A profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD) is when a person has a severe learning disability and other disabilities that significantly affect their ability to communicate and be independent.
Someone with PMLD may have severe difficulties seeing, hearing, speaking and moving. They may have complex health and social care needs due to these or other conditions.
People with PMLD need a carer or carers to help them with most areas of everyday life, such as eating, washing and going to the toilet.
With support, many people can learn to communicate in different ways, be involved in decisions about themselves, do things they enjoy and achieve more independence.
Read more about caring for children with complex needs on the NHS Website (opens in a new window).
You can also find out more about all aspects of being a carer, including practical support, financial matters and looking after your own well-being in the Care and Support guide (opens in a new window).