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NHS Health Check 2015 – Improvement through collaboration

In Living Well for Longer, the Secretary of State for Health called on everyone within the health and care sector and beyond to take action to reduce premature mortality and help their communities to live longer, healthier lives.

This year’s national conference “NHS Health Check 2015 – Improvement through collaboration” supported this by bringing a wide range of organisations and professionals together to work together in delivering the NHS Health Check.

The NHS Health Check programme systematically targets the top seven causes of preventable mortality: high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity and alcohol consumption. It is primarily a health improvement programme offering a genuine opportunity to engage people aged 40-74 in discussions about healthy lifestyles before they get sick and goes on to help them to take control of their health and take action to avoid, reduce or manage their risk of developing future health problems.

The presentations from the conference are all on this page, you are welcome to use them to support your programme or enhance your understanding.

Thanks you for your interest in NHS Health Check 2015 – Improvement through collaboration and supporting excellence in the NHS Health Check programme.


NHS Health Check 2015 – Improvement through collaboration - Conference Snapshot


Opening presentation from Dr. Dawn Harper


Getting serious about prevention - Professor Jonathan Valabhji


Local government leadership - Councillor Jonathan Mc Shane


National programme update – Jamie Waterall

National programme update – Jamie Waterall- PowerPoint presentation


Morning panel discussion


New Joint British Society Guidelines


Research Priorities Interview with Felix Greaves, Public Health England


Poster awards and closing remarks

Workshop Presentations

1A: Behavioural insight – enhancing your uptake and engagement

In this session we introduced the Behavioural Insights approach, gave an overview of some of the ongoing work across local areas, outlined the most recent findings from research applying behavioural insights to increase uptake and, finally, offered an opportunity to see how you can apply Behavioural Insights yourself.

1A_1_Behavioural Insights Workshop - Tim Chadborn & Joseph Sherlock


1B: Quality Assurance within the NHS Health Check – examples of delivery

In this session delegates shared reflections on implementing the NHS Health Check Programme Standards locally to Quality Assure Primary Care Providers in Oxfordshire.

They also heard of the Tees Valley experience of the challenges and opportunities for improving service quality and performance amongst NHS Health Check providers.

1B_1_Oxfordshire Quality Assurance - Stephen Pinel & Dr Eunan O'Neill

1B_2 Tees Commissioning Model - Jayne Herring & Philip Ray


1C: Preventing and Detecting Diabetes with the NHS Health Check 

In this session delegates heard what the evidence tells us in relation to diabetes prevention, information of the National Diabetes Prevention Programme and preventing and detecting diabetes from Leicester.

1C_1_ Diabetes and NHS Prevention Agenda- Jonathan Valabhji

1C_2_Diabetes and NHS Prevention Agenda NDPP - Jo Clarke


1D: Tackling high blood pressure: system wide action and the role of the NHS Health Check

In this session, participants heard about the greatest opportunities for positive change around high blood pressure, innovative local case studies and participated in a panel discussion around how local leaders can tackle high blood pressure.

1D_Tackling high blood pressure workshop - Ben Lumley


2A: NHS Health check Competences pack -  supporting the workforce to communicate risk for better health outcomes

In this session delegate learned the rationale for the development of the competence pack and how to use the learner and assessor packs.

2A_NHS Health Check Competence Framework Pack Workshop Louise Cleaver & Lucy Blinko


2B: Digital systems – how to embrace digital in delivery of the NHS Health Check

2B_PHE Digital2B_PHE Digital


2C: Research publications  – updating the evidence base

In this session, the NHS Health Check priorities for research document was launched. Delegates learnt about research funding opportunities, and participated in discussions about how to engage in the research process.

2C_NHS Health Check Research Priorities Launch - Felix Greaves


2D: Explore current good practice in the provision of health checks in prisons

This session provided an opportunity to help identify what isn’t working well and how a more comprehensive offer can be developed.

2D_ NHS Health Checks for Prison Community - Michelle Bennett and Lynne Barker


3A: Patient insight/engagement  from vulnerable groups – how to reduce inequalities

This session outlined the development of the NHS Health Check model in Leeds (winners of the first Heart UK NHS Health Check awards for ‘best impact on patient experience’) and showcased the continuous patient engagement throughout the programme.

Delegated learned more about the patient led insight journey and what was implemented as a result of information gained.

3A_Leeds Patient Engagement Insight workshop slides Diane Burke & Hannah Kirby 


3B: Primary Care - A Crucial Element of the NHS Health Check Pathway

This session asked “why do we need primary care engagement and how can we do it?”

How effective is the NHS Health Check at identifying people with modifiable CVD risk factors?

Delegates heard insights into primary care attitudes to the NHS Health Check and the experience of generating primary care engagement in Stoke and Havering.

3B_1_NHSHC GP engagement for 26 feb 2015 - Matt Kearney

3B_2_Primary_Care_HealthCheckPriCare - Lisa McDermott

3B_3_NHS Health Checks in Leeds - Jag  Kumar


3C: Marketing – updating best practice and showcasing local campaigns

This session presented an update on available marketing resources and an approach to planning a local campaign. Delegates learned about Lancashire’s local NHS Health Check campaign and the impact on uptake.  Time was given to discuss and share marketing ideas, issues and best practice.

3C_1_NHS Health Check Marketing Workshop - Alan Smith

3C_2_ NHS Health Check Marketing Workshop - Ginette Unsworth


3D: Pharmacy – how pharmacy can help you achieve your NHS Health Check delivery plan

This session showcased how pharmacy can support the NHS Health Check Programme. It was a practical interactive session with lots of opportunities to ask questions and provide challenges.

3D_NHS Check 4 Life Pharmacy- Dawn Cruickshank

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