In summer 2019 we received a #SpeakUp Grant to explore the awareness of and experiences of people with learning disabilities regarding annual health checks (AHCs). We carried out research with more than 70 people, including our members and their carers, and produced a report of our findings and recommendations, called My Health.
This work was part of a larger programme, funded by Healthwatch Sheffield to carry out engagement work with communities about their experience of health and social care services in the City.
Our findings told us that there is good awareness of AHCs, what happens at them and why they are important, and that reasonable adjustments are very important to people when accessing their health checks. We found that there is a lack of consistency in some practices in the delivery of AHCs and that it is very important for people with a learning disability to have someone with them to go to their annual health checks.
We made a series of recommendations in our report. To see these and to read about all of our findings, take a look at out our report: Mencap Speak Up My Health Report