Learning disabilities and Autistic Spectrum

In Salford there are more than 4,000 adults with a learning disability. About 1,000 have a moderate or severe learning disability and are registered with a GP practice. The other 3,000 have a mild learning disability and are not actively known/supported by specialist teams because they use mainstream health and social care services.

Below is a summary of the standard for treating patients who have learning disabilities or autistic spectrum conditions. Please click the PDF at the end of the summary to read the full explanation and additional details.  


What you should expect from your GP practice:  


  • Your practice will sign up to the Learning Disabilities Directly Enhanced Service (DES)

  • Your practice will have accurate Quality Outcomes Framework Learning Disabilities registers

  • Your practice will have a register of its patients with Autistic Spectrum Conditions

  • If you are aged over 14 and on the Learning Disabilities (LD) register, you will be offered the LD health check and given a Health Action Plan, where appropriate

  • Your practice will provide information in a range of accessible formats

  • Your information and communication requirements will be identified and recorded

  • If you need any ‘reasonable adjustments’, e.g. longer appointment times or information in an accessible format, this will be identified and recorded

  • You will be offered access to screening initiatives

  • Your practice will take part in the ‘LD Health & Wellbeing Self-Assessment Framework’ (LD SAF)


Download full details of Standard 5.4 Learning Difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Conditions