The Health Check service offered by the NHS to people aged 40-74 is to be reviewed in the hope its personalised health checks can bring more benefit to a greater number of people.
The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) says that 90% of eligible patients (14 million people) have been offered the checks so far, but there has been concern the service is not tailored to individuals and is a blanket approach. The review will establish if consideration of personal aspects such as age or home location can be factored into the checks. The DHSC announcement says:
“The review will also explore:
- a special check-up for people approaching retirement age to help prevent or delay future care needs
- increasing the range of advice the checks can offer – for example, prevention of musculoskeletal problems or early action on hearing loss
- ways to increase the uptake of health checks
- the digitisation of health checks where appropriate
An intelligent check might target drinking advice at 40 to 49-year-olds, as alcohol use is more common in this age group.”
Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, said:
“Personalised, preventative healthcare is mission critical to the future-fit healthcare service we want to build. We must harness the latest technology and techniques to move away from the one-size-fits-all approach of the past.
“The review we are announcing today will be an important step towards achieving that, helping us to find data-led, evidenced-based ways to support people to spot, manage and prevent risks to their health through targeted intervention.”
Read more on this announcement here.