Getting it Right in Reading

Getting it Right in Reading was an LD Health project that ran from April 2016 to March 2018 helping people with learning disability to understand about keeping healthy and helping them attend their Annual Health Checks.  People who live independently with little support or those who live with elderly carers can find it difficult to understand about health checks and what they entail.  Our Health Family Adviser helped people to attend their checks and manage their anxiety and understand what the GP was saying and asking them to do.  If there were referrals for further treatment or screening the Family Adviser would also arrange support for the person to attend.

Read our guide to what an Annual Heath check involves.


5 Steps to Health

The 5 Steps to Health are 5 things we can do to support people with learning disabilities live longer and healthier lives. 

The 5 steps to health are:

1. Health Action Plans

2. Reasonable Adjustments

3. Hospital Passports

4. Sepsis & Pneumonia

5. The Mental Capacity Act

Download a copy of the 5 Steps to Health Booklet. The booklet has been produced by Options for Supported Living. 


If you're thinking "What's the problem?", watch this video by Royal Mencap. You'll get the idea. This is part of their campaign Treat Me Well. You can sign up to support this campaign at

With the loss of the CCG funding in April 2018 the Reading Mencap project came to an end and, with it, the multidisciplinary group Being as Healthy as We Can (focused on Annual Health Checks) was also discontinued. However, Reading Mencap still continues its work to improve services and spread understanding of the needs of people with LD trying to access health services.

WE still aim to produce a report to outline areas that we feel could be improved across all services for the delivery and access to the Annual Health Checks.

Our ‘Resource Pack’ for GPs remains current. This is for practice staff and the GP Learning Disability Lead to support their understanding of LD. It shows how to make reasonable adjustments to support learning disability health checks and generally to provide a better service for people with learning disabilities. You can view and/or download the resource pack by clicking on the blue link.

As part of this project, there are three useful very short videos to help ensure people with a learning disability don't miss out when it comes to their health. Please click on the images to view them.

This ‘Health is Everybody’s Responsibility’ video is about getting an Annual Health Check. It is performed by the Misfits Theatre Company, who are actors with learning disability.

The second video shows people with learning disabilities talking about what happened during their annual health checks.  You can also download a Don't Miss Out on your Annual Health Check poster.

You don't have to be ill to have a health check. This third video from the Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group explains why it's important to have a health check each year.