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Learning disability (LD) QOF tips

Tips for improving QOF scores in this area and current indicators for 2013/14.

Ensure patients are comfortable to come in for checks (Picture: SPL)
Ensure patients are comfortable to come in for checks (Picture: SPL)

Tips for improving achievement

Xanthe Breen of the Down’s Syndrome Association says checks around childhood are generally done very well, and people with Down’s syndrome are quite well educated about checks. 'They are often really aware of the things they need to look out for,' she says.

But she adds: 'GPs need to ensure that people with Down’s syndrome do not miss out on checks as they are transferred from services for under-18s to those for adults. When people with Down’s syndrome come for checks, it’s important to be aware that checks might take longer than with other patients and to create an environment where they are comfortable with the GP or nurse, so they are happy to come back for checks.' 

Current indicators

Learning disability (LD) indicators Points Achievement threshold

LD001: The contractor establishes and maintains a register of patients aged 18 or over with learning disabilities.



LD002: The percentage of patients on the learning disability register with Down’s Syndrome aged 18 or over who have a record of blood TSH in the preceding 12 months (15 months in Wales and N Ireland) (excluding those who are on the thyroid disease register).



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