Speech and Language Therapy Service (Adult Intellectual Disabilities)

We provide specialist assessment, formulation, therapy, support and advice for people with speech, language and communication needs or dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). We also work with their carers, support staff and other teams.

Our care includes specialist learning and development to educate others around safe eating and drinking and communication techniques.

Our specialist assessments include comprehension of language, especially in relation to people's capacity to understand information, and Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnostic assessments. 

We are accessible to adults with intellectual disabilities and we provide a communication aid service for adults with developmental disabilities.

We work with Community Learning Disability Teams and Intensive Community Assessment and Treatment Teams across Nottinghamshire County and in Nottingham City and we also provide some inpatient support.

Accessing our services

The IDD Speech & Language Therapy service is for: 

  • People aged 18 years or older.
  • Who has an intellectual disability (this is sometimes also called a learning disability).
  • Lives in Nottinghamshire or has a Nottinghamshire GP.
  • Has Speech, language, and communication need and/ or has problems with eating and drinking.

Service opening hours

Monday to Friday, 9.00 - 17.00.

Contact and find us

The Speech & Language Therapy team is based in locations across all of Nottinghamshire. 

For information about your local Speech & Language Therapist contact suzanne.ridley-king@nottshc.nhs.uk

Help in a crisis

Outside of office hours please contact your GP service, NHS 111, or in an emergency attend your local Accident and Emergency (A&E) department.

Information for health professionals

How to refer someone to this service

To refer to the Speech & Language Therapy team, please email: iddreferrals@nottshc.nhs.uk


Lead clinician

Heidi Keeling


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