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Sensory Issues in People with Learning Disabilities course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By

This session allows the learner to consider how communication issues, hearing and visual impairments are common and important factors in the assessment of changing clinical situations, where underlying diagnosis may be multi-factorial.

This session was reviewed by Dirk Palet and last updated in July 2018

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe how to investigate and manage a common learning disability (LD) presentation
  • Recognise how the presence of a learning disability, as well as sensory and communication difficulties, can skew the presentation and management of common associated clinical conditions
  • State how the observation of body language, and other strategies, can improve interpersonal communication with people with learning disabilities
  • Recognise that functioning in people with learning disabilities can sometimes be improved by correcting identified hearing and visual impairment

In this session you will follow the example of a patient with learning disabilities (LD) who presents at your surgery. You will see how clinical and non-clinical factors can contribute to their management and treatment.

Instructors / Speakers
Graham Martin,
Retired General Practitioner

Dr Graham Martin is past chair of the RCGP intellectual disabilities working group. He was a full time GP principal at Red Roofs, Nuneaton, Warwickshire from 1974 to 1998, and for some of that time was a GP trainer and course organiser. The practice had a NHS Beacon Award for an annual health check clinic for patients with intellectual disabilities, and four peer reviewed papers have been published based on this service, over the past 10 years. Dr Martin is a member of the British Institute of Learning Disabilities and of Mencap. He has a son who is profoundly disabled with learning disabilities.

Sensory Issues in People with Learning Disabilities course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Developmental disabilities, Disability
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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