Proposals to update health check scheme
11 April 2016
Councillors will consider plans to update a health check scheme that will target those at greatest risk of dying early from heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease.
Wakefield Council’s Cabinet members, meeting on April 19, will discuss a recommendation to adapt how the NHS Health Checks programme, which is used across the country, is applied in future within the district.
The scheme which assesses people aged from 40-74 years old for health risks and the early signs of disease could be refocused to reach the most vulnerable. This supports the national approach from Public Health England to prioritise health check invitations to those with the greatest health risk.
A new service would aim to improve the numbers of eligible people taking up the offer of health checks. It would also link in with other services that offer lifestyle advice to help improve people’s health.
Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at Wakefield Council, said: “We want everyone in our district to enjoy a long and healthy life. At the meeting we will be discussing this report and considering how a newly commissioned service could help to reduce early deaths.”
A report to councillors says that the risk factors for premature death include smoking and being overweight or obese.
Councillors are being recommended to agree to a new service, which would aims to reduce health inequalities across the district and be targeted at populations most at risk.