Primary Health Care Archive

Health Action Planning Documents

Guidance letter for Learning Disabilty Partnership Boards

Health Action Plans and Health Facilitation, Good Practice Guidance for Learning Disability Partnership Boards : Easier to read version – “A Health Action Plan is a personal plan about what a person with learning disabilities can do to be healthy. It lists any help people might need to do those things. It helps to make sure people get the services and support they need to be healthy.”

Action for Health – Health Action Plans and Health Facilitation Detailed Good Practice Guidance on Implementation for Learning Disability Partnership Boards – A Health Action Plan details the actions needed to maintain and improve the health of an individual and any help needed to accomplish these. It is a mechanism to link the individual and the range of services and supports they need, if they are to have better health. Health Action Plans need to be supported by wider changes that assist and sustain this individual approach. The Plan is primarily for the person with learning disabilities and is usually co-produced with them.

Additional Notes on Health Action Planning

Health Action Plan flyer – Having your own Health Action Plan can help you to be healthy


Once a Day – one or more people with learning disabilities are likely to be in contact with your primary healthcare team, how can you help them?

Family Matters, Counting Families In – This report seeks to highlight the perspectives of family carers within the development of a national strategy for people with learning disabilities. The report represents a synthesis of a broad range of views, collected through consultation workshops, correspondence, conversations with family carers, and a review of the relevant literature.

Consent – A guide for People with Learning Disabilities

Consent – what you have a right to expect; A guide for relatives and carers – Before a doctor, nurse or therapist can examine or treat a patient, they usually need his or her consent or agreement. As long as the person you care for can understand what’s involved in the treatment, like anyone else over 18 he or she is the only person who can give consent. (For advice see our leaflet Consent: A guide for adults.) But what happens about consent if they have problems in understanding?  …Where do you stand as a relative or carer in situations like these? This guide is designed to help you.

Specimen form for adults who are unable to consent – This form should only be used where it would be usual to seek written consent, an adult patient lacks capacity to give or withhold consent to treatment and the Mental Health Act 1983 does not apply. (Word format)

Learning Difficulties and Ethnicity – The Centre for Research in Primary Care at the University of Leeds was commissioned by the Department of Health to conduct a scoping study of services for people with learning difficulties from minority ethnic communities. The study consisted of a review of the literature and interviews with key respondents.

National Service Network for Mental Health, Modern Standard & Service Models – “The National Service Framework for mental health will help drive up quality and remove the wide and unacceptable variations in provision… It sets national standards and defines service models for promoting mental health and treating mental illness.”

The NHS Cancer Plan – The Cancer Plan sets out the first comprehensive national cancer programme for England. It has four aims: to save more lives; to ensure people with cancer get the right professional support and care as well as the best treatments; to tackle the inequalities in health that mean unskilled workers are twice as likely to die from cancer as professionals; to build for the future through investment in the cancer workforce, through strong research and through preparation for the genetics revolution, so that the NHS never falls behind in cancer care again.

Tackling Obesity in England