Services Database NHS Health Checks

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The NHS Health Check Service aims to identify an individual’s risk of cardiovascular disease via a thorough clinical/lifestyle assessment, communicate this risk clearly and concisely and facilitate access to primary care, lifestyle services and/or wellbeing services with regards to follow-up, treatment and management. 

The basic components of the health check includes the following information and measurements to be taken from every patient:

  • smoking status;
  • family history of CVD;
  • level of physical activity using the General Practice Physical Activity Questionnaire;
  • body Mass Index;
  • random cholesterol test-total and HDL;
  • blood pressure measurement;
  • initial alcohol screening test (AUDIT-C or FAST may be used as the initial screening tool); and
  • pulse check to detect atrial fibrillation.

Additional assessments of the health check:

  • hypertension risk;
  • diabetes risk; 
  • chronic kidney disease risk;
  • full alcohol risk;
  • familial hypercholesterolemia;
  • CVD risk calculation; and
  • dementia awareness (for people aged 65 - 74 years only).

Location of service

Suffolk LPC


Local Authority (LA)

Method of commissioning

Local Authority contract

Source of funding

Local Authority (LA)

Service type

NHS Health Check

Other organisations involved


Start date: 01/05/2015
End date:




Following the Competency Framework 2015 BHR Pharmaceuticals will train each pharmacy taking part in the pilot to ensure all pharmacies are trained in all aspects of the health check from delivery to data transfer via PharmOutcomes.