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GP Learning Disability Register

If your child or young person has a learning disability, make sure they are included on this register, so that they can get an annual health check from 14 upwards.

People with learning disabilities often have difficulty in recognising illness, communicating their needs and using health services. Regular health checks can detect treatable illnesses and help  prevent more serious ones, as well as familiarising the young person with the GP practice which they may use throughout their adult life.  There are over one million people of all ages in England who have a learning disability but only 200,000 of these currently appear on GP registers.  

Want to join the register? Download a template letter to send to your GP

More on healthchecks for people with LDs:



Healthcare appointment passports

If you are taking a child or young person with additional needs or disabilites to a health care appointment, a customised "passport" can be a huge help.

The passport contains important information about your child such as communication needs, support needs, medication, their  likes and dislikes.  The aim is make the visit to Addenbrooke’s smoother and easier for both the child and parents. 

View our passports page for templates you can print and customise for your child. There is a general one, one for Addenbrookes and one for people on the autistic spectrum.


The NHS employs over a million staff in thousands of locations. It is a large and complex organisation providing a broad range of services. It is not surprising that sometimes you or a loved one may feel bewildered or concerned when using the NHS. And this can be at times when you are feeling at your most vulnerable and anxious. The Patient Advice and Liaison Service, known as PALS, listens to patients, their relatives, carers and friends, and answers their questions and resolves their concerns as quickly as possible.

Contact Cambridgeshire and Peterborough PALS:

School nurses

The School Nursing Service  provides  confidential information, advice and help to all children, young people, and their carers in a variety of settings like schools. There is also a Special Needs School Nursing Service  rovided at the following Cambridgeshire schools: 


  • Spring Common School, Huntingdon 
  • Samuel Pepys School, St Neots 
  • Grant School, Cambridge 
  • Castle School, Cambridge 
  • Highfield School, Ely (outreach only) 
  • Meadowgate School, Wisbech


Download leaflets about both services, at the bottom of the page.

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire  is a network made up of individuals, community groups and organisations working together to improve health and social care services. Theye listen to what local people like and dislike about local services and then feed back to health and social care providers, helping them to plan and deliver better services that reflect what people want.


Nursing nurture       

Nursing Nurture is an independent health visiting and breastfeeding support service based in Ely and covering Cambridgeshire. Sarah Oakley independent health visitor and lactation consultant, visits clients in their own homes as well as offering support in groups and clinics.  Read more here.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

If you are concerned about a young child who has experienced or witnessed a frightening event, get in touch with PYCES.

PYCES is a randomised controlled trial (RCT) which provides free cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to young children (aged 3-8 years) who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after experiencing or witnessing a frightening event.

Eligibility: Children aged 3 - 8  who have experienced or witnessed a frightening event (e.g. serious injury,road traffic accident, assault) and are showing signs of distress (e.g. avoidance, nightmares, irritability,trouble concentrating and sleep problems).

The PYCES study is still open for recruitment and will be taking referrals until October 2017.

 Visit the PYCES website for further information: