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Karen died of cancer in April 2013 when she was only 44.

This was the tragic ending to three years of distress and worry after Karen, who had a learning disability (LD), was moved from home following an assessment of capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005*.

Why have I decided to have Karen's Page?

To inform families of people with learning difficulties what problems they may encounter and help to prevent a similar tragedy happening to them.

Our SURVEY about annual health checks is now closed except for paper copies (see below):

   

 

As Karen loved butterflies I am using a butterfly as a symbol for improving the awareness of problems encountered by people with a learning disability and their families

*once over 18y a person must be assumed to have capacity unless it is established via an assessment that they lack capacity: http://www.essex.gov.uk/Business-Partners/Partners/Adult-Social-Care-providers/Pages/Mental-Capacity-Act-for-professionals.aspx

Update: The House of Lords Committee reports on misuse of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 - this article mentions Steven Neary's case. There needs to be a change in this law, repeal and/or proper training of those implementing it: BBC Article

 

 

Annual Health Check Survey - Now Closed

Learning Disability Carers Community and Karen's Page have produced this NHS approved survey to investigate the uptake of annual health-checks for adults with learning difficulties and to investigate their quality. For this purpose it will be just as useful to us for the survey to be completed even if the person with learning disabilities that you care for does not attend for an annual health check.

A full analysis of the given data and a report outlining our findings will be published in due course.

 

 

Derbyshire project to promote cancer screening in people with LD

I'm pleased to say that Derbyshire has set up a project to promote screening for breast, bowel and cervical cancer in people with LD amongst GPs and other groups.

 

 
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