People with a learning disability often have poorer physical and mental health than other people. An annual health check can improve people’s health by spotting problems earlier. People with a learning disability can sometimes find it hard to know when they are unwell, or to tell someone about it. A health check once a year gives people time to talk about anything that is worrying them and means that they can get used to going to visit the doctor. Anyone over the age of 14 with a learning disability, can have an annual health check.
This web page has been co designed to give Birmingham and Solihull people and families information and to provide GPs and primary care teams helpful resources and guidance to ensure delivery of quality annual health checks to people with learning disabilities. Please click to jump to the relevant section:
Useful videos for patients, families and carers
This part of the resource centre will guide primary care staff through the learning disability health check cycle. Using the guidance and resource below will help practices ensure both the quality and consistency of uptake and delivery for annual health checks. Three key resources can be found below.
Health check cycle
Additional resources are grouped under four stages of the cycle: prepare, invite, deliver and follow-up.
1. Preparing for the annual health checks
- Ensure your health checks meet the quality criteria using guidance from Public Health England
- Take a look at this useful toolkit form the Royal College of General Practitioners
- Try out this resource pack produced by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
- Learn when to suspect a learning disability from NICE
- Read about how to improve identification of people with a learning disability as explained by NHS England
- Use this poster around your practice to encourage patients to take up the offer of a health check
Other useful resources for planning a health check
Nicola's story - Learning from deaths of people with a learning disability (LeDeR)
2. Inviting patients for annual health checks
- Learn how social care staff can support someone with learning disabilities prepare for an annual health check
- Send out this reasonable adjustment questionnaire to be sure of your patient’s needs and how best to communicate with them
- Send out this easy read invite for adult health checks
3. Delivering quality annual health checks
- Take a look at the NHS guide on accessible information standard implementation
- Learn about making reasonable adjustments in primary care from the National Development Team for Inclusion
- NHS England has provided a useful summary and overview of the learning disability annual health check electronic clinical template
- Find out how you can make your GP practice more welcoming for disabled children, young people and their families as set out by Basildon and Brentwood CCG
- Oxfordshire CCG has created a useful resource providing guidance on coding
Other useful resources
'Annual Health Checks: COVID and Beyond' video created by NHS Berkshire West CCG.
- 4. Following up the annual health check