Black Books (Personal Health Profiles or PHPs)

The national guidance for primary care health checks for people with learning disabilities states that Health Checks should "integrate with an individual’s Personal Health Record and Health Action Plan".

Personal Health Profiles have been designed and provided with this purpose in mind. Following feedback from people with learning disabilities, they are now called ‘My black book’.

It is a requirement of clinical staff to update the black book following an assessment or intervention. This will ensure there is an up to date record of the patient’s health plan.

The black book was updated in 2015. Features of the black book include:

  • Picture boards to help communication
  • Redesigned health action forms
  • Easy to fill in forms for health checks
  • Separate appointment pages available depending on the health problem
  • Extra pages for health actions, appointments and health checks
  • A pocket for letters at the back of the book.

If you are a local practice and would like more information on the black books, please contact your community learning disability nurses:

  • Bexley Learning Disability Team - Telephone: 020 8269 3300
  • Bromley Learning Disability Team - Telephone: 020 3871 5680
  • Greenwich Learning Disability Team - Telephone: 020 8921 4860

Extra pages can be downloaded and printed off. The pages are formatted two to a page so that they can be printed on A4 paper and cut in half. To access the pages click on the relevant tab.