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Publication, Part of

Learning Disability Health Check Scheme, England, Quarter 1, 2019-20


The learning disabilities health check scheme is designed to encourage practices to identify all patients aged 14 and over with learning disabilities, to maintain a learning disabilities 'health check' register and offer them an annual health check, which will include producing a health action plan.

The learning disabilities health check scheme operates on a quarterly basis. This release contains data for the first quarter of 2019-20.

In agreement with NHS England this release has been delayed in order to improve the data quality. By delaying by 3 months the coverage has increased to 91 per cent in quarter 1 of 2019-20, from 85 per cent in quarter 1 of 2018-19. We have also seen the number of practices with a data quality issue drop from 1,262 in quarter 4, 2018-19 to 784 in the current release.

The learning disabilities health check scheme is one of a number of GP enhanced services. Enhanced services are voluntary reward programmes that cover primary medical services; one of their main aims is to reduce the burden on secondary care services. Data for other enhanced services are published annually, the latest release of these data is available under related links below.

Please note that field LDHC001 (register) is manually entered by GP practices and not extracted from GP systems. The contents of this field should be interpreted with caution as NHS Digital are unable to verify the data quality of these data. It should also be noted that where this field is blank it indicates that the practice did not manually enter this figure.

Last edited: 14 January 2022 9:15 am