Engaging with stakeholders to inform the development of a decision-support tool for the NHS health check programme: qualitative study

Hyseni, Lirije, Guzman-Castillo, Maria, Kypridemos, Chris ORCID: 0000-0002-0746-9229, Collins, Brendan ORCID: 0000-0002-3023-8189, Schwaller, Ellen ORCID: 0000-0002-2769-0449, Capewell, Simon ORCID: 0000-0003-3960-8999, Boland, Angela ORCID: 0000-0002-5435-8644, Dickson, Rumona ORCID: 0000-0003-1416-0913, O'Flaherty, Martin ORCID: 0000-0001-8944-4131, Gallacher, Kay
et al (show 2 more authors) (2020) Engaging with stakeholders to inform the development of a decision-support tool for the NHS health check programme: qualitative study. BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 20 (1). 394-.

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<h4>Background</h4>The NHS Health Check Programme is a risk-reduction programme offered to all adults in England aged 40-74 years. Previous studies mainly focused on patient perspectives and programme delivery; however, delivery varies, and costs are substantial. We were therefore working with key stakeholders to develop and co-produce an NHS Health Check Programme modelling tool (workHORSE) for commissioners to quantify local effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and equity. Here we report on Workshop 1, which specifically aimed to facilitate engagement with stakeholders; develop a shared understanding of current Health Check implementation; identify what is working well, less well, and future hopes; and explore features to include in the tool.<h4>Methods</h4>This qualitative study identified key stakeholders across the UK via networking and snowball techniques. The stakeholders spanned local organisations (NHS commissioners, GPs, and academics), third sector and national organisations (Public Health England and The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). We used the validated Hovmand "group model building" approach to engage stakeholders in a series of pre-piloted, structured, small group exercises. We then used Framework Analysis to analyse responses.<h4>Results</h4>Fifteen stakeholders participated in workshop 1. Stakeholders identified continued financial and political support for the NHS Health Check Programme. However, many stakeholders highlighted issues concerning lack of data on processes and outcomes, variability in quality of delivery, and suboptimal public engagement. Stakeholders' hopes included maximising coverage, uptake, and referrals, and producing additional evidence on population health, equity, and economic impacts. Key model suggestions focused on developing good-practice template scenarios, analysis of broader prevention activities at local level, accessible local data, broader economic perspectives, and fit-for-purpose outputs.<h4>Conclusions</h4>A shared understanding of current implementations of the NHS Health Check Programme was developed. Stakeholders demonstrated their commitment to the NHS Health Check Programme whilst highlighting the perceived requirements for enhancing the service and discussed how the modelling tool could be instrumental in this process. These suggestions for improvement informed subsequent workshops and model development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stakeholder engagement, Co-production, Model development, NHS health checks, Qualitative, Public health
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 10:42
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2024 12:54
DOI: 10.1186/s12913-020-05268-5
Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-020-05268-5
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3087342