Annual health checks for young people with learning disabilities
Friday 6th September 2019
Since 2014/15, all children and young people with a learning
disability should be included on GP learning disability registers,
and young people aged 14 and over should be offered an Annual
Health Check. An Annual Health Check gives children and young
people time to talk about anything that is worrying them and means
they can get used to going to visit the doctor. It will also give
you time to discuss any concerns you have about your child or young
person's health or wellbeing and how your GP can support you to
spot the early signs of your child or young person being
Annual health checks were introduced to try to minimise the health inequalities many people with learning disabilities face, for example developing a particular condition like diabetes or heart conditions.
We have produced a factsheet explaining how parents can get on the learning disability register, and access an Annual Health Check for their child.
We have also co-produced two resources aimed at GPs and health professionals:
- Making GP Practices More Welcoming for Disabled Children and their Families,outlines some of the barriers families can face accessing GP practices and includes useful suggestions for simple, reasonable adjustments that practices can make to reduce them.
- Health Services for Disabled Children,gives an overview of some of the services disabled children might access.