At a glance guide to the Heart and Mind Health Check
|Height, Weight, Waist|
|Body Mass Index|
|Total and HDL Cholesterol|
|Age, Gender, Ethnicity, Postcode, Family History|
|Type-2 Diabetes Risk|
|AUDIT-C Alcohol Risk|
|QRISK2 Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Heart Age|
|‘What If’ Effect of Lifestyle Change on Heart Age|
|GAD-7 Generalised Anxiety Disorder|
|PHQ-9 Patient Health Questionnaire for Depression|
|Consultation Duration||60 mins|
|Consultations Per Day||5|
Eight step guide to the Heart and Mind Health Check
Reliable health risk assessment can be affected by optimistic disclosure of activity levels, diet, family history and alcohol consumption and pessimistic disclosure of mood¹
We elicit accurate disclosure of health risk factors by:
- Establishing trust and rapport
- Listening without judgement and acknowledging your feelings
- Helping you take a balanced view of your mood during the weeks leading up to the day of your check by careful positioning of questions and probing for underlying symptoms
¹ The Channel 4 “Embarrassing Bodies” programme found that mood pessimism amongst 25% of 1 million self-assessments resulted in an incorrect assessment of mental health risk such as anxiety or depression
- Height / waist ratio (body shape) and weight (Body Mass Index)
- Blood pressure, pulse and atrial fibrilation
- Good and bad cholesterol and glucose (involving small skin prick)
All measurements are taken in compliance with clinical best practise guidelines using regularly calibrated medical equipment
Cardiovascular Health Risk. Your Cardiovascular Health risk score is calculated by the QRisk2 algorithm. It is NICE recommended for a full formal assessment of your risk of developing cardiovascular disease in the next 10 years. Click on the logo to find out more
Type 2 Diabetes Risk. Your Type 2 Diabetes risk score is calculated by an algorithm developed by Diabetes UK in collaboration with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. It is NICE recommended for use by GPs and other primary healthcare professionals to predict your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes within 10 years. Click on the logo to find out more
Alcohol Related Health Risk. Your Alcohol Related Health Risk score is calculated using the AUDIT-C algorithm (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test). AUDIT-C is sponsored by the World Health Organisation. Click on the logo to find out more
Anxiety Risk. Your Anxiety risk score is calculated using the GAD-7 tool for assessment of the four most common anxiety disorders (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Phobia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Depression Risk. Your Depression risk score is calculated using the PHQ-9 tool for assessment of depressive symptoms not explained by substance use or another medical or psychiatric condition
This is a non-judgemental and motivational conversation supported by fact sheets on subjects such as: Sleep, Keeping Active, Walking, Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cholesterol, Alcohol and Smoking.
The fact sheets have evolved out of hundreds of plain English, jargon free conversations.
You may consider changes such as stopping smoking or reducing drinking, increasing physical activity and losing weight.
We feed your lifestyle change intentions into the expert system which re-calculates your health risk scores.
We might have a “what if” conversation supported by the expert system, modifying your intentions and testing their impact on your health scores before concluding on a final set of reasonable lifestyle change intentions.
The conversation we’ve had so far naturally leads onto discussing personal coping strategies such as handling the effects of day to day stressors, signposting to self-help information resources and possibly referrals for further help.
Our Work Wellness practitioner will recommend links to additional resources, sign-posting to local contacts and referrals to specialist practitioners if they are likely to help and support you in sustaining positive lifestyle changes.
Referrals to your GP are supported with a personalised letter detailing the nature of the referral for you to hand over at your GP appointment.
By the end of your Health Check we’ll have discussed a lot of information, answered many of your questions and will be feeling positive and motivated. We don’t want you to lose that feeling once you’re back at your workplace.
So you’ll be able to take away a personalised report containing 15 pages of information you’ve provided, the measures we’ve taken, the lifestyle changes we’ve discussed, their impact on your health risk scores, where to find self-help resources and referral routes to get further help. That’s a lot of information to digest, so your report carefully structures it alongside plain English guidance.
Your Work Wellness Heart and Mind Health Check may not have found any significant health risks. Alternatively, a Work Wellness referral to your GP or another specialist practitioner may mean that you are receiving some form of treatment
In any event, we encourage you to come back for a follow-up check every year. Our Expert System remembers you and re-presents your previous and latest information side by side, thereby freeing up time for a conversation about your progress, any issues and next steps.
Work Wellness Health Checks are guided by the UK’s leading Health Options Expert System which:
- Calculates your health risk factors based upon the measurements we have taken and the information you have disclosed
- Encrypts and securely stores all of this information for retrieval at your follow-up check, so we can quickly see the effects of any lifestyle changes you’ve made
Achieve lasting benefits from the Work Wellness Health Check Programme
Our consultations allow time for your employees to discuss questions and concerns:
- Encourages disclosure to support accurate diagnosis and recommendation
- Builds commitment to making positive lifestyle changes
- Creates positive anticipation for follow-ups and annual re-checks
We spend time with you to understand the nature of your business and to prepare for the kinds of questions and concerns your employees are likely to raise
High Quality Delivery
- Our consultations are delivered by medically qualified clinicians
- Our consultations use software built upon clinically proven and peer reviewed medical research and recommended in NICE guidelines
- Our diagnostic equipment is clinically validated and regularly calibrated
Workforce Health Insights
Work Wellness health checks generate a rich database of health measures about your employees which we’ll mine for insights and ideas for targeting occupational health provision and proactive wellness initiatives at the specific needs of your business.
Annual Workforce Health Insights can be provided free of charge if at least 150 health checks have been purchased during that year