Learning Disabilities

Matron Lead for Learning Disabilities (Amanda Mckie, pictured back middle) is in post to support adults with a learning disability that may need additional support accessing hospital services, this could be to support wards and departments to make reasonable adjustments to meet individuals needs. Support the clinical team with understanding of the mental capacity act and best interest process. Ensuring advocacy for the adult with learning disability and ensure communication needs are met.

The service is generally covered between Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.00- Please see below for more contact info.

Amanda is based at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary but works across both hospital sites.

  • Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH)
  • Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI)

Amanda has more than 24 years of working with people with a learning disability.


Recognising early signs of deterioration – Sepsis awareness

Please watch the films for more information and advice on sepsis awareness for families and carer’s of people with a learning disability. Recognising early signs and symptoms and getting the right help can save lives.




 Easy read leaflets on sepsis: https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/easy-read-information-sepsis/

Video: Dennis' Story

Learning Disability Mortality Review Programme (LeDeR)

The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme is a world-first. It is the first national programme of its kind aimed at making improvements to the lives of people with learning disabilities. The University of Bristol is one of the partners in the programme, which is funded and run by NHS England. Reviews of deaths are being carried out with a view to improve the standard and quality of care for people with learning disabilities. People with learning disabilities, their families and carers have been central to developing and delivering the programme. Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust is committed to ensuring it meets the requirements of the LeDer programme. For more information on the programme: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sps/leder/

Making a complaint or raising a concern

Listening to the voice of people with learning disabilities and their families and care teams is really important to us. NHS England have produced a film to help both people with learning disabilities and NHS providers to do this better it is called “Ask listen do”


Trust Easy read complaints leaflet: https://www.cht.nhs.uk/patient-leaflet-repository/uploads/711/LD0018%20%20v2%20review%20date%20Mar22%20Compliments%20concerns%20or%20compaints%20A4.pdf?time=1601025831

For support from the community learning disability health teams

Kirklees: https://www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/services/kirklees-adult-learning-disability-health-service/

Calderdale: https://www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/services/calderdale-adult-learning-disability-health-service/

The community learning disability health teams have a duty worker Monday – Friday 09.00-17.00

To contact them for advice and support:

Kirklees: 01924 316714

Calderdale:07795 884879

Who to contact to find out more;

Amanda Mckie

Mobile: 07827 084120

Email: amanda.mckie@nhs.net


Out of hours or in her absence if the situation needs urgent support: 

Contact either clinical commander or the duty matron, night matron via the hospital switchboard

Tel: 01484 3422000

Or 01422 357171