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Unit 3: Obtain valid consent when carrying out NHS Health Check assessments

Unit 3 requires the learner to demonstrate their understanding of valid consent, how to support the client in understanding content and how to obtain valid consent when carrying out an NHS Health Check assessment.

Tip! 

- Use the learner workbook to capture and evidence how to achieve the learning outcomes. 

- Use the supporting materials to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding. 

- Trainers and assessors should refer to the assessor workbook to get tips on what to look for when assessing the learner.

Valid consent:   for consent to be valid, it must be voluntary and informed, and the person consenting must have the capacity to make the decision. Consent should be given to the health care professional directly responsible for the person’s current treatment (NHS Health Check competence framework, March 2015). 

Learning outcomes:

1. Understand what is meant by valid consent when carrying out NHS Health Check assessments

2. The learner will be able to support clients to understand what is meant by valid consent when carrying out NHS Health Check assessments

3.The learner will be able to obtain valid consent when carrying out NHS Health Check assessments

Supporting materials:

Assessors check list for practical competency sign off (developed by Bristol City Council)

External online resources:

RCN First Steps for HCAs - Consent and Confidentiality

A GP practice perspective on inviting your eligible population

The video below gives a GP practice perspective on inviting your eligible population, presented by Katie McNeil

EMIS Protocol for opportunistic health check invites

The protocol below can be shared with providers who use the Emis patient management system, as a way of red flagging eligible patients who present at the practice for other issues. All practice staff will see a red flag (pop up) appear on their screen and can use this as an opportunity to invite people in for a check. We hope this step by step guide can be used by practices and transferred to those using other patient management systems.

Download the Protocol for Practice: Emis Software System for inviting patients opportunistically for a check guide here.

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