Making a success of providing NHS Health Checks in community pharmacies across the Tees Valley: a qualitative study

Rebekah McNaughton, Nigel Oswald, Janet Shucksmith, Heywood Peter, Patricia Watson

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    Abstract

    In England and Wales, the Department of Health introduced a primary prevention programme, NHS Health Checks, to provide screening for cardiovascular risk amongst people aged 40-74. The aim of this programme is to offer treatment and advice to those identified with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD).

    The North East of England has some of the highest rates of CVD in the UK and prevention is therefore a priority. NHS Tees funded this programme of work under the local branding of Healthy Heart Checks (HHC). These were initially implemented principally through GP practices from October 2008 but, in order to mitigate the possibility that some hard to reach communities would be reluctant to engage with some primary care settings, plans were also developed to deliver the programme through workplace settings and through community pharmacies. This paper reports specifically on the findings from the evaluation in respect of the setting up of HHCs in community pharmacies and aims to offer some lessons for other service settings where this option is seen as a way of providing low threshold services which will minimise inequalities in intervention uptake.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number222
    JournalBMC Health Services Research
    Volume11
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2011

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    NHS Health Checks

    McNaughton, R., Shucksmith, J. & Gray, J.

    1/09/0931/05/18

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