Barnsley Health Check Evaluation

Barnley Health ChecksDr Annette Haywood (ScHARR) and Dr Shona Kelly (Sheffield Hallam University) recently presented results of an evaluation at a very well attended showcase event “Beyond Ticking the Box, Making NHS Health Checks Work for the People of Barnsley’s Health”. The event was opened by Jamie Waterall (National Lead for the NHS Health Check, Public Health England) with a presentation entitled “Celebrating Success in Barnsley and Looking to the Future of the NHS Health Check Programme”.

Dr Haywood and Dr Kelly presented the results of their evaluation of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s “Health Check” scheme for everyone aged between 40 and 74.

Researchers from ScHARR and Sheffield Hallam University worked in partnership with Barnsley MBC to evaluate the scheme. The aim was to learn from the GP practices which had been most successful in encouraging patients to take up the free health checks. The main factors which increased take-up included:

  • taking a proactive approach, for example printing written reminders on prescriptions, targeting patients attending the surgery for other routine appointments
  • team characteristics, such as having a defined role within the Health Check programme and going ‘above and beyond’ the routine
  • having appropriate follow up for ‘high risk’ patients

As a result of the research, the team made recommendations for other Local Authorities who may plan to adopt similar schemes. Recommendations include:

  • incorporating the Health Check into existing appointments
  • having the freedom to customise the approach to suit their work and staff structure and the characteristics of the community where they are based

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here: Barnsley Health Check Evaluation Presentation

Research Team: Dr Hanif Ismail (Lead Author, Sheffield Hallam University); Professor Liddy Goyder, Dr Annette Haywood, Dr Jill Thompson, Dr Sheila Kennedy, Mrs Sue Wilson (ScHARR); Dr Shona Kelly (Sheffield Hallam University); Adele Oddy, Laura Brown (BMBC).

Acknowledgement: The Barnsley Health Check Evaluation project presents independent research by the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for South Yorkshire (NIHR CLAHRC SY) a pilot which ended in 2013. Further details about the new NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber can be found at The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.


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