Improving access to screening for people with learning disabilities
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Improving access to screening for people with learning disabilities

Anna Marriott Research fellow, Norah Fry Research Centre, Bristol
Sue Turner Learning disability lead, The National Development Team for Inclusion, Bath
Alison Giraud-Saunders Associate, The National Development Team for Inclusion, Bath

People with learning disabilities have poorer health than their non-disabled peers, and are less likely to access screening services than the general population. The National Development Team for Inclusion and the Norah Fry Research Centre developed a toolkit and guidance to improve uptake of five national (English) screening programmes (one of which is delivered through local programmes), based on work to improve access by people with learning disabilities in the south west peninsula of the UK. This article describes the findings in relation to the five English screening programmes and suggests ways to improve uptake of cancer screening by people with learning disabilities.

Correspondence sue.turner@ndti.org.uk

Nursing Standard. 29, 9,37-42. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.9.37.e9123

Received: 12 May 2014

Accepted: 07 July 2014

Published in print: 29 October 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review