advise you about other services, which can help you. 

The crisis line is operated by local health workers. Don't worry, they will help you get the right support.

For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111.

Information for health professionals

How to refer someone to this service

To refer someone to Occupational Therapy in the Intellectual and Development Disabilities (IDD) team you should request a referral form via the IDD Single Point of Access on 0300 303 1930 or IDDReferrals@nottshc.nhs.uk


Lead clinician

Robert Wilson
Occupational Therapist Professional Lead


Service commissioned by

NHS Nottingham City CCG, Newark and Sherwood CCG, Bassetlaw CCG and Nottingham County CCGs.



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