Learning Disabilities

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This page includes useful information if your child or young person has learning disabilities.

Learning Disabilities and Autism Programme (formally transforming care)

The Learning Disabilities and Autism Programme can improve the lives of children, young people or children and adults with autism and/or learning disability, behaviour that challenges and/or mental health issues.  It is about improved support in your community. 

This is so that you don’t have to go to a mental health hospital or residential unit far away from where you live, because there are no services to meet your needs in your local area.

You can find out more on our Learning Disabilities and Autism Programme page.

Learning Disabilities Annual Health Checks

The Annual Health Check scheme is a free, yearly appointment with your doctor (GP) or Practice Nurse, usually near to where you live. In this appointment your doctor or nurse will ask you questions about how you keep yourself well and whether you need any extra help with this. With your consent they will also check your physical health such as your weight, heart rate and blood pressure. They may ask for a urine sample or a blood test and will also look at any medication that you take to make sure that this is still right for you.

The Annual Health Check is a really good time to ask your GP or nurse any questions or worries that you may have about your health.

You can find out more on our Learning Disability Annual Health Check page.

Key Worker Collaborative

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Key Worker collaborative is a project designed to prioritise children and young people who are living with a learning disability and/or autism and who have other complex behaviour or mental health needs that could increase their risk of hospitalisation.

The service is funded through NHS England and is separate from other services a child or young person may receive. Key Workers collaborate with other agencies and organisations to ensure the best possible outcomes for children and young people.

The objective of the collaborative is to support families during inpatient admission, to help avoid longer than needed stays, to reduce the risk of re-admission, and to support the return to the community.

Key Workers will make sure that these children, young people, and families get the right support at the right time.

A Key Worker will work with children and young people and their families and carers to make sure families are fully involved in their plans, feel listened to and informed and have the support they need at the right time, in a coordinated way.

Key working should help families experience a reduction in stress and uncertainty and an increase in stability.

You can find out more on the Key Worker Collaborative page.

Related Pages

  1. Universal Health Services
  2. Specialist Health Services
  3. Learning Disability Annual Health Check


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