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Learning Disability Friendly Award for Portsdown Group Practice
13 December 2018

Portsdown Group Practice has become an accredited Learning Disability (LD) Friendly Practice - one of only a handful of GP practices in Portsmouth to gain this accolade. 

This accreditation recognises its awareness of the needs of people with a learning disability, and its ability to adjust the care and services accordingly. 

One key criteria is ensuring that people with a learning disability are offered an annual health check because they often experience poorer health, have more complex health needs, are less aware of illness and require additional support to maintain good health. 

Portsdown Group Practice has achieved well above the national target for completion of annual health checks for this cohort of patients. 

As a practice, it also has a dedicated Learning Disability Lead Nurse who ensures that patients with a learning disability are offered appropriate appointments, annual health checks, health action plans and enough time to process the information provided in the most appropriate form of communication for the individual patient, adapted to meet their specific needs. 

Julie Chapman, Clinical Leader Health Facilitation for Solent NHS Trust Integrated Learning Disability Service, Portsmouth said: “I am delighted that Portsdown Group Practice has achieved this status. 

“Part of this work involved undertaking annual health checks for people with a learning disability. Portsdown Group achieved 82% of these checks in 2017/18. The national target is 75% by 2019/2020. 

“Thank you to all the staff for providing these reasonable adjustments and enhancing the service provided for this patient group.”

Portsdown is the biggest group of GP practices in Portsmouth – serving nearly 44,000 patients registered at Cosham Park Avenue, Crookhorn Lane, Heyward Road (Southsea), Paulsgrove, Kingston Crescent (North End) and Somerstown.

The group has 273 patients registered with a learning disability.

Julie (left) is pictured with Heather Davy, who has received an award for completing the most LD health checks in the Portsmouth area.

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