NHS Health Check

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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Establishing cardiovascular risk with trans individuals using QRISK2

  Intro Having supported England’s NHS Health Check Programme for around a decade, Health Diagnostics’ support teams have been exposed to an unparalleled array of queries from providers and commissioners. One of the more common (as well as more challenging) questions that our teams get asked is “when looking to determine a trans person’s cardiovascular …

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What’s on at the CVD Prevention Conference in London on February 8th?

  With the 2018 CVD Prevention Conference taking place at London’s Oval cricket ground on Feb 8th, Health Diagnostics take a look at what you can expect from the event as well as from us as sponsors and exhibitors: What’s on the 2018 programme? This year’s event will be chaired by well-known GP and media medic, …

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Welsh Health Board Integrate Healthy Heart Checks with Social Prescribing

  Background and context Hywel Dda University Health Board, covering mid and West Wales, is the latest area across the region to begin offering health checks to eligible residents in a bid to help improve population health and tackle some of the pervasive inequalities that exist across the area. As part of the ‘Healthy Heart …

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Imperial College London publish new research into NHS Health Checks

    An outline of ICL’s findings Researchers from Imperial College London (ICL) have found that community providers of NHS Health Checks are able to “effectively reach under-served groups by delivering preventive CVD services to younger, more deprived populations, and a representative proportion of ethnic minority groups”. According to the authors of the study, implementation …

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Physical health checks for people with mental health difficulties: the why and the how

  The big picture When, in 2014, the NHS published its strategy in the form of the Five Year Forward View, a special emphasis was placed on mapping out a future that “dissolves the classic divide… between physical and mental health”. Despite having been “set in stone almost since 1948”, a wave of recent evidence …

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The effect of CPD certified NHS Health Check training on knowledge levels

The research detailed here has been selected as a featured poster presentation at Public Health England’s 2017 conference.   INTRODUCTION: Since the publication of the NHS Health Check Competence Framework in 2014, an increasing emphasis has been placed on the requirement for service providers to undergo quality-assured training that ensures key competencies are understood and adhered to. …

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Learning from Berkshire’s award-winning NHS Health Check nurses

  A service recognised as superior In this month’s blog, we focus in on an award-winning team of nurses working across Berkshire to deliver NHS Health Checks. In recognition of their excellent standards of nursing care, the Royal College of Nurses recently presented the county’s Cardiovascular Health Check Team with the 2016 Bank Nurse Award. …

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London boroughs link up to tackle the city’s health inequalities

    The context within the Tri-Borough area With some of the highest average house prices in the UK, the Tri-Borough area in Central London (which includes Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster) is firmly associated with affluence in the minds of most people. The fact that you’ll need an average of £1,200,000 …

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