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Training hub screenshot
2nd March 2022

New free NHS Health Check training hub launched

OHID has launched a new NHS Health Check training hub on the Health Education England website. The online hub uses a townscape setting to bring together free e-learning training and other useful resources to support practitioners with delivering NHS Health Checks.

NHS health check v.2
17th February 2022

*UPDATED* NHS Health Check: Restart preparation document

On 03 February the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities Cardiovascular Disease Prevention team have updated the ‘NHS Health Check: Restart preparation’ document. It aims to assist commissioners and providers in preparations to restart the NHS Health Check by signposting to relevant existing guidance. The update follows recent guidance from NHS England and Improvement to restore routine care.

Omicron B
16th February 2022

Next steps for general practice following the accelerated COVID-19 vaccination booster campaign

On 27 January 2022 NHE England/Improvement published guidance on next steps for general practice following the accelerated COVID-19 vaccination booster campaign. The guidance advises that all providers should now restore routine care where services were paused in line with the guidance previously released by NHSE/I. This includes restarting the NHS Health Check programme.

24th January 2022

Point of care testing in community pharmacies

NHSE/I have released guidance to support commissioners and providers of community pharmacy clinical services on using point of care testing. The guidance sets out the key principles and signposts to essential resources, including the relevant legislation and standards.

Omicron B
18th January 2022

NHSE/I Community services prioritisation framework

On 11 January NHSE/I published a Community Services Prioritisation Framework to support local decision making on the services which may need to be paused to support the redeployment of workforce to the COVID response and booster acceleration programme. The framework identifies the NHS Health Check as one service that could be paused if necessary. It also sets an expectation that all paused community health services should resume from 1 March 2022.

NHS health check v.2
23rd December 2021

NHS Health Check Data return for quarter 3

Office for Health Improvement and Disparities will not require local authorities to return quarter 3 (Q3) NHS Health Check data by the 3 February 2022. Local authorities that have NHS Health Check Q3 data available and are in a position to submit will still be able to do so through the data portal as planned. Local authorities that are unable to provide the Q3 data by the 3 February will be able to return this data along with the quarter 4 (Q4) data return which is scheduled to take place between 05 April 2022 – 19 May 2022. This change to the data collection scheduling will mean that Q3 data will now be published on Fingertips with Q4 data on the 5 July 2022.

Omicron B
23rd December 2021

General practice workload prioritisation guide

The Royal College of General Practitioners and British Medical Association published a workload prioritisation guide for general practice (GP) during the accelerated booster vaccination campaign. The document is intended as short-term guidance to inform GP planning whilst delivering the booster programme. The RCGP highlight that is it important to recognise that pressures directly linked to Omicron are not being uniformly felt across regions or systems. Therefore, the guidance recommends that final decisions about what to stop or delay should take place locally in consultation with Local Medical Committees and in partnership with Clinical Commissioning Groups, but ultimately it is for practices to determine how they best meet the needs of their patients. The guidance suggests that, in the short-term, GPs consider the NHS Health Check programme as one area of work that could be deprioritised.

Omicron B
14th December 2021

Acceleration of the COVID booster programme

On the 13 of December NHSE/I published further guidance to Integrated Care Systems and Strategic Transformation Programme leads on the acceleration of the COVID booster programme. This advice: • recognises the change in the alert level from 3 to 4 and asks local authorities to support the NHS with prioritising the booster programme, this includes redeploying administrative and clinical staff to support delivery; • sets out that general practice should pause routine and non-urgent care and redeploy staff to support the booster programme; and • confirms changes to payment schemes to support systems to accelerate action on the booster programme. More detailed operational advice from NHSE/I, Royal College of General Practitioners and the British Medical Association is to follow.

NHS health check v.2
7th December 2021

NHS Health Check Quarter 2 data published

The NHS Health Check 2021-22 Quarter 2 data has been published. The data shows that the total number of NHS Health Checks offered and completed during Q2 2021-22 is about 40% of activity reported pre-COVID. However, this was the second successive quarter showing a steady improvement in activity. 136 local authorities reported some level of activity indicating that the majority of areas are beginning to recover the programme.

Evidence-based review of the NHS Health Check programme
7th December 2021

Evidence-based review of the NHS Health Check programme

The evidence-based review of the NHS Health Check programme has now concluded. The final report was published on 7 December 2021. The report recognises the value of the NHS Health Check and sets out six recommendations to Government on how the programme could go further in preventing non-communicable disease and helping to reduce health inequalities. The recommendations present an exciting opportunity for the programme to realise its full potential. Find out more