GP portal - information for health professionals

Resources for doctors, midwives, nurses and other health professionals to signpost and refer patients to local healthy lifestyle schemes.

Weight management and exercise referral

Patients can be referred to our exercise referral schemes which may be run in their area by their local district or borough council. More information about these, and other ways to stay fit and healthy, can be found on our 'Move More' page.

You can find contact details for our 12 week adult weight management programme on our healthy weight and eating well page, along with general healthy eating advice and resources.

You can signpost patients to our community directory, North Yorkshire Connect, to find details of local leisure centres and fitness activities in their area.

Launch North Yorkshire Connect

We also have lists of leisure centres, walking groups, slimming organisations and other health and fitness initiatives

NHS health check

There is full information for members of the general public who may have questions about the NHS health check here

You will find resources for professionals below, including national guidance and the local pathway, template invitation letters to send to patients, posters, risk assessments, SystmOne codes and results cards.

This information is aimed at health professionals. Equivalent information for the general public can be found on the Check yourself - self care page.

Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes or kidney disease. These diseases can often be prevented and an NHS Health Check can help by assessing the risk and giving personalised advice on how to reduce it.

NHS Health Check national guidance and local specification

Information relating to NHS Health Check, including the local pathway, can be downloaded below:

NHS Health Check invitation and offer

A small change to the invitation letter can increase uptake of the NHS Health Check.

New results from a research trial show that making small changes to the NHS Health Check invitation letter can increase uptake at no extra cost. A Department of Health research team worked with Medway Council to rewrite the invitation letter and robustly test its impact. This resulted in a 13 per cent increase in uptake (four percentage points). Please use these letter templates in the future:

You can use any of the documents above. Each uses a different colour scheme for the header and footer to meet established styles and practices you may have.

All first invitation letters need to include an information leaflet:

NHS Health Check materials

See the NHS Health Check website for more details and resources on the programme.

The risk assessment

All practices are recommended to use standardised templates to record NHS Health Check risk assessment information. Standardised templates for both SystmOne and 5 byte clinical systems can be uploaded directly on practice systems.

NHS Health Check Results card

The alcohol section of the  NHS Health Check results booklet (pdf / 732 KB) has been updated to reflect the UK Chief Medical Officers' low risk drinking guidelines. A copy of the results card should be given to patients after their NHS Health Check.

Risk management

Annual review for those at high risk

Patients previously identified as being at high risk from cardiovascular disease can be invited for an annual review. Use this letter to issue an invitation:  Invite letter template for patient review (doc / 35 KB).

Lifestyle changes: self help and referral

Our move more - exercise and fitness and healthy weight and eating well pages support health professionals to enable adult patients who are overweight or obese to select appropriate physical activity or weight management services in North Yorkshire and York. 

NHS Health Check - materials for professionals

The following posters used in the 2015 marketing campaign are available to download:

Ordering materials

Health care professionals can order NHS Health Check materials online from the Department of Health publications orderline or by telephone on 0300 123 1002.

A full list of the  product codes for the leaflets in different formats / languages is available here (pdf / 108 KB).

    Stop smoking services

    Stop smoking support in North Yorkshire is delivered by Smokefreelife. You can find information for health professionals here. Information for members of the public about the Smokefreelife service as well as a downloadable app can be found here

    Sexual health services

    Sexual health services including contraception advice and the condom distribution scheme are run on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council by YorSexualHealth.

    Advice for members of the public about contraception and STD testing, as well as the background to the YorSexualHealth organisation, can be found here, and there is a YorSexualHealth professionals area.

    Formularies

    These formularies should be used alongside relevant clinical guidelines to ensure provision of clinically and cost effective medicines as part of evidence-based treatment intervention.

    Associated clinical guidelines include:

    • The British National Formulary - available through the NICE evidence search website;
    • Summaries of product characteristics; and
    • Local, regional and national clinical prescribing guidelines - available through the NICE evidence search website.

    Other useful links

    Our partners and public health commissioned services