NHS Health Check programme

The NHS Health Check programme aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74 who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions will be invited (once every five years) to have a check to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk.
The aims of the NHS Health Checks programme are to:
  • Reduce morbidity, mortality and hospital admissions due to CVD
  • Reduce health inequalities, including socio-economic, ethnic and gender inequalities, through delivery of a cardiovascular disease risk assessment and management programme.
The objectives/outcomes of the GP-provided NHS Health Checks are to:
  • Identify patients’ CVD risk earlier
  • Increase the proportion of the practice population aged 40-74 for whom the CVD risk is known
  • Identify conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease earlier, and treat them earlier to produce better outcomes for patients
  • Identify patients at high risk of CVD, maintain a 'high risk' register of these patients and review them annually
  • Provide appropriate management of patients with high CVD risk through the prescribing of statins, in line with NICE guidance
  • Communicate healthy lifestyle messages to all those who engage with the programme, in line with NICE guidance (see appendix C of the service specification)
  • Facilitate referral of patients requiring lifestyle interventions to appropriate CVD prevention services such as Healthy Change, New Leaf, etc.
Further guidance provided by NICE and DH is listed in appendix C of the NHS Health Check Service Specification.