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a pharmacist checking blood pressure cbJanuary 29 2018

Local authorities are being asked to help increase NHS Health Check uptake by expanding the range of providers beyond general practice. 

Suitable settings include pharmacies, major retailers and the voluntary sector, says new guidance from Public Health England. “This helps provide a flexible programme that meets the needs of their local communities and improves access for hard to reach groups.”

The professional resource from PHE focuses on how the NHS Health Check is playing an important role in the prevention and early detection of cardiovascular disease. It notes that 12.7 million people have been offered the NHS Health Check since 2013, and 6.1 million have received it, with the take up rate currently being 48.8%.

“This means that just over half of all people invited for the NHS Health Check do not take up the offer, and there is huge variation in uptake across the country,” it says. The document sets out six main reasons why people are not taking up the offer of a check: a number of these are around people’s understanding of what the check involves or what the benefits of preventive health measures might be.

However, it also says that convenience is a major factor, especially for those who may be working and not able to get a GP appointment. In addition is perceived quality, as there are “concerns regarding the competence, privacy and confidentiality of checks that are delivered in pharmacies.

“These findings highlight the need for further action to address the lack of awareness and knowledge about the programme as well as addressing underlying aversion to preventative medicine. Improving convenience of access and reassuring people of the high quality of checks delivered by pharmacists may also help dispel the fears that stop people from attending.”

Links:
PHE announcement     
PHE Guidance ‘Using the world leading NHS Health Check programme to prevent CVD’  

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