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22nd September 2021

PHE London webinar: Bringing NHS Health Checks into the community

Public Health England’s London region are hosting a webinar focusing on bringing NHS Health Checks into the community on Wednesday 6th October 2021, 11:00 -12:30. The aim of the webinar is to provide information on what NHS Health Checks are, how Community Champions can help with promoting them, why this is important, and having a discussion about what is needed to upskill Community Champions to promote NHS Health Checks. The webinar is aimed at NHS Health Check and Community Champion Leads, local providers, and key stakeholders.

test tubes
20th September 2021

UPDATE: Becton Dickinson blood specimen collection - supply disruption

NHSE/I have released an update in relation to the supply disruption to Becton Dickinson’s (BD) blood specimen collection portfolio. The supply chain is no longer as constrained as it was previously, however it has not been completely resolved. While supply remains constrained NHSE/I advice is to optimise the use of blood tubes and to ensure that testing does not exceed levels recorded during June and July 2021. Primary care and community providers can resume testing, stock permitting, and should follow NHSE/Is current guidance.

test tubes
14th September 2021

Update: Becton Dickinson blood specimen collection supply disruption

NHSE/I have published a letter to provide further clarity on how to safely reduce demand of all tubes. The guidance states that all primary care and community testing must be halted until 17 September 2021, except for clinically urgent testing. Colleagues should continue to direction from NHSE/I guidance.

Blood pressure UK
8th September 2021

Know Your Numbers week 2021

This week (6 - 12 September 2021) is Know Your Numbers week, an annual campaign led by Blood Pressure UK which encourages people to take control of their own blood pressure. It aims to reach those who have high blood pressure and don’t know it, so they can get the treatment and support they need. To support the campaign Public Health England have published a Health Matters blog focusing on blood pressure.

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24th August 2021

Primary Care Networks – plans for 2021/22 and 2022/23

NHS England and NHS Improvement have published their Primary care network (PCN) plans for 2021/222 and 2022/23. The plan includes the gradual introduction of new service requirements on Cardiovascular Disease and Health Inequalities. It also confirms significant resourcing to support activities through the Investment and Impact fund (IIF).

blood pressure
24th August 2021

Nationwide roll out of blood pressure checks in NHS pharmacies

NHS England has announced that from October, every NHS pharmacy in England will be able to provide blood pressure checks to people aged 40 thanks to a new deal between pharmacies and the NHS. Pharmacists will case-find and offer blood pressure tests to people showing symptoms, provide clinical and lifestyle advice or referral, and record the data, joining up services and treatment with GPs and other local services, to speed up access to care. Over the next five years estimates show that 3,700 strokes and 2,500 heart attacks could be prevented as a result of the tests and around 2,000 lives could be saved. PHE welcomes the announcement that all pharmacies will be able to offer blood pressure checks. Access to blood pressure testing is vital to optimising the care of the 8.5 million people with an existing hypertension diagnosis and people with other cardiovascular conditions, who wouldn’t be eligible for an NHS Health Check. Making blood pressure checks much more easily available will also support action to deliver the national CVD prevention ambitions to reduce the 5 million people who are estimated to have undiagnosed hypertension.

Blood pressure UK
20th August 2021

Upcoming webinar: 'Know Your Numbers'

Our next Cardiovascular Disease Prevention webinar: 'Know Your Numbers' week - raising awareness of high blood pressure, is scheduled to take place on Thursday 2 September from 11:30 to 12:30. Katharine Jenner, CEO at Blood Pressure UK, will be leading a presentation on the importance of detecting and treating high blood pressure and providing details on how you can support 'Know Your Numbers week' taking place between Monday 6 and Sunday 12 September.

test tubes
16th August 2021

Becton Dickinson Blood Specimen Collection Portfolio supply disruption

PHE has been made aware that there is currently a supply disruption in relation to Becton Dickinson (BD) on their Blood Specimen Collection Portfolio. Consequently, in light of global shortages of blood tube products (not just those from BD), NHSE have issued guidance in order to balance demand. Within the guidance NHSE highlight that staff need to review testing levels to ensure a reduction in non-clinically urgent testing and highlight that routine wellness screening is not a priority. This may impact on NHS Health Check delivery. To manage this issue commissioners may wish to consider: • engaging with the CCG to understand how this issue is being managed across the local system • the potential for using Point of Care Testing in the delivery of NHS Health Checks • prioritising NHS Health Check invitations to individuals likely to be at higher risk of CVD. NICE CG181 states that individuals who have a CVD risk of 10% or more should be considered for a statin, at which point a cholesterol test would be clinically indicated. This would then meet the NHSE/I prioritisation advice on blood specimen collection. Cholesterol testing remains a core requirement of the NHS Health Check and must be undertaken for PHE to consider the NHS Health complete.

digital
1st July 2021

*New publication* Practice examples of international digital products for cardiovascular risk assessment and management

The report identifies and describes: five digital products used internationally to assess, communicate and support users to take action to reduce their cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk; how the products were used; and the outcomes they achieved. Learnings from these practice examples are described in the context of England’s NHS Health Check. This report will be of interest to policy makers as well as local authorities which have responsibility for commissioning the NHS Health Check programme and organisations delivering the NHS Health Check.

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19th May 2021

An Umbrella Review on Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Cardiovascular Disease and COVID-19

Public Health England commissioned the Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Liverpool to conduct an umbrella review to systematically examine the associations between cardiovascular risk factors, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and COVID-19.

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