Public health

NHS Health Check Programme Government Review: Tracing the Developments to Date

In January 2019, the NHS released its new Long Term Plan (LTP) in which it identified cardiovascular disease (CVD) as being the biggest single area that the NHS can save lives over the coming decade. According to the plan, up to 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases could be saved over the coming 10 …

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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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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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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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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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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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