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Health Services: Life Check Programme

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what services will be available to patients under his Department’s life check programme; (178263)

(2) how much has been spent on his Department’s life check programme;

(3) when he expects to make the life check programme available on a national basis;

(4) how many people have received check-ups under his Department’s life check pilots;

(5) in which pilot areas the mid-life NHS life check will initially be introduced;

(6) what progress he has made in evaluating and developing the early years, adolescent and mid-life NHS life check.

The national health service LifeCheck programme is based on a commitment in the ‘Our Health, Our Care, Our Say’ White Paper and three LifeChecks for teenagers, early years and mid-life are currently under development.

Using a straightforward questionnaire approach, the LifeChecks will assess current lifestyle behaviour, provide information on what to change, how to change and assist users in setting behaviour change goals. The LifeChecks will provide information about local services and a way of sharing the results of the questionnaire with health professionals. They will initially be available through the NHS Choices website.

More than £2 million has been spent on the national health service LifeCheck programme so far. This was for staffing costs, research, development, web site hosting, piloting and evaluation.

During the successful piloting of the TeenLifeCheck more than 17,000 persons have taken part and TeenLifeCheck is currently being revised to take account of the findings. This is expected to be ready for national roll out in 2008.

The Early Years LifeCheck is currently being readied for a two-month pilot. Subject to the findings of the pilot, we would anticipate that the tool would be readied for national roll out in 2008.

Development plans for the new Mid-life LifeCheck are currently being assessed in order to complement the Prime Minister’s vision for the NHS. This includes interfacing with and adding value to the new preventative health check-ups. Further plans will be announced in due course.