We want young people to be supported to manage their own health as they move into adulthood. Lots of people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), find it helpful to use a Health Passport.
It is very important that young people with learning disabilities are registered on their GP Learning Disability Register from 14 years old, and annual health checks and health action plans are offered.
The Learning Disability Register allows the individual to be invited for a free annual health check. Young people can ask their GP surgery if they are on this register - if not, they can request to be on it. The register is different from the register of social care needs, which is managed by the Local Authority. All people on the learning disability register are invited for an annual health check from age 14 years old. This is because people with a learning disability often have poorer physical or mental health than other people. It is important to attend this check so you can get to know your GP before transitioning to adulthood. GPs and practice nurses can help you stop getting a serious health condition.
Advice and information
NHS Live Well provides information about the different ways that you can keep your mind and body healthy.