Recently updated guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the royal colleges
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced new guidance on prevention, assessment, and management of mental health problems in people with learning disabilities (LD). Doctors and others caring for people with LD should consider a mental health problem if a patient with LD shows a change in behaviour. A mental health care plan should be developed with each person with LD and a mental health problem, and should be integrated into their other care plans. GPs should offer an annual health check using a standardised template to all adults with LD, and all children and young people who are not having annual checks with a paediatrician. Annual health checks should include both a mental and a physical health review, and a review of all current interventions, including medication side effects.