NHS: Ethnic Groups

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 9th July 2020.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of conducting the NHS Health Check on Black, Asian and minority ethnic NHS staff at age 25.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Holding answer received on 29 June 2020

Public Health England (PHE) has not made a specific assessment of the benefit of conducting NHS Health Checks amongst National Health Service staff.

PHE has published and advocates the use of a health equity audit tool and local data to inform local commissioning decisions in support of prioritising groups most likely to benefit from a check.

PHE guidance advocates that checks are delivered in a way that prioritises resources and effort to inviting and engaging those who are most likely to be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). National research shows greater take up of NHS Health Checks among deprived and minority ethnic groups at high risk of CVD. It can be accessed at the following link:

https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/1/e008840

Local authorities are legally required to make NHS Health Check provision for all eligible people aged 40 -74 but can also choose to extend the programme to a younger population.

PHE has been commissioned by the Department to deliver an evidence-based review of the NHS Health Check programme to inform action which will ensure it remains fit for purpose for the next 10 years and beyond.

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