Health support - children with disabilities and learning needs

Annual health checks

People with learning disabilities often have difficulty in recognising illness, communicating their needs and using health services.  Regular health checks can detect treatable illnesses and help prevent more serious ones, as well as familiarising the young person with the GP practice which they may use throughout their adult life. 

Comprehensive annual health checks are being offered to everyone registered with a confirmed 'learning disability' from the age of 14+. Local NHS services are working closely together to identify young people that will be eligible for this service at their local GP practice. For families and young people who would like to access this service, please speak to your GP.

You can find more information about the annual health check for people with learning disabilities, what the GP Learning Disability Register is, who should be on the register and the benefits of being on the register on this annual health check fact sheet

  • Do not assume that your GP will have automatically registered your young person on the learning disability register.   
  • If your young person has a learning disability you will need to make sure that this is flagged on their electronic record with their GP.
  • Contact them now to make sure that your young people receive the best possible health care now and in the future.

Please note that this does not automatically extend eligibility for adult LD (Social Care) services at age 18 +

Mencap's easy read leaflet about annual health checks  explains

  • what a health check is
  • how to get a health check
  • how to find out more information about health checks

Medication review

You may also want  to use the health check appointment to ask the GP for a review of any medication your young person is taking. You can of course discuss any concerns you have around medication at any other appointments you may have and do not need to wait until the Annual Health check to have this conversation.

Find out more about Supporting Treatment and Appropriate Medication in Paediatrics (STAMP)

Vaccinations and immunisations  

It is important to make sure your child has their routine vaccinations at the right age, to protect them as early as possible and minimise the risk of infection. Childhood vaccinations are provided free by the NHS to all children. For more information see the NHS vaccination timetable.