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Wednesday 20 March 2019
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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                                   SCREENING PROGRAMMES


Barriers to Screening 

Adults with Learning Disabilities are often overlooked when it comes to health screening. Reasons for this include but are not limited to:

Helping Service User to fill out a form

Support Available for Screening

There is additional support for patients available including:

Easy Read invitation letters and information leaflets

Short films explaining what to expect when going for screening

Reasonable adjustments at appointments. For example, longer appointments can be organised with assistance from Learning Disability nurses at acute trusts

The following Easy Read documents may be useful:

Easy Read guide to cervical cancer vaccination

Easy Read guide to breast screening 



Eligible patients may require extra support. For example, they may need help from carers with completing their bowel screening sample.

Patients may have difficulty in navigating complicated appointment booking systems.

Screening Hubs are not aware that a patient has a learning disability and will send out general information.

The assumption may be made that women are not sexually active and will not require cervical screening.

There may be dependence on supported living workers to accompany eligible patients to their appointments.




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How GP Practices Got Involved

Practices got involved by signing up to the Local Enhanced Service agreement and sending out easy read literature to those eligible patients who had not responded to their screening invitations. The results of the project are now available in our reports.

Learning Disability Screening Project - Easy Read

Learning Disability Screening Project - Executive Summary

Learning Disability Screening Project - Full Report

Please continue to remind your patients to attend for screening using the template letters. The process can be found below. 


Process for Practices


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