Pharmacy teams in community, primary care and acute hospital settings see many people with learning disabilities.
You may not have attached that label to an individual, but you know that you need to use easy words and short sentences for this person, or take longer to show another person how to take their medicine. You will know the people who have complex repeat prescriptions – or you will recognise the family member or support worker who hurries in to collect medicines.
There are about a million people with learning disabilities in England. This diverse group have both poorer health than others and worse access to healthcare. Only about one in four people with learning disabilities are identified as such in their GP practice registers.