The NHS Health Check Programme
The NHS Health Check programme aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia. It is available to people between the ages of 40 and 74, who have not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions or are not already on an “at risk” register.
Those eligible should be invited every five years to have assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes. If found to be at risk they will be offered support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk.
Feedback from the recent Health Check Event in Leeds – Improvement through Collaboration - 27th February 2015
In England about 15 and a half million people are eligible for an NHS health check and these are being rolled out across the country by local authorities. To date a third of these have been offered an NHS health check and 15.9% (2.4 million) have taken up the offer and had an NHS health check. Overall the uptake is around 47.9% but there is considerable variation across local authorities in the numbers of health checks being offered and taken up.
NHS Health checks could prevent:
- 4000 people from becoming diabetics
- 1600 heart attacks and stroke
- 650 premature deaths
- Delay the development of 20,000 cases of diabetes and kidney disease
by targeting the top 7 causes of ill health – currently
- 6 in 10 people have a cholesterol level over 5mmol/L
- 1 in 4 adults have high blood pressure
- 1 in 5 people smoke
- 1 in 3 drink people too much
- 6-7% of the population have diabetes
- 6 in 10 adults are overweight or obese
- Only 1 in 3 people meet the targets for physical activity
The JBS3 guidelines published last year introduced the concept of lifetime risk. This because as many as 50% of the adult population less than a 10% risk of cardiovascular disease but a large proportion of these have a high lifetime risk.
New HEART AGE TOOL Launched
Find out more
Visit the NHS Health Checks website
Find national guidance on NHS health check delivery
Check out NHS Choices Atlas of Risk