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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.
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.
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.
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