Clinical update

Learning disability and mental health

Read our guide to a new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standard on identifiying and managing mental health problems in people who have a learning disability.
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Read our guide to a new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standard on identifiying and managing mental health problems in people who have a learning disability

Essential facts

Learning disabilities affect around 1.5 million people in the UK. The prevalence of mental health problems is considerably higher for those with learning disabilities than for the general population, with estimates suggesting between 30-50% of adults are affected.

What’s new

In January, NICE published new quality standards on the prevention, assessment and management of mental health problems in those with a learning disability. Recommendations include: annual health checks to encompass a mental health review; those with a serious mental illness being allocated a key worker; and psychological interventions tailored to the individual.

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