Matt Mellor

VIDEO: Understanding and operating QRISK2 to communicate CVD risk (part 2)

VIDEO: Understanding and using QRISK2 to communicate CVD risk (part 2) Building on our previous blog post, this content completes our 2-part series on training and cardiovascular risk. Watch the video to see Health Diagnostics’ Training & Development Lead, Geoff Curtis, give a brief 10 minute training session on QRISK2. The effective communication of CVD …

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Top training tips for using QRISK2 to communicate cardiovascular risk (part 1)

Top training tips for using QRISK2 to communicate cardiovascular risk Having trained over 4,000 individuals to deliver motivational health checks, we thought that we’d use this latest blog post to address some common questions that we receive. In our experience, amongst the most frequently misunderstood aspects of health check delivery relate to the QRISK2 calculator …

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Our ‘TOP picks’ for Public Health England’s 2019 CVD Prevention Conference in Manchester

Our ‘TOP picks’ for Public Health England’s 2019 CVD Prevention Conference in Manchester The current status of CVD in the UK One of the positive public health stories to emerge over the past few years has been the fact that cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality in the UK is declining. Research suggests that total CVD mortality …

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Health Diagnostics’ preparations for Britain’s departure from the European Union

Health Diagnostics’ preparations for Britain’s departure from the European Union Despite the political uncertainty surrounding Britain’s exit from the European Union, Health Diagnostics would like to assure working partners that, as an organisation, we have taken the necessary steps to prepare for the forthcoming transition and to guarantee our capacity to remain both innovative and …

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NHS Health Checks for NHS staff across East Sussex: impacts & learnings

Setting the scene Despite challenging conditions and unprecedented demand, every day across the UK, NHS staff work tirelessly to improve peoples’ health and wellbeing. However, with so much energy channelled into providing world-class care to patients, the health of the health service itself can sometimes fall out of focus. In recognition of this situation, NHS …

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Cost-effectiveness calculator for point-of-care testing

Introduction and link to calculator For many working on NHS Health Check programmes, point-of-care testing (POCT) is already a significant component of the delivery process. Nonetheless, significant numbers of providers around the country – particularly those based in GP practices – use pathology laboratory testing in favour of POCT. To assist commissioners weighing up the …

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The beating heart of cricket: free health checks at cricket matches with Boundaries For Life

Introduction and context Sport, in its many different forms, occupies a uniquely prominent place in modern life. Dominating broadcasting schedules and enjoyed by billions around the world, the impacts of sport reach far and wide, bringing together people from all different backgrounds in shared appreciation and support. This article focuses on an exciting initiative that’s …

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CASE STUDY: Supporting Durham County Council’s NHS Health Check Programme

Introductory overview Health Diagnostics supported Durham County Council (DCC) in the delivery and administration of the ‘Check 4 Life’ (C4L) programme, the local variation of the NHS Health Check for seven years from 2009 to 2017. DCC is a large county with both rural and urban populations. The lead provider that supported practices and that …

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Communicating CVD risk: face-to-face contact and the NHS Health Check

The current context In Public Health England’s latest NHS Health Check Programme Standards, published in December 2017, the question of risk communication is addressed in unambiguous terms. Despite the clear emphasis that these standards place on communicating risk in a face-to-face format, the team at Health Diagnostics have, over the years, encountered providers employing a …

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