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Big Health Check Day brings together residents with learning disabilities, carers and health and social care professionals

PUBLISHED: 15:21 14 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:21 14 November 2014

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More than 170 people came along and participated in the day

Residents with learning disabilities, carers and health and social care professionals got together at the Civic Offices in Bexleyheath last week for Bexley’s Annual ‘Big Health Check Day’.

More than 170 people came along and participated in the day was designed to encourage people who use health and social services to give their views on the services and to find out more about what’s available to them.

Eileen Pallen, cabinet member for adult services, said: “We think it is really important for local people who use the services to have a voice and the chance to tell us about the good things that are happening, as well as how we can do things better in the future.

“We also wanted to use this opportunity to make sure that people know what kind of support is on offer for them. I would like to thank all the service users, family members and carers who came along and shared their experiences with us during the day.”

During the event the council and NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group took the opportunity to gather information to help them complete the learning disabilities self assessment framework, which is required annually by Public Health England.

The Framework enables both services to reflect on how they have performed over the last year and where there are improvements to be made.

Chairman of NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP, Dr Howard Stoate said: “Research shows that people with learning disabilities generally experience poorer health than the general population, which is usually avoidable.

“As a CCG we have a key role in tackling health inequalities. It is therefore crucial that we hold events like this for people to share their thoughts and voice their ideas. Working alongside the local authority, we hope to be able to use the feedback from this session to ensure we address social factors and deliver high-quality, cost effective general and specialist health services for people with learning disabilities.”

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