NHS Health Checks


  • The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults aged between 40 and 74. It is a series of tests aimed at detecting early signs of cardio-vascular disease (CVD).
  • In Wakefield, around 6% of people who receive a check have undiagnosed CVD or are identified as having a CVD risk score of greater than 20%.
  • Men in Wakefield are three times more likely to have undiscovered CVD or be at high risk of CVD than women.
  • In the last five years around 74.5% of those eligible population in Wakefield were offered an NHS Health Check, compared to 90% nationally.
  • In the last five years around 24.6% of the eligible population in Wakefield received an NHS Health Check, compared to 43.3% nationally.

The Population

The eligible population are adults aged between 40 and 74 who do not have a diagnosis of a cardio-vascular disease and have not received an NHS Health Check in the last five years. NHS England estimate the current eligible population in Wakefield to be 101,732 people. Each year the expectation is that 20% of these will be offered an NHS Health Check.

The Challenges

The population of Wakefield exhibits a lot of the risk factors that are associated with cardio-vascular disease, for example high levels of excess weight in adults (69% of adults are overweight, 2017/18) and high prevalence of smoking (19.3% of adults smoke, 2018). Wakefield also has a high prevalence of hypertension (15.2% compared to 13.9% nationally, 2017/18) and it is estimated that due to all the undiscovered instances of hypertension the true prevalence could be nearer 25% (Public Health England, 2014).

You can use the headings below to explore the levels of performance, risk factors and disease prevalence in Wakefield:

The Inequality

A service review was conducted in May 2019, to assess the success of the current service and whether there are any inequalities in service delivery and outcomes. You can read the summary report here: NHS Health Check Summary May 2019.

There was also a service review conducted in 2016 – you can read the report here: NHS Health Checks Summary report Dec 2016


Service Provision

Following a period of service re-design, which included looking at the patient feedback we had received, Public Health specified the following requirements for the NHS Health Checks programme:

  • The service will target sections of the population who have been proven to benefit the most from receiving an NHS Health Check.
  • The service will reach out to communities, delivering health checks in additional venues that are easily accessible.
  • Patients will be provided with an information booklet, detailing their results and explaining what they mean.
  • Patients will be provided with information on possible referrals for lifestyle support that they can receive following their NHS Health Check.
  • GPs will continue to be an essential part of service delivery.

Since January 2018 the NHS Health Check programme in Wakefield has been managed by Conexus Healthcare Limited:

Email: Conexus.Healthcare@nhs.net
Online: www.Conexus-Healthcare.org

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