What does ‘Learning Disability’ mean?
A learning disability affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate. Learning disabilities can be mild, moderate or severe/profound. Find out more about Learning Disabilities on the NHS website.
What services are there?
Devon’s Learning Disability Nursing team gives advice and support to professionals and families of children and young people with severe or profound Learning Disabilities.
Devon Partnership NHS Trust has Learning Disability nurses for young people aged 18+.
How do I access these services?
Children and Family Health Devon
Single Point of Access Team
1a Capital Court
Sowton Industrial Estate
Exeter EX2 7FW
Tel: 0330 024 5321 – ask to speak to a duty member from the Learning Disability Team
Learning Disability Annual Health Checks
Young people between the ages of 14 and 17 who have a learning disability are eligible for an annual health check. This is an important opportunity to discuss both their physical and mental health with their GP and build relationships to help ensure their future good health. Please read this letter for more information about annual health checks for young people with a learning disability.
This toolkit from the Royal College of General Practitioners collects guidance and resources to help GPs, practice nurses and the primary administration team organise and perform quality Annual Health Checks on people with a learning disability.
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