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Health Passport

A health passport is a document that parents, carers and children can complete that tells medical and health care professionals everything that is important around your child’s diagnoses, their current health and care needs, and what is and isn’t helpful for them when they are being treated. It can make accessing and receiving medical and health care easier for your child and your family.

Any child or adult with a disability, learning difficulty or health condition can have a health passport.

It can prevent complications during treatment as your child’s plan can contain essential information regarding allergies, how your child communicates, anything that can help your child or make them feel comfortable, or anything that your child might find challenging or upsetting. This is important because the more comfortable and safe your child feels when receiving medical and health care, the better the outcomes will be for that treatment, and the happier your child will be to be treated in the future.

It also gives you peace of mind to know that this information is readily available, it is accurate as it is written by you and your child, and it is easy for professionals to read and understand. It means that you don’t have to repeat the same information lots of times, too.

A health passport covers lots of different things, such as:

  • Your child’s name and what they like to be called
  • Where they live and with whom
  • Their support needs and who they like to support them
  • Sensory information
  • Allergies
  • How they communicate
  • Family and friends: you might find it helpful to ask family and friends to help you and your child fill out their passport, as you are the experts
  • Professionals from the medical and health care teams that your child is seen by, such as: doctors, nurses, healthcare support workers, physios, occupational therapists
  • Staff at the school your child attends

IMPORTANT: Please try to check and update your child’s passport regularly, making note of any changes in health or care needs, and likes and dislikes. This is important because then medical and health care professionals can give your child more appropriate and person centred care if these are to change.

It is better if you have a paper copy of your child’s passport as it is not always possible to transfer the passport onto your child’s electronic records.

Not all NHS services use the same electronic record systems, so professionals using an electronic record system different to the one that your child’s passport is uploaded onto will not be able to see it.

It is recommended that you keep several copies of your child’s passport, as they can often get misplaced when at hospital. It is also a good idea to laminate them too if you can.

The Humber Transforming Care Partnership have worked with people with learning disabilities and professionals to develop a health passport template which is used across the Humber region (including North East Lincolnshire). The template and guidance on how to complete the passport are available here: Health and Wellbeing – Humber TCP

Other templates are available from:

Mencap: Health Guides: Hospital Passports, Summary Care Records And Flu Jabs | Mencap

The National Autistic Society: My health passport (autism.org.uk)

Easy read resources are also available to support preparing your child/young person for attending medical appointments: Health and Wellbeing – Humber TCP