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Evidence

Top Tips

Our top tips draw on current evidence and aim to help inform local decisions on how the NHS Health Check programme is delivered.

Top Tips – Increasing take-up 

Top Tips – Maximising impact


Emerging evidence on the NHS Health Check: findings and recommendations

On 8 February 2017 the NHS Health Check Expert Scientific and Clinical Advisory Panel published its first report on the emerging evidence. The report summarises the key findings from an evidence synthesis completed by the University of Cambridge and RAND. It also makes important recommendations for practice and research.

You can download both documents from the following links:

Emerging evidence on the NHS Health Check: findings and recommendations

NHS Health Check rapid evidence synthesis


Evaluation of the dementia component

In 2016, PHE commissioned Solutions Research to evaluate practitioners and patients experiences of the dementia component in the NHS Health Check. Findings from this qualitative research can be found in the full report.


NHS Health Check stocktake report

In 2016, Public Health England commissioned Research Works to evaluate local authority commissioners views on:

The findings from this work are available in the full report.


Rapid Appraisals

As part of its role in keeping the evidence under review ESCAP has produced rapid appraisals of scientific papers. Papers are only appraised by ESCAP if they have a) a large sample size b) a robust method and c) achieve a high level of coverage in the media.

National evaluation - May 2016

Inter 99 FAQ - Oct 2014

Inter99 trial - June 2014


Local evaluations

Example service evaluations undertaken by local areas on the programme can be found here


New research published

On Thursday 14 January 2016 BMJ Open published the largest and most comprehensive national evaluation of the NHS Health Check programme to date. The study, presents some positive findings while also recognising opportunities for improvement. Researchers from three universities, led by Queen Mary University of London, conducted an observational study over four years (April 2009 to March 2013), analysing QResearch data from 655 general practices across England. The research team reviewed data relating to 214,295 people who attended an NHS Health Check and compared these findings against 1.4 million people who had not yet been offered or taken up their checks.

You can find the full scientific paper here and a short blog on the study is also available from NHS England.


Sponsored Research Programmes

Department of Health

At the beginning of 2012, two small-scale independent studies on the NHS Health Check programme were commissioned by the Department of Health and funded through its Policy Research Programme. The studies aim to provide an early assessment of the programme outcomes since phased implementation began in 2009. Both studies were published in early 2016, one being led by Dr Robson, Barts & the London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the other  by Prof. Majeed, Imperial College London. Both studies are available online:

Robson J, Dostal I, Sheikh A, et al. The NHS Health Check in England: an evaluation of the first 4 years. BMJ Open 2016; 6: e008840. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2015-008840

Chang K, Lee J, Eszter P, et al. Impact of the National Health Service Health Check on cardiovascular disease risk: a difference-in-differences matching analysis. CMAJ 2016. DOI:10.1503/ cmaj.151201

Previous published articles include:  

Majeed A, Banasee R. General health checks may not reduce morbidity or mortality but do increase the number of new diagnoses Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/eb-2012-101158

Soljak M.  Population-based Health Checks are here, RCTs are not Evid Based Med doi:10.1136/eb-2013-101229

Artac M, Dalton ARH, Soljak M, Babu H, Bates S, Millett C, Majeed A.Primary care and population factors associated with NHS Health Check coverage: national cross-sectional study. J Public Health (2013) 35 (3): 431-439.doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdt069

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