We would like to say thank you to Joanne Brown for kindly talking to us about the Learning Disability DES and how it is being implemented in Barnsley. The Cardiff Checklist provides a comprehensive template that can be used to aid the annual health check for patients with learning disabilities.
The barriers that patients with learning disabilities face in accessing health care services have been highlighted in a number of reports: the Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities and Death by Indifference: 74 deaths and counting.
As a GP Trainee caring for patients with learning disabilities you will need to consider the varied ways in which you may be able to support patients and their relatives. We have included a number of resources that we found helpful, however they are by no means exhaustive:
Mental Health – Changing Minds, Changing Lives (Mental Health Foundation/Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities) and Enabling People with Mild Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Problems to Access Healthcare Services (RCPSYCH)
Future Care Planning – Thinking Ahead: a planning guide for families (Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities)
Sexual Health – Equal Access to Breast and Cervical Screening for Disabled Women (National Screening Programmes) and Behind Closed Doors: preventing sexual abuse against adults with a learning disability (MENCAP)
Further resources can be found on the RCGP learning resources website.