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17th September 2020

Personalised Care Institute (PCI) launched

The Personalised Care Institute (PCI) launched this week. The PCI is a virtual organisation for evidence-based personalised care training, convened by the Royal College of GPs in partnership and funded by NHS England and Improvement. Health and care professionals will be able to discover the new curriculum, as well as the first eLearning course - 'Core skills for personalised care' - with more courses to be added soon. Training providers interested in joining the PCI will also be able to find details on its accreditation scheme.

17th September 2020

Influences on NHS health check behaviours: a systematic review

A new systematic review of the NHS Health Check programme has been published. The article aimed to identify groups of people (actors) and their behaviours that are relevant to increasing uptake and follow up of NHS Health Checks within primary care and community and/or social care, and influences on the behaviours identified. Additionally, the article identifies types of intervention and component behaviour change techniques (BCTs) likely to change these influences.

15th September 2020

Your help needed: NHS Health Check delivery model survey

The national Cardiovascular Disease prevention programme team would like to better understand the local delivery models which were used to deliver the NHS Health Check in 2019/20 to aid the NHS Health Check review work. To do this we have developed a short survey. We would be extremely appreciative if one representative from each local authority public health team could complete the survey by Monday 5 October.

30th July 2020

Updated Competency Framework and Learner and Assessor workbook

The NHS Health Check Competency Framework and accompanying Learner and Assessor Workbook have been updated. Commissioners and providers of the NHS Health Check programme are encouraged to make use of these resources to assure that staff delivering health checks are competent to do so, and to support improvement in the quality of local programme delivery.

20th July 2020

Updated NHS Health Check Programme Standards

The NHS Health Check Programme Standards have been updated. As local commissioners and providers begin to make preparations for restarting the service the standards can be used to ensure a minimum level of quality across the NHS Health Check pathway. The standards are intended for use in conjunction with other existing advice such as guidance on workforce, workplace and patient safety during COVID-19 as described in the NHS Health Check restart preparation document.

15th July 2020

The Race Equality Foundation: Blood pressure testing for African and Caribbean men

The Race Equality Foundation have delivered a series of blood pressure testing pilots targeting black African and African Caribbean men in community settings. The project was funded through the Health and Wellbeing Alliance. The project report is now available.

8th July 2020

NHS Health Check: Restart preparation document published

Public Health England Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Prevention team have published ‘NHS Health Check: Restart preparation’. It aims to assist commissioners and providers in preparations to restart the NHS Health Check by signposting to relevant existing guidance.

15th June 2020

Open call for academic expertise – Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and NHS Health Check programme

Public Health England (PHE) are seeking academics with expertise in primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors, and/or the NHS Health Check programme. PHE are specifically looking for expertise in any of the following risk factors – physical activity, weight, alcohol, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and behaviour change. If you have relevant expertise and are interested in joining PHE’s academic framework for CVD Prevention, please send a short 1-page CV to academicPH@phe.gov.uk for consideration by close of play on Tuesday 30th June 2020.

12th June 2020

PHE to lead NHS Health Check Review

The Government announced its intention in the prevention green paper ‘Advancing our Health: Prevention in the 2020s’ to undertake a review of the NHS Health Check Programme and has asked PHE to lead on this. This national prevention programme, commissioned by local Government and reaching every part of England, aims to prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, and identify early dementia. Local Government’s oversight of the programme has seen 6.7 million people aged 40 to 74 benefit from a check over the past five years. Now, over ten years on from its launch, the review will build on the gains delivered so far and consider what action is needed to maximise the programme’s impact over the next 10 years and beyond. University College London’s Professor John Deanfield has been appointed as the external chair and the review will be advised by an expert panel and informed by UK and international evidence.

11th June 2020

Happy Hearts COVID-19 resource pages for CVD Prevention

Cheshire and Merseyside have created a central repository on the Happy Hearts website bringing together the latest information, advice and support from many organisations with a focus on the ABC of CVD prevention during COVID-19. Professionals, patients and carers can find the extra information they might need to prevent Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) during this time.

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