The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to unprecedented changes in the work and behaviour of GP practices and consequently the data in this publication may have been impacted, including indicators and contextual data from patients registered at a GP Practice.
The data is extracted through the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) therefore the burden of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has not affected the collection of data for this publication.
Caution should be taken in drawing any conclusions from this data without due consideration of the circumstances both locally and nationally as of 1 January 2020 and NHS Digital would recommend that any use of this data is accompanied by an appropriate caveat.
This publication supersedes and is not comparable with previous versions due to changes to the code clusters used to identify patients with a learning disability. In addition, new indicators have been introduced:
• Two indicators for patients who had a learning disability health check under the Enhanced Service with new age bands
which align with Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) data.
• Fourteen indicators to monitor the prescription of medication to patients with a learning disability to support the NHS
STOMP (stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism, or both) campaign.
• Nine redundant indicators have also been retired. More information on these changes can be found in the Data
Quality section of this publication.
The aim of this publication is to provide information about the key differences in healthcare between people with a learning disability and those without. It contains aggregated data on key health issues for people who are recorded by their GP as having a learning disability, and comparative data about a control group who are recorded by their GP as not having a learning disability.
Data has been collected from participating practices using EMIS, EVA Health Technologies formerly MICROTEST and Cegedim Healthcare Systems formerly VISION GP practice systems.
This publication does not include sections on 'Life Expectancy' and 'Mortality' due to issues in obtaining mortality data. Analysis on the excess mortality indicator and life expectancy comparisons will be published at a future date when the data becomes available.