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.
NHS health check
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 - best practice guidance (pdf / 2 MB)
- Assessment of cardiovascular disease risk pathway (pdf / 936 KB)
- NHS Health Check - programme standards (pdf / 755 KB)
- NHS Health Check programme standards self-assessment framework (xlsx / 875 KB)
- NHS Health Check - competence framework (pdf / 508 KB)
- NHS Health Check service specification (pdf / 2 MB)
- Approved read codes for SystmOne (pdf / 148 KB)
- Approved read codes for 5 byte clinical systems (pdf / 147 KB)
- Health equity audit guidance (pdf / 636 KB)
- Top tips for increasing the uptake of NHS Health Checks (pdf / 216 KB)
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:
- Invite letter template (grey on white footer) (docx / 785 KB)
- Invite letter template (blue on white footer) (docx / 1019 KB)
- Invite letter template (white on blue footer) (docx / 177 KB)
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:
- Free NHS Health Check leaflet (pdf / 648 KB)
- Free NHS Health Check leaflet (easy read) (pdf / 994 KB)
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.
- SystmOne standardised template for upload (zip / 3 KB)
- 5 byte standardised template for upload (zip / 6 KB)
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.
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:
- Health check poster - female (pdf / 311 KB)
- Health check poster - male (pdf / 322 KB)
- NHS Health Check dementia leaflet (pdf / 1 MB)
The NHS Health Check dementia leaflet has been developed to support the dementia information given to those aged 65-74 years of age during their appointment. These leaflets are available to order free of charge in a variety of formats and languages through the Department of Health order line or individual copies can be downloaded in a variety of formats.
Health care professionals can order NHS Health Check materials online from the Department of Health publications orderline or by telephone on 0300 123 1002.
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.
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.
- Smoking cessation formulary (pdf / 405 KB)
- Drug misuse, alcohol misuse and sexual health formularies (pdf / 182 KB)
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.