A new approach to health checks on the NHS will explore greater digitisation and consider increasing the range of advice checks can provide on things like musculoskeletal problems and hearing loss.
An end to a ‘one size fits all’ approach, declared by the health secretary today, will include new measures to tackle hearing loss early and prevention of musculoskeletal problems early on with smarter checks.
NHS health checks are offered to people aged between 40-74. By harnessing the latest technology, techniques, and data, the NHS says it will be able to move away from standardised health checks.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “Personalised, preventative healthcare is mission critical to the future-fit healthcare service we want to build. We must harness the latest technology and techniques to move away from the one-size-fits-all approach of the past.
“The review we are announcing today will be an important step towards achieving that, helping us to find data-led, evidenced based ways to support people to spot, manage and prevent risks to their health through targeted intervention.”
Duncan Selbie, Public Health England chief executive, said: “Predictive prevention becomes ever more possible through genomics and the application of cutting edge behavioural science.
“NHS Health Checks have been phenomenally successful and this review is a great opportunity to make the next generation the most effective in the world.”
A more data-led predictive system could offer checks based on different risk factors.
Over 14 million people, 90% of the eligible population, have been offered an NHS Health Check in the last five years and almost 7 million have taken up the offer.