NHS Health Check eBulletin

Operational update by Professor Jamie Waterall, National Lead for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Associate Deputy Chief Nurse

Jamie WaterallMany of us start a New Year by reflecting on what changes we want to make to ensure that the year ahead is a successful one. The team that leads on this e-Bulletin have also been reflecting on how we can improve this publication. We are keen to ensure that the e-Bulletin provides helpful information and access to key resources to those colleagues involved in the NHS Health Check programme. We are therefore asking our readers to make contact and provide feedback on ways in which you think we can improve. You can do this by emailing nhshealthchecks.mailbox@phe.gov.uk, and we promise to consider all suggestions, so let us know what you think. Also let us know about the topics you would like us to cover during 2017!

Last year we delivered 18 webinars as part of our implementation support for the Health Check programme. The topics varied from local case studies, illustrating innovation and improvement examples, to national resources and tools such as our top tips for increasing uptake.  We know that colleagues value the opportunity to link with peers from across the country to discuss achievements and problems together. Given the success of these sessions, we are intending to run more throughout 2017, so please register now to receive more information. Topics being covered soon include national updates on cholesterol and physical activity.

On 9 February, we will be hosting our 4th national NHS Health Check conference, which is due to take place in Manchester. I am thrilled that media medic and GP, Dr Dawn Harper will be chairing the day, when we will also be joined by various speakers, including the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Community Health and Care, David Mowat. There are still limited spaces available, so if you would like to attend the event, please book soon.  For those unable to attend, you will be able to follow us on twitter by using #NHSHealthCheck2017 and follow my tweets @JamieWaterall.

Finally, I wanted to remind colleagues that we have a huge number of resources, including latest news section, case studies, recorded webinars, and quarterly published data on our programme website. Please do use these materials and feel free to make contact if there are items which you think should be added. For those who are responsible for submitting your local authority data returns, please be advised that the data portal closes midday on 31 January for quarter 3 submissions. Quarter 3 data for 2016/17 will then be published on our website on Thursday 23 February.

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