People with a learning disability and aged 14 or over are entitled to an annual health check which is carried out by their doctor or nurse. An annual health check takes place once a year and is used to find any problems early, help keep people healthy and make sure the right care is being given.
It’s important to remember that annual health checks are not just for someone when they are ill. If someone has a learning disability they can be more likely to have health problems so an annual health check is a good way to make sure people are supported to stay healthy.
The annual health check will look at the following:
- Physical health, such as weight, heart rate, blood pressure
- Ways to stay well and what help is needed for this
- Mental health
- Making a plan to help with meeting health goals
You can find out more on the NHS England Annual health checks page.
Mencap have created a great video called ‘Be healthy, be happy, don’t miss out!’ which tells you how to make sure you don’t miss out on your health check. You can also check out their section on annual health checks on their website which includes a video about what happens in an annual health check and an easy read guide.
Information for Primary Care Teams
We are committed to ensuring that annual health checks within the North East London boroughs are of a high quality. Therefore, we have put together a series of webinars for staff within the primary care network to support them to deliver the annual health check offer. The flyer below gives information about the different webinars, dates and times.