People who have a learning disability have increased health risks compared to the general population and access healthcare less frequently. Strategic health facilitators (SHFs) in learning disability services have worked with primary healthcare services for several years to enhance access for people who have a learning disability and improve their health outcomes.
This article describes how SHFs in one English county worked in partnership with general practitioners (GPs) and commissioners to improve the uptake of annual health checks for people with a learning disability. The article explores the processes developed, the challenges encountered and the benefits for people who have a learning disability resulting from this work.
Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2019.e1942Peer review
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George A, Jones J, Anderson K et al (2019) Developing strategic health facilitators to increase the uptake of annual learning disability health checks. Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2019.e1942
Published online: 23 January 2019
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