Learning Disabilities: Resources
For a good overview of learning disabilities and how GPs can help watch:
Detailed overview of the electronic health clinical template
For Syndrome Specific Medical health check guide see the RCGP toolkit
Downs Syndrome, Cerebral palsy, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Williams Syndrome are all referenced
For patients with Down's Syndrome there is some advice on the annual health checks here
**HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**Surrey Health action plan - aimed at people living in Surrey but much of the resources are equally relevant to Wessex residents. This resource has useful phrasing of questions and a template to make bespoke easy to read leaflets for surgeries. http://www.surreyhealthaction.org/
The University of Hertfordshire has produced a guide called understanding intellectual disability and health http://www.intellectualdisability.info
Communication toolkit to aid communication with patients with LD – needs purchasing http://www.asist.co.uk/shop/category/communication-toolkits
For patient with learning disabilities and sight loss: SeeAbility
For information on "stopping over medication of people with learning disabilities" (STOMP) see here
For easy to read patient sheets on a full range of subjects please see this great resource - https://widgit-health.com/easy-read-sheets/index.htm. There is a useful resource on "my medication review" which patients can fill in prior to their AHC.
For LD patients and their carers
**HIGHLY RECOMMENDED** For comprehensive easy to read leaflets and videos for patients with LD which cover a range of health and wellbeing issues
Videos for patients with LDs about Annual Health Checks:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4T9QrUchTU&t= a video by the misfits theatre company about how social care providers can support people with LDs to get on the GP register and have health care checks
Leaflets for patients with LD explaining annual health checks:
A picture of health is a NHS resource to help clinicians provide easy to read information to patients with LD http://www.apictureofhealth.southwest.nhs.uk/
Become a Learning Disability Friendly Practice
This Hampshire initiative is led by the Southern Health Strategic Health Facilitators.
Click here for more information on how to access the toolkit and support to work towards the award.