NHS Community Health Checks
One Wirral CIC are currently delivering a hybrid model of NHS Health Checks working collaboratively with community organisations. This is a targeted approach to increase the number of people having an NHS Health Check to identify those at risk of developing Coronary Vascular Disease (CVD) which includes High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, High Cholesterol and Diabetes.
The focus is on people who are less likely to engage within a GP Practice setting, for example: men, people from an ethnic background, people who live with alcohol and substance misuse as well as those who live in areas of deprivation. Our team set out to make these checks more accessible and in environments where people would potentially feel more comfortable such as community centres.
Collaborating with additional Wirral based partners has given us a greater targeted way to reach where we need to.
The NHS Health Check is for adults aged 40-74 without certain pre-existing medical conditions, designed to help spot early signs for stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions, and by increasing access to these checks helps us to find ways to lower these risks and support with prevention of other long-term health conditions.
This service is provided in line with NHS England CORE20PLUS5 improvement approach to support the reduction of health inequalities at both national and system level.
The NHS Health Check will be done by a healthcare professional and takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
- Point of care testing (lipids for Cholesterol)
- Blood Pressure
- QRISK score (to identify those patients who are at risk of coronary disease)
- Diabetes risk score
All results are then electronically sent back to GP Practices.
It was so much easier for me to get to the community centre than the doctors surgery. Transport is a big issue for me and especially now with cost of living rises it’s becoming harder to pay for public transport so being able to walk over to my community centre and having a health check done was amazing..