The researcher has chosen to research the area of people with learning disabilities. Researcher because of experience of working in a PCT chose this subject area, where a large proportion of people with learning disabilities access primary health care services from independent contractors. The researcher works closely with a learning disabilities team and is carrying out research on their behalf that has a keen interest to identify the barriers for people with learning disabilities face, while accessing health services within Kensington and Chelsea PCT.
As a health care practitioner, researcher is concerned that these people are discriminated against. The new government health strategy “our health, our care, our say” reinforces people rights and desires. Therefore, why not people with learning disability have a same right as other people and why they cannot access the same services.
The aim of the study is to identify “Are health’s needs being met by GP services for people with learning disabilities?” The purpose of this study is to identify the most effective ways of closing the health gap and improving services so that people with learning disability problems have their physical needs met. A review of literature in this area was carried out using various search strategies (See appendix 1).
Learning disability is a major concern around the world. Not all people share equal opportunities for good health and evidence indicates that people in less advantaged circumstances experience poorer health . The poorer health of people with learning disabilities is the major concern in present circumstances. Therefore, this proposal will review the wider causes of health inequalities and consider how these affect people with learning disabilities.
“People with learning disabilities have much poorer health than the general population and the NHS has traditionally failed to serve people with learning disabilities