Ardens has developed a suite of Learning Disability resources to support practices with the management of the condition, including the requirements needed for QOF Quality Improvement and the Network DES

Ardens Learning Disability Template

The Ardens Learning Disability Template will ensure the Learning Disability Health Check is correctly completed with the recognised national codes.  

Access the Learning Disability template in one of the following ways:

  • Click on the Run Template option within the consultation.
  • Click on the Add > Data using Template option outside of a consultation.  

Clicking on either of the options above will display the Template Picker screen. Search for the 'Learning Disability' template using the search box provided or folder navigation pane. Select the template and click on OK.   

The template has been broken down by pages on the left-hand side, navigate to the page required. 

The Learning Disability templates supports the QI modules and National DES Contracts as follows:

The Condition page includes the correct Learning Disability diagnosis codes to add the patient to the register.

For the purpose of Network DES, the Coding-Health Check done page includes the correct codes to record a LD health check has been completed or in some cases declined.

The Medication/Immunisations page provides options to complete a medication review has been done or to specify inappropriate medication has been stopped. Further information for STOMP is available by clicking on the hyperlink.

Options to record the need of and type of reasonable adjustments can be found within the Hearing/Vision/Communication page.

Further pages on the left-hand side supports annual health check requirements. 

Complete the template using the required fields and ensure you save the information, using the Save Template option.

Learning Disability Health Action Plan

Ardens has made available a Learning Disability Health Action Plan as Document Template.

To locate the template, click Document > Create Letter (the Document option can be found within or outside a consultation). Click on the find icon located on the right hand side of the New Patient Letter dialogue, to search for the document if you have not previously accessed it.

Use the search box to locate the Learning Disability Health Action Plan template (alternatively use the folder navigation pane - Ardens docs > Misc folder). Select the document and click OK to open.

If you wish to use a comprehensive care plan, please consider our Universal Care Plan Clinical Template, along with the Universal Care Plan Document Template. Both can be searched for in the normal way.

Learning Disability Searches 

The following Ardens searches have been created to support practices with the Learning Disability requirements

Locate the searches in the Population Reporting module > Ardens Searches folder.

Ethnicity Reports for LD Patients

The ethnicity reports will show all patients on the LD register with ethnicity codes. A separate search has also been created for those patients that do not have an ethnicity code recorded, select the ‘Patient included’ tab on this search when run to display the list of patients that need the code applied. 

The searches can be found in the Ardens Searches > Ardens Main Searches >  Learning Disability > Ethnicity Reports for LD patients

Please note – Ardens has created a simple and quick way to record ethnicity, click here for further information.

NHSE Guidance ref 001030

One of the commitments in the NHS Long Term Plan was to improve the quality of registers for people with a learning disability and this can be achieved through better coding. The NHSE Guidance searches will help practices to identify those patients that have a Learning Disability code recorded but not the appropriate diagnostic code for the QOF Learning Disability register, searches are also provided to identify possible learning disability patients.  

The searches can be found in the Ardens Searches > Ardens Main Searches > Learning Disability > NHSE Guidance ref 001030 folder.

Please note – the Ardens Learning Disability template will include the correct codes to place the patient on the Learning Disability register correctly (please see the section above). 

QOF QI Searches

To support the activity required for QOF QI this financial year, the following searches will help practices to identify reviews to be completed.


The searches can be found in the Ardens Searches  > Ardens Main Searches > QOF Related Searches > QOF QI – useful searches > Learning Disability.

Please note – the Patient Included tab once the searches have been run, will display the ‘work to do’. 

PCN DES – IFF Searches

The HI01 target for Introduction of the Investment and Impact Fund (IIF) requires a percentage of LD patients on the LD register to have a completed LD Health Check. The Clinical Activity folder (located in the Ardens Manager National Cntrct Reports > Current Financial Year I PCN DES > IFF folder) will identify patients on the LD Register that has had a LD Health Check for this financial year.

Navigating to the Summary of work to do folder will identify the patients that need a LD health check.

Please note – the 'Coding Health Check done' page of the Ardens Learning Disability template will include the correct codes mark a LD Health Check has been completed or declined (please see the section above).

Can not see any of the above templates?  Check the templates have been activated in your EMIS system.

If you require any further assistance on the process above, please contact Ardens support on: