The NHS Health Check Is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40-74 – commonly referred to as our MOT. It’s designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.
Anybody in the 40-74 age group without a pre-existing condition can expect to receive a letter from their GP or local authority inviting them for a free NHS Health Check every five years.
Health Checks are normally carried out by a health professional at a GP surgery, but other professionals, for example community pharmacists, some care home staff, can do them.
Bespoke targeted training has not previously been available for providers delivering health checks in Hampshire County Council. As the programme has evolved with new elements added, it is important that everyone delivering health checks does so to a quality standard. It is vital that communication around risk and advice is delivered appropriately to get the best out of the NHS Health Check programme.
Unity, working with nutritionist Ruth Taylor, will provide training to those delivering health checks to meet the quality standard in the NHS Health Check competency framework. The training will be supported by lay trainers and volunteers who can bring their own personal experiences.