Useful information for people with a learning disability and their carers

Annual health checks

People with a learning disability aged 14 years and older can get an annual health check and health action plan from their GP surgery. This will help you to stay healthy. To find out more look at our easy read 'Step by Step Guide to Annual Health Checks' or you can contact the health facilitator at the Community Learning Disability Team.

Being Healthy booklet

In Brighton & Hove we have created a Being Healthy booklet for people with a learning disability and their carers. You can use it to find out about things you can do to be healthy and the services that can help you with this. You can download the Being Healthy booklet or you can call the Community Learning Disability Team on 01273 295550 to ask for a copy. 

Support if you need to go to hospital

There are learning disability liaison nurses who work in Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust to make sure people with a learning disability get the right help and support when they need to go to hospital for an appointment, for treatment or to stay in hospital.

The liaison nurses can help you if you use hospital services in any of these places:

  • Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
  • Sussex Eye Hospital, Brighton
  • Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath
  • Hove Polyclinic, Hove

There is a hospital care passport that you can fill in which will help hospital staff to know important information about you. For example, any allergies you have, the best way to communicate with you, and what health problems you may have. You can download the hospital care passport or you can call the Community Learning Disability Team or the Learning Disability Liaison Nurses to ask for a copy. 

The learning disability liaison nurses can be contacted on 01273 696955 extension 64975, Monday to Friday during office hours.

Keeping people safe

Safeguarding means protecting someone’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Help and support is available in Brighton & Hove if you or someone you know is at risk of, or experiencing, abuse or neglect. Find out more about safeguarding on our keeping people safe pages

You can download an easy read leaflet about safeguarding (PDF 1.2MB).

Information for carers

A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to family or friends who couldn't manage without this help.

This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend, who is ill, frail, disabled, or has mental health or substance misuse problems. You don't have to live in the same house as the person you care for to be their carer. Find out more about help and support for carers on our carers pages

You can also download an easy read carers information booklet (PDF 8.3MB).

Brighton & Hove inclusive communication

People with learning disabilities often face challenges with communication. The inclusive communication approach is about using all relevant available resources to facilitate successful and equal understanding and expression. Some examples are photos, body language, symbols, signs, gesture, music, large print, touch, objects and assistive technology.

Brighton & Hove inclusive communication is part of the Speech and Language Therapy team within the Community Learning Disability Service.

We aim to:

  • Raise awareness and emphasise the importance and relevance of supporting communication for people with a learning disability
  • Support staff to ensure they are doing all they can to facilitate effective communication in their services
  • Provide a consistent quality mark for communication in Brighton & Hove learning disability services

The Inclusive Communication Charter is a set of 6 standards developed to help services ensure they are doing everything possible to facilitate relevant and effective communication.

For more information about inclusive communication, signing up to the Charter and attending the IC workshops, please call the inclusive communication officer on 01273 295550 or email

You can also download the inclusive communication resource pack (PDF 12.5MB)