Learning Disabilities

A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life.

People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complicated information and interact with other people.

The level of support someone needs depends on the individual.

The Annual Health Check aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities, as they often have difficulty in recognising illness, communicating their needs and using health services.

If you are over 14 years old, have a learning disability and are on the learning disability register you should have an annual health check.

  • Getting a health check with your doctor will help to keep you healthy.
  • All parts of the Annual Health Check are voluntary. You need to give your consent before anything happens.
  • At the end of the health check the doctor or nurse will give you a Health Action Plan to help you stay well.
  • Keep the Health Action Plan in a safe place and bring the Health Action Plan with you to your next health check.