Our Learning Disability Strategic Health Facilitation Team can be contacted for help and advice. Their contact details are below.

Information for GPs

What is the Annual Health Check?

In 2008 the Department of Health announced a two-year Direct Enhanced Service (DES) to deliver Annual Health Checks for people with learning disabilities living in England. It has been proven to be effective in diagnosing and treating in people with learning disabilities conditions that might otherwise have been missed. The health checks scheme has continued each year. 

In Derbyshire some of our practices, in the Dales and Moir Medical Centre, have been trailblazers in delivering health checks prior to the DES. All practices in Derbyshire are now registered to deliver the enhanced service so this information will be relevant to you and your practice colleagues. 

Watch a short video featuring Daniel, one of our Strategic Health Facilitators, encouraging people with learning disabilities to get their health check:

As a GP, what do I need to do?

Please follow the steps set out in this section to complete the annual health checks.

GPs are also asked to complete a QOF Quality Improvement plan for their Learning Disability Health Checks. Please talk to one of our learning disability nurses (listed below) about how you can improve yours. The target is to achieve at least 75%.

Each practice is provided with a named Learning Disabilities Nurse from the LD Strategic Health Facilitation Team. They will provide practices with LD training and verification of the LD health check register, and advice on reasonable adjustments, easy read information, local services and non-attenders.  

More information


Daniel says we can't see inside our bodies. He is using the body apron to explain why Health Action Plans are important.




All general enquiries: Rachel.johnson10@nhs.net

Link Strategic Health Facilitators and PCNs

Daniel Roberts Daniel.roberts23@nhs.net

Derbyshire Dales, Chesterfield and Dronfield  
High Peak

Rachel Johnson (Lead Strategic Health Facilitator) Rachel.johnson10@nhs.net
Alfreton, Ripley, Crich and Heanor

Jodie Cassidy Jodie.cassidy@nhs.net
North East Derbyshire
North Hardwick and Bolsover
South Hardwick

Lynn Morris Lynnmorris1@nhs.net

Mark Jones markjones1@nhs.net
Greater Derby
Derby City North
Oakdale Park
Derby City South.