NHS Health Check Programme

National Training 

Delivered by: Michaela Nuttall RGN MSc

Former Clinical Advisor Personalised Prevention OHID

Chair Health Care Committee HEART UK

The NHS Long Term Plan identifies cardiovascular disease (CVD) as a clinical priority and the single biggest condition where the NHS can save lives over the next 10 years. Following the disruption caused by COVID-19, we now have much to do to improve the detection and management of atrial fibrillation, blood pressure and cholesterol (ABCs).  

NHS Health Checks are a terrific way to help save lives, and training is essential.

Our training offer has evolved; we now provide two types of training, National, where staff can book our regular online live training events for full study days, updates, and the new clinical refreshers Or Local, where we work with you to provide a bespoke training programme tailored to your local needs. Local training can be online or in person, and while it includes the same elements as the National training, we also offer lunch and learn sessions, admin-specific, skills, clinical topics etc in addition to the core offering.

A competent workforce is essential for the success of the NHS Health Check Programme regardless of who or where the checks are delivered. Anyone delivering NHS Health Checks should have access to a robust and accessible training programme. And technical competence alone is not enough; staff must also be able to communicate appropriately with people, particularly about risk factors and cardiovascular risk.

National online events are available to purchase by individuals and organisations. This training can be used as stand-alone or in combination with local bespoke training.

National Training Full Day via Zoom £175 per attendee
National Training Update/Clinical Refresher via Zoom   £125 per attendee

Prices are exclusive of VAT


  • Online registration
  • Live, interactive online training via Zoom
  • Training booklet
  • Course handouts
  • Certificate of Attendance
Anyone involved in the delivery of health checks including:
  • Practice Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • GPs
  • Health Care Assistants
  • Care co-ordinators
  • Social Prescribers
  • Administration
  • Practice Staff
  • Pharmacists
  • Allied Healthcare Professionals
  • Health Trainers & Champions
  • Healthy Lifestyle Professionals

Certificates are available to all attendees on submission of evaluation and handouts for each course are available for future reference via the MedAll platform.

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Michaela Nuttall, Founder and Director of Smart Health Solutions

Michaela Nuttall RGN MSc

Founder & Director Smart Health Solutions

NHS Health Check Training Lead

Michaela is a Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist with a unique and varied experience across the NHS and beyond.

She developed her passion for prevention over 20 years ago and has worked within it ever since. In 2016 she left public health after working in the field for 16 years and now focuses on 3 main areas, as a Director for Smart Health Solutions, Associate in Nursing for C3 Collaborating for Health and Head of CVD Prevention at the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities.

She is the Chair of the Health Care Committee of Heart UK and an invited member of both the Nurses and The Guidelines and Information working party of the British and Irish Hypertension Society, elected member of the Association of Cardiovascular Nurses and Allied Health Professional Education working party, on a variety of editorial boards and the Global Cardiovascular Nursing Leadership Forum. Being a Trustee at PoTS UK keeps her firmly rooted in the challenges patients face in living with life-altering conditions.

We are a registered Centre for the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH), and HEART UK supports our cardiovascular training.

The NHS Health Check Competency Framework underpins our training.

We are proud of our strong heritage in supporting the NHS Health Check Programme, especially for training we have been providing since 2008 and that we have won all training tenders we have bid for.

NHS HC Full Day Training 

Starting with strengthening their understanding of the need for the programme and health inequalities that exist, this comprehensive session gives attendees the knowledge and understanding to support them in carrying out an NHS Health Check, including the significance of their results and CVD risk, acting on the filters and providing brief advice.

  • State why NHS Health Checks are important.
  • Identify non-modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
  • Identify modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
  • Know the NHS Health Check filters
  • State how an NHS Health Check should be conducted.
  • Identify how an NHS Health Check can assess and interpret the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • State how the risk of cardiovascular disease and opportunities for reducing this risk may best be communicated.


NHS HC Update

A fast-paced session with a refresher of the whole programme and the opportunity to troubleshoot issues and vote on the three topics they would like included in their training. Topics include Audit C,  AF, BP, Chol, CKD, CVD Risk, Dementia, GPPAQ, and familial hypercholesterolemia. Attendees value and enjoy this style of interactivity for their learning.

  • State why NHS Health Checks are important

  • Know the NHS Health Check filters

  • State how an NHS Health Check should be conducted.

  • Depending on the top 3 topics chosen:

  • Describe the pathophysiology, detection diagnosis and early management of  AF, BP, Chol, CKD, CVD Risk, Dementia, or familial hypercholesterolemia.

  • Appreciate the complexity of GPPAQ and audit C  


NHS HC Clinical Refreshers

Following feedback from both commissioners and providers we are delighted to offer three new clinical refreshers

Based on the NHS Health Check filters, these sessions are: 

Atrial Fibrillation, Blood Pressure & Chronic Kidney Disease

  • State why AF, BP and CKD are important. 
  • Understand the basic physiology  
  • Understand: 
      • Identification 
      • Diagnosis 
      • Initial management 
  • Know the NHS Health Check filters should be applied to each 

Cholesterol and Hypercholesterolemia

  • State why cholesterol and familial hypercholesterolemia are important. 
  • Understand the basic physiology  
  • Understand: 
      • Identification 
      • Diagnosis 
      • Initial management 
      • Diet to improve cholesterol 
  • Know the NHS Health Check filters should be applied 


  • State why diabetes is important. 
  • Understand the basic physiology  
  • Understand: 
      • Identification 
      • Diagnosis 
      • Initial management 
      • Diet to improve diabetes
  • Know the NHS Health Check filters should be applied 

    A 30-minute video introduction to NHS Health Check training by Michaela.

    Certificates for CPD for On-Demand viewing 

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    NHS Health Check Training Needs Analysis

    An insight into competency and training needs across NHS Health Check providers

    Impact of a TNA. 

    Proven to be effective for 4 areas that have already had a Training Needs Assessment from Smart Health Solutions

    ‘The TNA highlighted that many Health Care Professionals are keen to return to face-to-face events for Health Check training. In response, we are reintroducing two face-to-face NHS Health Check Clinical Refresher sessions, one for Nurses and one for Health Care Assistants.’  

    London Commissioner in Public health for NHS Health Checks 

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