Perceptions of health professionals involved in the implementation of a NHS Health Check care pathway in the primary care setting

Baker, Colin and Loughren, Elizabeth A and Crone, Diane and Kallfa, Nevilla (2015) Perceptions of health professionals involved in the implementation of a NHS Health Check care pathway in the primary care setting. Practice Nursing, 26 (12). pp. 608-612. ISSN 0964-9271

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Abstract

Background: The national NHS Health Check programme in England aims to help people stay well for longer and is designed to support individuals aged between 40 and 74 to manage their risk of developing vascular diseases by offering a cardiovascular risk assessment every five years. Aim: To investigate health professionals’ experiences and perspectives concerning the implementation of a local HC programme and challenges to delivery. Methods: Surveys including standardised quantitative questions and qualitative questions were administered to GP practice staff (n = 25) directly involved in the implementation of Health Checks within a single county in the South West of England. Results: There was a lack of clarity concerning the expectations for Health Checks and barriers to consistently implementing the pathway. Practitioners were not always confident in communicating risk or supporting change in patient health behaviours. Conclusions: There is a need for on-going training and support in respect of Health Checks for those engaged in its implementation.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Colin Baker
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2015 10:26
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 10:59
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2935

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