Survey on uptake and quality of annual health checks looking for parents/carers to respond

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A short while ago, we posted about the Directed Enhanced Scheme for GP practices which offers reimbursement to GP surgeries to carry out annual health checks for people with learning disabilities which found that health checks were associated with increases in health related activities, identifying health issues and onward referrals, but that the provision and uptake of such checks was variable.

Today we wanted to draw your attention to a survey on the uptake and quality of Annual Health Checks for people with learning disabilities which is currently ongoing.

The work has been approved by NHS England and the findings will be used to inform further development of health checks.

Our colleagues at the Learning Disability Carers Community have asked us to promote the survey, so we are asking for all readers of the Elf to circulate this widely to ensure that the researchers get as many respondents as possible.

The Learning Disability Carers Community survey is looking for feedback on Annual Health Checks

The Learning Disability Carers Community survey is looking for feedback on Annual Health Checks

You can find the link to the survey here

Hard copies can also be sent out on request from

Obviously, as soon as we have the findings we will be able to blog about those as well.

Best of luck to the researchers, and please help by circulating this information as widely as possible.

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John Northfield

After qualifying as a social worker, John worked in community learning disability teams before getting involved in a number of long-stay hospital closure programmes, working to develop individual plans for people moving into their own homes. He worked for BILD, helping to develop the Quality Network and was editorial lead for the NHS electronic library learning disabilities specialist collection. This led him to found the Learning Disabilities Elf site with Andre Tomlin as a way of making the evidence accessible to practitioners in health and social care. Most recently he has worked as part of Mencap's national quality team and also been involved in a number of national website developments, including the General Medical Council's learning disabilities site.

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