Did you know that people with a learning disability aged 14 or above can have an Annual Health Check once a year?
People with a learning disability often have poorer physical and mental health than others. It should not be the case. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, people with a learning disability experienced incredibly high levels of health inequality. The 2019 Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR), showed that, in 2019, the difference between the age of death for people with a learning disability and the general population was 22 years for men and 27 for women (Mencap).
In addition, people with a learning disability from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority communities were disproportionately dying at a young age (Mencap).
What is an Annual Health Check?
People with a learning disability aged 14 or above who are on their GP’s learning disabilities register can have a free annual health check once a year.
Annual health checks enable GPs, the person with a learning disability (and, if relevant, those supporting them) to review the individual’s physical and mental health. It’s a really important reasonable adjustment that the health and care system can provide. There is evidence that Annual Health Checks help identify unknown health needs, including life-threatening conditions. They help the individual get the right care by finding any problems early.
What is dasl doing?
We are working with Lambeth Council and the South East London Clinical Commissioning Group to raise awareness of annual health checks for people with a learning disability and increase the take of Annual Health Checks for people with a learning disability in Lambeth, particularly among BAME communities.
We are reaching out to organisations across Lambeth and have put together an information pack to help you find out more about why Annual Health Checks are important and where to find more resources.
Over the next couple of weeks, we will also be raising awareness about Annual Health Checks across our social media. Make sure to follow us and share!