Annual health checks to patients aged 14 years or over on the learning disabilities register


Under the Learning Disability Health Check Scheme (LDHC) Directed Enhanced Service (DES), GP practices are required to offer an annual health check to each patient aged 14 years or over on the learning disabilities register. The requirements are set out in the DES Directions 2022. During the pandemic, we advised GP practices that the LDHC could be undertaken with a blend of remote and in person appointments.

However, recent feedback of patient experience has indicated a preference to return to face to face checks and GP practices should now ensure that at least part of the check is face to face unless there is a strong clinical and / or patient preference for not doing so. Where the LDHC has already been delivered virtually this financial year, this will still be counted. More information can be found here.