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Learning Disability & General Practice Conference

Wessex LMCs Ltd LEaD Account event

Tuesday 13 June 2017 at Holiday Inn Winchester

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This is an afternoon event.

Times: 13:00 - 17:00

Food is provided at this event.

Learning Disabilities (LD) is an important area where there has been a lot of focus both nationally and locally. This group of patients often suffer ill health and have a lower life expectancy than their peers. Many also have co-existing complex mental and physical health needs.

Many practices offer annual health checks as defined by the Directed Enhanced Service (DES) but some do not.

Practices that do not provide the service say that they have no one trained to deliver this, the DES would be too expensive to deliver and the resources needed to help are not available.

This afternoon is aimed at all practices in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and has been developed by the LMC, CCGs and the LD Service provided by Southern Health.

The payment for the DES has now been increased to £140 per person per year.

“In my practice we have about 80 patients on our Learning Disability register. Each year our Nurse Practitioner will undertake a review of the person’s health and care needs, often with the family or carers, where appropriate, arranged some blood tests and then a GP will review the care plan, medication and any results the Nurse Practitioner is concerned about.

The patients are generally happy with this, the family and carers are very appreciative, our nurse enjoys doing the review, the practice has a template to record all the relevant data.

This is not only cost effective for the practice but does improve the quality of care and provides the practice with the confidence that all the care that should be provided is in place.

The next stage is to join one or two practices who have become “Learning Disability” friendly and develop a closer working relationship with the Learning Disability services.”

Dr Nigel Watson – GP Managing Partner, Arnewood Practice, New Forest.

What we will cover in the afternoon:

1. Why you should provide the DES, as a practice or locality? What is on offer to help your practice?

2. What service does your practice need to provide for the £140 fee?

3. Can my federation provider this service for the practice?

4. Is there a template for my practice clinical system?

5. An update on common problems faced by GPs looking after people with LD:

a. Management of epilepsy

b. Management of behaviour problems

c. What is the place of psychotropic medication?

d. Who should be offered breast, cervical and bowel screening?

6. What can we learn from detailed investigations follow the premature deaths in people with LD?

7. What is an LD Friendly Practice?

8. What can we learn from family and carers of people with a learning disability?

By attending this afternoon, which is free, your practice will be able to offer the DES (with some training being offered by the LD Service) and hopefully you will learn some relevant information about how to work with the LD service and proved better care to this vulnerable group.

This meeting is offered to a GP and/or a practice nurse in each practice.


Please find below the link to the newly published RCGP step by step guide for learning disability annual health checks:



Location details

Holiday Inn Winchester
Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester, SO21 1HX

Is the training accessible to wheelchairs? Yes

Main contact

Name: Joanna Clarke


Phone: 023 8025 3874

If you have any communication or mobility needs that the event organisers need to be aware of please contact them in advance of the course to let them know.


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