Want to check-in on your health? If so, the Health Trainer service provide free health checks. The service is made up of people who have been specifically trained to provide NHS Health Checks and one-to-one Health Trainer support to help empower local people to improve their overall health and wellbeing.
What are NHS Health Checks?
Health Checks assess a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes and dementia, the aim being to detect any potential problems early so they can be prevented or the health impact reduced. They are carried out nationally at doctors practices, pharmacies and in community settings for those aged between 40 and 74 years.
How are NHS Health Checks carried out?
The check itself takes between 20 -30 minutes and begins by asking a series of simple questions to help inform someone’s risk score, including: family history, ethnicity and current lifestyle. Height and weight measurements are taken as well as blood pressure and a finger prick blood test. Risk score results can come out as high, medium or low and people will be given information and advice based on their risk score. Health Checks not only provide people with a quick health MOT but are also an opportunity for those carrying our the checks to provide general health information and tell people about a wide range of services or activities which they could access to help develop improve their health, including Health Trainers.
What are Health Trainers?
Health Trainers are local people recruited and trained to guide, motivate and empower others living in their community to make positive, informed choices about their health and lifestyle. Through regular one-to-one sessions Health Trainers support people to consider the elements of their life that they feel they need to change in order to better manage their health.
What do Health Trainers do?
Health Trainers help clients to develop Personal Health Plans and through using a variety of behaviour change techniques, such as goal setting and motivational interviewing, changes are made. Health Trainers listen to their clients and show empathy when helping people to work through the many challenges that life presents.
How do I make an appointment?
You can contact the Health Trainers on 020 7099 3333 (option 2) to make an appointment for an NHS Health Check and /or to see a Health Trainer. For more information about their Tri-Borough service (across Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster) do check their website at: www.londonhealthtrainers.com