Primary Care Liaison Nurses

Primary Care Liaison Nurses for adults with a learning disability

What is Primary Care?

Primary care is the first point of contact for health care unless it’s an emergency. It is mainly provided by GPs (general practitioners), but community pharmacists, opticians and dentists are also primary health care providers.

What does the Primary Care Liaison Nurse Team do?

We are a team of nurses who work alongside primary care providers and community hospitals. Our aim is to improve the professionals understanding of how to meet the health needs of people with a learning disability and to enable those, with a learning disability, to get the best from primary care before being referred on to specialist services if needed.

We do this by:

  • Checking GP registers to make sure those with a learning disability are recognised within the practice, so their needs can be met and reasonable adjustments can be made, for example a double appointment time.
  • Working closely with GP surgeries to improve the uptake and quality of the annual health checks. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/learning-disabilities/annual-health-checks/
  • Providing support to individuals, their carers and support staff to those who may have difficulties attending or accessing services.
  • Offering general and bespoke training to primary care staff, advice and signposting to other services and encouraging the use of effective communication including easy read material.

Each nurse is based in a different area. Please contact your local nurse for further information.

Contact Information

West Cornwall – 07717 586762

Mid Cornwall (Truro) – 07500 443321

Mid Cornwall (St Austell) – 07717 736146

North and East Cornwall – 07767 371426

 

 

Screening Liaison Nurses for people with learning disabilities

We have two Screening Liaison Nurses who work with the adult screening programmes. These include the Breast, Bowel, Diabetic Retinopathy, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, and Cervical screening programmes. They work closely with the screening staff to ensure that people with learning disabilities are identified so that they can be sent information in an easy to understand format and ensure that reasonable adjustments are put in place when needed.

They work closely with GPs and other healthcare staff to support people with learning disabilities when they are invited to participate in screening. They support people with a learning disability to understand why screening is important and what to expect at a screening appointment.

Availability

Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm
Contact Information
For patients with a GP surgery with a PL postcode contact
Deborah Rees – deborah.rees@nhs.net
Tel – 07717586043

For patients with a GP surgery with a TR postcode contact
Sharon Ashby – sharonashby@nhs.net

Tel – 07789946563