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

Autistic people and people with a learning disability can find it difficult to access health services like going to their GP or for a dentist’s appointment. They tend to have worse health and die younger than people without a Learning disability or Autism.

It is important that health services promote good health for all people by making sure services are accessible to everyone.

Jody Barrientos is the Health Inclusion lead for Primary Care and Community (for people aged 14+, with a Learning Disability and / or Autism) and she works across the City and Hackney.

Jody can help with:

  • supporting health services to promote their services to people who are autistic and/or have a Learning disability
  • supporting health services to make appropriate reasonable adjustments
  • sharing learning and best practice to primary care and community colleagues, when working with residents who have a learning disability and/or are Autistic
  • supporting residents to be more involved in the way their local health services are delivered.
  • supporting the uptake and completion of annual health checks as well as other important health screening, for City and Hackney residents
  • supporting residents to be more involved in the way their local health services deliver their healthcare.


You can call or text Jody on 07917856551 or email at jody.barrientos@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