14+ Yearly Learning Disability Health Check
- How do I get one?
- Who can go with me?
- What will happen before the appointment?
- What will happen at the health check?
14+ Yearly Health Checks are for anyone aged 14 or over with a learning disability who are on the GP practice learning disability register. Once on the register at your GP practice, you should be invited to come for an annual health check.
You can ask to put yourself on the register if you think they have a learning disability. You can also get someone else to do this for you. The learning disability register is different from the register of social care needs managed by local councils. You can check with your healthcare centre if you are on the register.
Some healthcare centres may not offer yearly health checks. If not you can ask them if they could provide one. If they say no, ask your local community learning disability team for advice. They should be able to help you access an annual health check.
You may want to have some support when you attend the yearly health check. For some people it may be a scary or new experience. This is understandable - you can choose if you would like to take someone with you or go on your own.
Before you go to your appointment, you may be sent a questionnaire to fill out. This will help the healthcare centre get to know you a bit better and helps you to think about some of the questions that the GP or nurse will ask you. Remember to take it with you when you go for your appointment.
If your health centre doesn't send you a questionnaire, you can download it below. If you need help filling it out you could ask for help from family, a friend or other trusted adult.
At the check up you will have an appointment with a GP or nurse. They will ask questions about your health, how you are feeling and give information and guidance on how to stay healthy.
During the health check the GP or practice nurse will;
- Do a physical check-up, including weight, heart rate, blood pressure and taking blood and urine samples
- Talk about staying well and if you need any help with this
- Talk about the medicines you are taking
- Talk about relationships and sexual health
- Check to see if vaccinations are up to date
- If you have a health problem such as asthma or diabetes, the GP or nurse will check how it's going
- They will check if your family and carers are getting the support they need.
If your learning disability has a specific cause, the GP or practice nurse will often do extra tests to see if there are any other health risks.
Who Can Help?
For more information on the 14+ health check you can visit Norfolk County Council's information page.
You can also contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.
You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below.