It is important to look after your health and you start to live more independently. You can visit the NHS website for reliable health information and guidance on all aspects of health and healthcare.
There are lots of things you can do to manage your health and wellbeing yourself as well. Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust provide useful information on healthy lifestyles.
Young people between the ages of 14 and 17 who have a learning disability are eligible for an annual health check. This is an important opportunity to discuss your physical and mental health with your GP and build relationships to help encourage future good health.
People with learning disabilities are ten times more likely to have a significant sight problem and so you should make sure that you get your eyes tested regularly.
Devon Clinical Commissioning Group
What does it do?
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are the NHS organisations responsible for buying and developing health services for local patients, and their membership is made up of all local GP practices. CCGs do not directly provide any services.
They purchase a number of key services from local providers and aim to make the best use of the resources and public money available to support children and young people.
The main providers of health services for children and young people in the area are NHS Foundation Trusts, Community Hospitals and Children and Family Health Devon.
We make sure all the providers have the opportunity to place an entry on Pinpoint Devon to describe what they offer.
We work closely with the Devon CCG and Public Health teams to understand the needs of our population, including:
- What services are most valuable in meeting needs.
- What can be done to make health services more effective and accessible.
- How to identify the gaps in services.
How can CCGs support you?
CCGs also buy services for a small number of children and young people on an individual basis.
They do this when a young person’s care needs meet continuing healthcare criteria or they have a clinically-identified health need that cannot be met by the services already in our area or provided by another organisation.
NHS Continuing Health Care
Some people with long-term, complex health needs qualify for free social care arranged and funded by the NHS. This is known as NHS Continuing Healthcare.
You can read more about it in the easy read guide: Continuing Health Care (CHC)
Depending on your circumstances one option for your care and health package from the NHS could be a Personal Health Budget.
Who can have a Personal Health Budget?
If you are under 18 and meet children’s continuing healthcare criteria, you can request a personal health budget for appropriate elements of your healthcare. Instead of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) purchasing a service, funding will be made directly available through your parents.
If you are over 18 and you have a disability or complex medical problem, you might qualify for free NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) which could be in the form of a Personal Health Budget; the eligibility criteria are different so you will need a different assessment.
What’s it for?
The aim of a personal health budget is that children, young people and their parents or carers have greater choice, flexibility and control over the healthcare they receive.
How do I get one?
If you think you may be eligible for a personal health budget, you can discuss this with someone who already provides your healthcare, such as a nurse or physiotherapist.