People with learning disabilities have featured in a new film highlighting the importance of ‘gold standard’ annual health checks with their GP practices.
Jeremy and Ben, who are supported by the learning disability charity Talkback, feature in the film produced for the local NHS. Talkback advocate Yvette Toome – who also works with Reading Voice, the advocacy service run by Healthwatch Reading – is also in the film.
During the pandemic, LD health checks are being run remotely. People are sent questionnaires that they fill in (usually with the help of a trusted person) and send back to their doctor's. They then have a phone or video call with a health professional to discuss and agree their health action plan.
West Berkshire Mencap, and Dr Heather Howells, the GP Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities for Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, were also involved in the film.
People with learning disability have poorer health outcomes compared with the general population and have also been disproportionately affected by Covid-19. Annual health checks are one way to help spot problems early.
GP surgeries in Reading have put the video on their websites, along with an Easy Read guide to health checks and an example of a health check invitation letter and health action plan.
Find out more: Berkshire West CCG
Find out more: Talkback