Nottinghamshire County Council asks for views on plans to increase NHS Health Check service

Nottinghamshire County Council would like views on new plans for how the Council commissions the NHS Health Check service across the county from April 2016, to widen the offering to target more people from harder to reach communities.

An NHS Health Check is a short risk assessment with a health professional that identifies people at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease or certain types of dementia, and helps them take action to avoid, reduce or manage their risk of developing a serious condition.

You can have your say by completing a short survey on the consultations section of the County Council website, or by returning a paper copy available in any County Council library.

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People aged 40-74 are eligible to be offered an NHS Health Check every five years provided they do not have a previously diagnosed cardiovascular condition or are already in treatment for certain risk factors like high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

The County Council is planning to continue to offer the mandatory NHS Health Check service through all GPs in the County, but also to provide additional services in workplaces and community venues to target sections of our community that statistically are at higher risk of developing potentially life threatening conditions, but who are also less likely to engage with GP practices.

Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, chair of the County Council’s Public Health committee said:“NHS Health Checks are based on the notion that prevention is better than cure, they help people pick up on things that could become an issue in the coming years, and helps them change their behaviour to avoid them from developing.

“We’re looking at new ways of engaging with more people that might be at higher risk of some of the conditions an NHS Health Check can flag up, and would welcome as many views as possible.”