What is the learning disability register?

The learning disability register is a list of people who have learning disabilities. Doctors use it to make sure that people with learning disabilities get the right support in the right ways.

People with learning disabilities don’t always get the right help with their physical and mental health.

Being on the learning disability register tells healthcare staff that they need to adapt their support and care to you and your situation.

If you’re over 14 and on the learning disability register you also get a free annual health check to make sure that you are fit and healthy, and that no problems or illnesses have been missed. This is also a good chance to get to know your doctor better.


How do I get on the learning disability register?

Speak to your GP practice to check if you are on the register. The register is for anyone with a learning disability, including mild learning disabilities. Children with learning disabilities can also join the register.

If you aren’t on your GP’s learning disability register, staff at the GP practice can add your name for you. You will need to make an appointment to tell your doctor that you have a learning disability.

Below you will find a letter to give to your GP, just download and take along to the GP.



Please find below a short video explaining what the Learning Disability register is (1.38 minutes)

What will happen once I’m on the learning disability register?


  • You will get better, clearer support with your health
  • You will be eligible for your priority Covid-19 vaccination
  • You will get extra support when you visit your GP, and for making appointments
  • Staff at your GP surgery will make sure that the information you’re given is clear and easy to understand
  • If you’re over 14, you’ll receive an annual health check.


The Annual Health Check

Parents carers of a young person aged 14-25 with a learning disability, are being encouraged to make them an appointment for a free at their local GP surgery.
This is referred to as their Annual Health Check. Please click here to find out more: Annual health check 

This provides the opportunity to check on any ongoing health issues, such as diabetes or asthma, as well as talk over any physical or mental wellbeing concerns. The GP can referred on to other organisations for additional help and support if needed.

The document below will explain everything you need to know about the Annual Health Check,



Please find below a short video explaining what the Annual Health Check is (2.02 minutes)

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