Statistics on NHS Health Checks broken down by age, gender and ethnicity for the first time
Local demographic statistics on NHS Health Checks2 attended in England between April 2012 and March 2018 has been published for the first time today.
90% of GP practices in England are captured in the dataset, which shows the number of patients recorded as having completed an NHS Health Check rose from 734,0003 in 2012-134 to 1,109,000 in 2017-185 – peaking at 1,161,000 in 2015-16.
Of those recorded as completing an NHS Health Check in 2017-18, 54.0% were female and 46.0% were male.
NHS Health Check Programme, Patients Recorded as Attending and Not Attending, 2012-13 to 2017-186 has been published as part of a collaborative project between NHS Digital and Public Health England.7
The NHS Health Check is a prevention programme delivered across England, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of over 15 million adults aged 40-74 years who do not already have a cardiovascular health condition.
In 2017-18, 1,595,000 were recorded as having not attended their check – with 1,529,000 patients not responding, 57,000 patients declining the invitation, 7,000 not attending and 2,000 commencing but not completing their check.
Of the 1,595,000 patients who did not attend, 52.1% of patients were male and 47.9% were female.
65-69-year-olds had the highest attendance rate with 54.5% of those invited in 2017-18 (126,000) recorded as having attended their check.
40-44-year-olds had the lowest attendance rate with 35.9% of those invited in 2017-18 (240,000) recorded as having attended their check.
The number of Asian or Asian British patients recorded as having attended their check rose from 48,000 in 2012-13 (6.5% of the total patients attending) to 99,000 in 2017-18 (8.9% of the total patients attending).
The number of Black or African or Caribbean or Black British patients recorded as having attended their check rose from 24,000 in 2012-13 (3.3% of the total patients attending) to 46,000 in 2017-18 (4.1% of the total patients attending).
Read the full report: NHS Health Check Programme 2012-13 to 2017-18
Notes to editors
- NHS Digital is the national information and technology partner of the health and care system. Our team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend. During the 2018/19 financial year, NHS Digital published 287 statistical reports. Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better. The Health and Social Care Information Centre is a non-departmental body created by statute, also known as NHS Digital. We provide ‘Information and Technology for better health and care’. Find out more about our role and remit at www.digital.nhs.uk
- The NHS Health Check is made up of three key components: risk assessment, risk awareness and risk management. During the risk assessment standardised tests are used to measure key risk factors and establish the individual’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The outcome of the assessment is then used to raise awareness of cardiovascular risk factors, as well as inform a discussion on, and agreement of, the lifestyle and medical approaches best suited to managing the individual’s health risk.
- Numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand.
- Figures covering financial year 2012-13 exclude patients aged 69 and over.
- Figures covering financial years 2013-14 - 2017-18 exclude patients aged 70 and over.
- NHS Digital acting on behalf of Public Health England has collected NHS Health Check data that has been recorded by use of a clinical code in a patient’s electronic record within their registered GP practice.
- Today’s report is the initial release from a collaborative project between NHS Digital and Public Health England. Future publications will be released by Public Health England and will report the data in more detail.
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