Access All Areas – a big step towards Annual Health Checks

Staying healthy is important to everyone but getting the information you need is not always easy – especially if you have a learning disability or autism.

‘Access All Areas’ was held on Thursday 13 September, 2018, at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. This first event of its kind in Buckinghamshire attracted nearly 250 visitors, and saw 100 people from organisations across the county come together to help address the health inequalities people with learning disability or autism can face.

Over 36 health and social care exhibition stands provided advice and support. These included Nclude, BuDs, Healthy Minds, Bucks Safe Places, Autism Bucks, Audiology and Hearing Therapy Services (BHT) and Speech and Language Therapy (HPFT).

There was also plenty of hands on activities aimed at eating well and staying active such as a smoothie bike, an asthma bus, healthy cooking demonstrations, yoga and even a shooting range.

Access All Areas is just one way that the Transforming Care Partnership is helping to improve the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability or autism in Buckinghamshire. As part of this they want to encourage more people to sign up for Annual Health Checks with their GP.

14 Annual Health checks are for adults and young people aged 14 or over with a learning disability. Learning Disabilities annual health checks are different from the wider NHS health check scheme. They are designed to pick up a bigger range of unmet health needs – whereas regular NHS health checks focus on reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. Evidence shows that learning disabilities health checks can identify previously unrecognised health needs, including those associated with life-threatening illnesses