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NHS health check and diabetes

It is estimated that the NHS Health Check programme could prevent 4,000 people a year from developing diabetes and detect at least 20,000 people with undiagnosed diabetes. The programme is an essential part of Type 2 diabetes prevention.

Use the following resources and tools to improve the delivery and uptake of health check programmes.

Publications

The NHS Health Check programme: sharing good practice, Diabetes UK (February 2016) (PDF, 719KB)

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The NHS Health Check programme: sharing good practice, Diabetes UK (February 2016) (PDF, 719KB)

This resource provides top tips for public health teams and CCGs to increase the uptake of the NHS Health Check. The resource also presents examples of good practice from across England.

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NHS health checks in local authorities: the story so far, Diabetes UK (September 2014) (PDF, 366KB)

This report presents the performance of the NHS health check programme a year after delivery of the programme became the responsibility of local authorities. The report also highlights how some local areas have successfully implemented the programme.

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The NHS health check programme: let's get it right, Diabetes UK (September 2012) (PDF, 582KB)

This report describes how the health check programme can improve health outcomes for people with diabetes and presents performance data for the programme in 2011/12. The report identifies widespread variation in how the programme has been implemented.

Essential reading

  • The NHS Health Check in England: an evaluation of the first 4 years, BMJ Open website (2016) (free, open access)

    This article presents findings from the first national study describing the implementation of the NHS Health Check programme. Estimates suggest that more than 2,500 people will have avoided a major cardiovascular incident as a result of receiving treatment following an NHS Health Check.This article presents findings from the first national study describing the implementation of the NHS Health Check programme. Estimates suggest that more than 2,500 people will have avoided a major cardiovascular incident as a result of receiving treatment following an NHS Health Check.
  • NHS health check best practice guidance, NHS Health Check website (March 2016)

    This guidance helps local commissioners and providers understand the legal requirements underpinning the health check programme and identifies where there is scope for local flexibility and innovation in delivery. It also signposts to a wide range of resources and tools to support local areas deliver high quality programmes.This guidance helps local commissioners and providers understand the legal requirements underpinning the health check programme and identifies where there is scope for local flexibility and innovation in delivery. It also signposts to a wide range of resources and tools to support local areas deliver high quality programmes.

Shared practice examples

  • Increasing uptake of the NHS Health Check, report of research with Medway Council to optimise the invitation letter, Department of Health (February 2014) (PDF, 486KB)

    This report summarises research conducted by the Department of Health’s Behaviour Change Team into whether making simple changes to the text of the invitation letter for the NHS Health Check would increase attendance. The results suggest that making changes to the invitation letter, such as using shorter, simpler and action-oriented language, can increase uptake of the Health Check.   This report summarises research conducted by the Department of Health’s Behaviour Change Team into whether making simple changes to the text of the invitation letter for the NHS Health Check would increase attendance. The results suggest that making changes to the invitation letter, such as using shorter, simpler and action-oriented language, can increase uptake of the Health Check.   
  • Case studies, NHS Health Check website

    This resource provides case studies of different approaches taken in local authorities across England. These include, among others, reaching isolated rural communities in Cambridgeshire, delivering health checks at scale in Bolton and targeting the homeless in Leeds.This resource provides case studies of different approaches taken in local authorities across England. These include, among others, reaching isolated rural communities in Cambridgeshire, delivering health checks at scale in Bolton and targeting the homeless in Leeds.
  • Checking the health of the nation: implementing the NHS health check programme, Local Government Association website (February 2015)

    This report provides case studies of different approaches taken in local authorities across England. These include using volunteers to boost uptake in Southwark, working with pharmacists to deliver health checks in Lewisham, using research to engage hard to reach groups in Stoke-on-Trent and providing support to GPs to increase uptake in Leeds.This report provides case studies of different approaches taken in local authorities across England. These include using volunteers to boost uptake in Southwark, working with pharmacists to deliver health checks in Lewisham, using research to engage hard to reach groups in Stoke-on-Trent and providing support to GPs to increase uptake in Leeds.
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