My Health Matters in Barnet
In Barnet, our aim is to improve health outcomes for people with a learning disability. We know from the Confidential Inquiry (CIPOLD) that people with a learning disability are dying prematurely. This should not be happening.
There are many reasons for this, including:
• lack of healthcare co-ordination
• communication barriers
• lack of reasonable adjustments being made by mainstream healthcare services
It is recommended that all people with a learning disability should have an annual health check with their GP and a health action plan.
A Health Action Plan is a document that contains important information about someone's health needs. The action plan should be taken to all health appointments. This will make sure vital information is shared and help health care staff understand how to work best with that person.
The My Health Matters book is Barnet’s approach to health action planning and was launched in 2018. Find out more about annual health checks
How to get the My Health Matters book
You can get your My Health Matters book by coming to the My Health Matters training. This training is accessible to all (families, health care professionals, care providers and people with a learning disability) and lasts for 2 hours. To book on to the training please:
Email: BLDSIntegratedDuty@barnet.gov.uk with your name, role and contact details
or call 020 8359 6161
If you are unable to attend the training or feel you may need more help to complete the book then please make a referral to the learning disability nursing team via our referral form
What people have said about their experience on our training course
"I really need one of these. It will really help me with my health. I won’t have to worry about trying to explain everything to the hospital staff" - service user
"What a brilliant idea, this will really help me support my clients at their health appointments" - health professional
"The training makes the communication better for the people we support" - support worker