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Manchester Learning Disability Partnership Board

Regular health checks from your doctor for adults with a learning disability

Better health


Issue 29 • Free • Every two months March and April 2009

Minutes of January 2009 Meeting w w w. p a r t n e r s h i p b o a r d . o r g

Meetings for 2009 Meetings are on Tuesdays and start at 10:30am 17 March 19 May 14 July 15 September 17 November We meet at Manchester People First’s new offices: 3 Broughton Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M8 8RF

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Mary Shaw We were sad to hear that Mary Shaw has died. Mary was a member of the Partnership Board since it started and she did a lot for of work over the years for the learning disabled community. At our January meeting we held a minute’s silence. Bernie Woods proposed that there should be something such as a plaque at the Town Hall and an award ceremony to mark Mary Shaw’s hard work.


January 2009 meeting Better health Gail Henshaw from NHS Manchester and Moira Donlon from Manchester Learning Disability Partnership, came to talk about the Department of Health’s plans for annual health checks by GPs for people with a learning disability. This plan is called a Directed Enhanced Service. It was due to start in April 2008, but started in September 2008 and will run for 2 years. GPs can choose if they want to offer this service or not. If they do, they have to go on a training course and keep a list of their patients who have a moderate to severe learning disability.


The GP can claim £200 for each patient for 2 health checks. The NHS will see that the checks are of a good standard before they pay the GP. There are 102 surgeries with 355 GPs in Manchester. So far, 50 surgeries have said they will send GPs on the training course. Moira said annual health checks are important for people with a learning disability because a lot of health problems can get missed and get worse. A checklist for doctors to follow is being written. It is based on the ‘Cardiff model’ and will help doctors know what the health needs of a person with a learning disability are now and might be in the future. It should mean that conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes are spotted. Support will be available to help people get appointments at their doctor’s surgery or for a home visit.


Bernie Woods said it was important for parents know about health checks, so they can get their GP to give this service. Stephen Hughes asked what will happen after the 2 year trial. The NHS in Manchester wants the checks to become a normal part of services. Paul Cassidy asked about the quality of doctor’s services? The NHS hope that health checks will make services better for people with a learning disability. Bernie Woods said patient forums and surveys were a good way of seeing the quality of services given by doctors. Basil Curley said we should be told how many doctor’s surgeries are taking part. Stephen Kingsberry asked about services for physically disabled people? Rob Riley was worried that the checks had not started when they were planned to. Joseph Rooney said there should be an event held to tell people with a learning disability about the health checks. Action: Duncan Mitchell will get information about which doctors will be giving the health checks. Basil Curley will write to the Department of Health and the Secretary of State for Health saying how good health helps the quality of life for people with a learning disability.


Leisure Geoff Iball from the Council’s Leisure Department told us about how they were doing with plans to make swimming pools more accessible to disabled people.

3 pools will have work done: • North City Family and Fitness Centre • Manchester Aquatics Centre • Wythenshawe Forum


Manchester Leisure, Corporate Technical Services and Manchester Learning Disability Partnership are working as a group to do this work. Things are going slower than planned because the Council’s Corporate Property Team has taken over all plans for council land and buildings. The plans will start this year. The pool at Wythenshawe Forum will get assisted changing and other work, which will start soon and take 3 months. Surveys to do similar work will be done at the other 2 pools and will be done by this summer. More improvements will be made at: • Abraham Moss • Moss Side Leisure Centre • Withington Pool Paul Cassidy asked if all new pools will be accessible? Mike Craven is worried about how long it is taking to make the access to pools better. He is working with the Sports Development Team to have timetabled swimming sessions for people with a learning disability. Bernie Woods asked what training is given to leisure centre staff and if people could do diving? Mike Craven said there was training at North City Baths and diving can be done at the Aquatics Centre. A directory of accessible facilities is planned. Stephen Kingsberry said there were cuts in the budget for the Paralympics.


Paul Brannick said physiotherapists should encourage swimming and go to the pool with people. Mike Craven said this does happen and more will be done when the improvements have been done. Basil Curley said it is important for disabled people to have accessible leisure choices, but this will cost money.

Crimes against disabled people Inspector Peter Forster from Greater Manchester Police gave a talk about hate crime. He said if someone does something to a disabled person that makes them feel uncomfortable or unhappy, they should report it to the police. The police will see if it is a crime. A lot of crimes against disabled people do not get reported. Sometimes disabled people think it is not important, or no one will believe them, or it is “just part of life”. But things can get worse if they are not stopped. The police will be bringing out a pack called ‘True Vision’ to help disabled people report crimes done against them. You can report a crime in other ways: Phone 999 in an emergency. An emergency means the crime is happening now or you are in danger now. Phone 872 5050 to talk about things to the Police. On the internet at Phone the Council’s race and hate crime report line on 08000 830 007 If you don’t want to directly go to the police, you can visit a third party reporting centre in one of these council offices:


Crescent Bank, Humphrey Street, Crumpsall. Leaf Centre, Varley Street, Miles Platting

Oakwood Resource Centre, 177 Longley Lane, Northenden The person who has suffered a hate crime does not have to report it themselves. But it is helpful if the police can talk to the victim. The police can see someone away from home or send plain clothes officers if it helps. People can report crimes without giving their name, but this only helps them see where crime spots are. Paul Brannick said he was worried about being bullied by the police. Peter said the Police where there to help and keep people safe. Joseph Rooney said Manchester People First have done role playing exercises with the Police to help people with a learning disability feel safer.

Keeping people safe Paul Cassidy said the Department of Health and Valuing People have written a booklet called ‘Safeguarding Adults with Learning Disabilities – Keeping People Safe’. Copies of the booklet have been given to people on the Partnership Board. Paul said everyone should read it and show it to people they work with. Every year in Manchester there are over 100 complaints about the abuse of learning disabled people. This means that about 1 in 15 people could be affected. Because a lot of abuse is not reported, more people might be being abused. Stephen Hughes said Manchester People First is running a Hate Crime Conference with the Crown Prosecution Service on 5 March. If people want to know more, contact Stephen. Phone: 0161 839-3700 Email:


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Together issue 29  
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Manchester Learning Disability Partnership Board newsletter March and April 2009