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Health, when you have ‘good health’ it is very easy to take it for granted. It is well-known that people with a learning disability face greater and more complicated complex health challenges than those who do not have a learning disability. People face discrimination, inequality of access and ‘diagnostic overshadowing’, these challenges are compounded for individuals who have a profound and multiple learning/intellectual disability (PMLD/PMID).

I hope these resources will help you when supporting people to achieve their optimum health. I have included a range of resources such as screening tools, assessment tools, examples of good practice guides, health passports, hospital checklists and examples of good communication.

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I wish you ‘good health’.

People with PMLD/PMID are likely to experience additional problems with: posture and mobility, dysphagia, respiration, epilepsy, pain/discomfort, communication, hearing, vision, mental health, continence support, dental and oral hygiene and care, nutrition and hydration, access to cancer screening and being dependent on technology for their health. Raising Our Sights - Health 'How-to' guide (Jillian Pawlyn/ Mencap) Raising Our Sights - Clinical Procedures 'How-to' guide (Jeanne Carlin/ Mencap) Health Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (Mencap) Health Guides (Mencap)Getting it Right Charter (Mencap)

Annual Health Check:

Health action plans:

Posture and mobility:

Dysphagia/Swallowing difficulties:






Mental health:

Continence support:

Dental and oral hygiene and care:

Nutrition and hydration:

Health during transition (childhood to adolescence):

Palliative and End of life:


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