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Specialised learning disability training delivered by CCG

Specialised learning disability training delivered by CCG

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Specialist training to support people with learning disabilities has been delivered by one CCG

As part of Mencap’s Learning Disabilities Week, training has been provided for residential home support workers and supported living staff so that they are able to provide better support with their health action plans. 

Health action plans including information on oral health, fitness and mobility, nutrition and emotional needs are created for each individual in the CCG. 

Bassetlaw CCG’s learning disability primary health facilitator and specialist nurse Siouxie Nelson has been delivering the training. 

She said: “People with learning disabilities are more likely to have an undetected health problem than other people. Some people with learning disabilities do not know what services are there to help them. 

“That is why the health action plan is so important, as it enables people with learning disabilities to get the services they need to stay well and healthy.” 

As part of the health action plan people are provided with a ‘green booklet’ which they take to primary health appointments. The booklet allows each individual to create a personal health plan with the help of carers and support workers. 

NHS Bassetlaw CCG Chair and local GP Dr Steve Kell, said: “NHS Bassetlaw CCG has a strong commitment to ensure people with learning disabilities receive safe and effective care and we are determined to make sure that all people with learning disabilities in Bassetlaw receive annual health checks from their GP practices. 

“We want to improve the health of people in Bassetlaw who have a learning disability, helping identify and treat medical conditions early and to screen for the health issues that are particular to people with a learning disability.”

Specialised sexual health educational programmes have also been developed for young adults with learning disabilities. The programmes will be delivered by the local sexual health service later this year. 

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