Health Checks (professional)

What is the NHS Health Check Programme?

The NHS Health Check is a national risk assessment and prevention programme that identifies people at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease or certain types of dementia, and helps them take action to avoid, reduce or manage their of these health problems.  

The programme consists of 3 stages:

  1.  Risk Assessment
  2.  Communication of risk 
  3.  Management of risk

Everyone who has an NHS Health Check, regardless of their risk score should be given general lifestyle advice.

Why offer NHS Health Checks?

It is estimated that identifying individuals at risk of cardiovascular illness will prevent up to 1,600 non-fatal heart attacks and strokes and 4,000 people from developing Type 2 diabetes each year as well as detect 20,000 cases of diabetes or kidney disease earlier.

Identifying cardiovascular diseases at an earlier stage can prevent ill health, disability and premature mortality. By identifying the risk factors we can support people to make lifestyle choices to reduce their risk and help people to live well for longer.

  • 1 in 5 hospital admissions are related to Cardiovascular conditions
  • 1 in 3 deaths are related to Cardiovascular conditions

The NHS Health Check programme can really make a difference to individuals who may not be aware of the risks.

What are we aiming to achieve?

By March 2018, 100% of the eligible population should have been invited for a NHS Health Check and Public Health England have an ambition that 75% of those invited will have attended.  Every NHS Health Check should be complete and result in high quality lifestyle advice and appropriate referrals or signposting and clinical follow ups where necessary.

The Best Practice Guidance published by Public Health England identifies a variety of tools and resources to support the delivery of high quality NHS Health Checks. The NHS Health Check Programme Standards also provide a framework for delivering quality improvement.

Who can have a NHS Health Check?

Around 332,050 people in Hertfordshire are eligible for a NHS Health Check once every 5 years. NHS Health Checks are aimed at everyone between 40 and 74 years of age excluding those who have a ny of the following conditions or are currently taking medication for:

  • Stroke or TIA
  • Heart disease or Heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • High Cholesterol
  • Heart Attack