What is the learning disability register?

The learning disability register is a list of people with a learning disability that the doctor’s surgery looks after.

Most doctor’s surgeries have their own learning disabilities register.

The learning disability register list will help the doctor, nurses and other healthcare staff know what support you need. This can include:

LD Register Easy read guides

Easy read information

Clock showing the time

Longer appointments

Two people supporting each other to join the learning disability register

Support with making decisions.

Why should you join the disability register?

It is good to join the learning disability register. By joining you can get:

  • extra support when you visit your doctor – including making an appointment
  • support to understand your doctor
  • more time to talk about how you are feeling

More time with your doctor

If you are on the learning disability register list, you can ask for reasonable adjustments.

These are small changes, which your doctor can make to help the way they treat you or the things you need when you visit the doctors surgery.

For example, you can ask for a longer appointment or an appointment at a time which is best for you.

You can also ask your doctor to give information in Easy Read or ask them to speak clearly.

When you join the learning disability register, your GP surgery will know how to make things easier for you.

For more information, see our page about reasonable adjustments.

Annual health check invite

By joining the learning disability register, you might be able to have a free Annual Health Check.

Annual health checks are for people with a learning disability who are over 14 years old. They happen every year and can help you stay healthy.

When on the GP learning disability register list, your GP surgery should invite you for an annual health check every year.

For more information, see our page about annual health checks.

Free flu jabs and COVID boosters

People on the learning disability register can get a free flu vaccine. You will also be invited for Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccines. If you have carers they will be invinted as well.

You can ask your doctor or pharmacy for advice about the flu jab or COVID vaccine .

For more information, see our page about vaccines.

Who can get on to the learning disability register?

Anyone of any age and any level of disability can join the learning disability register and get extra support. You can join the register, even if you live on your own or receive little support in your everyday life.

How do I join the learning disability register?

Contact your GP surgery

First, you, a family member or carer should contact your doctors surgery to make sure you are on their learning disability register.

You may need to make a doctor’s appointment to talk about learning disability register and if you can join.  

Check if you're already on the register

When you first contact the doctor’s surgery, you can ask them to check if you are on the learning disability register already. If you are not on the learning disability register, you can ask to be added.   

Book the appointment with your GP

When you ask to join the learning disabilities register, the receptionist might not know about the register and might not be able to check it for you.

You may need to make an appointment with your GP to talk about the learning disability register.

Explain how your learning disability affects you

At your appointment with your doctor, you can tell them about your learning disability and the kind of support you need.

You can ask for reasonable adjustments and support to make it easier to book an appointment and visit the doctor’s surgery.

Mencap Myth Buster — Brendan Chivasa story

Brendan Chivasa is a Mencap Myth Buster and campaigner. He has joined the learning disability register.

Read Brendan’s blog to find out why it’s important to join the learning disability register.

A man at the doctors getting a check up and joining the LD Register

Easy Read reasonable adjustments letter

This letter may be useful to get help at the doctors. Fill it in or ask someone to help, and give it to the doctor's surgery next time you visit.

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The Learning Disability Helpline

Our free helpline service offers advice and support for people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

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