Learning disability and Autism service

We know that coming to the hospital can be a worrying time for anyone and we want to improve our services for people with a learning disability and autistic people. 


We can help with...

  • Planning admissions 
  • Supporting people with a learning disability and autistic people during hospital visits or stays. 
  • Checking reasonable adjustments are put in place
  • Promoting the use of health passports
  • Making sure hospital staff are aware about your needs
  • Communication, including accessible information
  • Support and advice for patients, families and carers
  • Training 




Primary Care Support

eople with a Learning disability and or Autism can find it difficult to access health services. Health services include GP / Doctors surgeries, Chemists, Dentists and Opticians.

They also tend to have worse health and die younger, compared to people without a Learning disability or Autism.

It is important that health services promote good health for people with a Learning disability and /or Autism, and that the services are accessible to everyone.

Marianne Hernandez is the Primary Care and Community Liaison Practitioner (for people aged 14+, with a Learning Disability and / or Autism). She works across the City and Hackney.

Marianne can help with:

  • supporting health services to promote health services to people with a Learning disability and/ or Autism
  • sharing information to residents and health services about why annual health checks are important
  • promoting Health Action plans
  • checking that people with a Learning disability are on the Learning disability register
  • sharing best practice with health care services, when working with people who have a Learning disability and/or Autism
  • supporting residents with a Learning disability and/or Autism to be more involved in the way their local health services are delivered
  • promoting and supporting health services to make reasonable adjustments
  • advocating for people with a Learning disability and / or Autism, when meeting with health care colleges

You can call or text Marianne on:
07721 737 918
email: Marianne.Hernandez@nhs.net

Hospital Passport

A health passport is a document about people and their health need, but It also has other useful information, such as interests, likes, dislikes, how people like to communicate and any reasonable adjustments that they might need.

Click here to download the health passport. 


Rethink Advocacy

Advocacy can help people to havea say about what happens in their life.

Rethink Advocacy is passionate and committed to supporting people to ensure they have a good quality of life. Their aim is to support both people who are confident to speak up for themselves with support or to represent their views for them when they cannot.

In Hackney they provide the following services:

  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)
  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)
  • Independent Care Act Advocacy (ICAA)
  • Independent Health Complaints Advocacy Service (IHCAS)
  • Non-statutory Advocacy (including alternative types of advocacy such as peer advocacy, citizen advocacy, group advocacy and self-advocacy)

You can download an easy read leaflet about advocacy here



People Participation


We are looking for people with learning disabilities to help us improve our services, get in touch if you would like to join our people participation group

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