A number of investigations and reports have highlighted the significant risk adults with learning disabilities experience when accessing health services.
People with a learning disability experience poorer health outcomes when compared with the general population.
People with learning disabilities have differing health needs and have earlier mortality rates and often communicate their health needs differently.
The completion of a key information summary for all those on the LD register ensures services are better informed to deal with an individual’s specific health needs, aiming to reduce the delay in access, treatment and diagnosis.
KIS should include the following:
• Severity and cause of learning disability where known (or state unknown)
• Living and support arrangements
• NOK details where applicable
• Adults with Incapacity status (Section 47 if issued)
• Details of communication difficulties if known
• Details of additional medical need which may place the patient in danger eg high risk of aspiration