Data update: Building a better understanding of the impact of NHS Health Check
PHE is committed to reviewing data that will enhance our understanding of the impact of the NHS Health Check (NHS HC) programme and its individual components. The NHS HC team has been working with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to explore using the HSCIC’s general practice extraction service (GPES) to review progress of the implementation of NHS HC. The process to commence an extraction is complex, since it covers multiple data indicators, different IT suppliers and information governance issues.
Final approval for the data extract is yet to be confirmed, but its purpose would be to monitor comparable data from different localities. Data would aim to cover people who have been invited to attend an NHS HC, their assessment, any interventions following the NHS HC, and records of outcomes following the NHSHC. In addition to the GPES work, PHE will continue to pursue other strategies to review the programme.
As part of the revisions to its data guidance, the NHS HC team is also creating an appendix to the guidance that will show the relevant clinical codes for the requirements of the NHS HC. The codes will be shown for Read Version 2, CTV 3 and SNOMED CT. The codes will include essential risk assessments that are prescribed as part of the NHS HC; diagnosis and risk codes; and codes for risk management and interventions recommended to providers. Universal use of the codes will help ensure greater consistency of data input and recording of the NHS HC programme.