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Special Edition Dementia & alcohol guidance Oct 12

Dementia and alcohol policy guidance special edition

This eBulletin is produced by NHS Diabetes and Kidney Care in conjunction with the Department of Health to support the NHS Health Check Learning Network.   This is a useful tool for anyone working in health or social care with an interest in the prevention of vascular disease and vascular risk assessment and management.  To subscribe or unsubscribe, please contact Eleanor Kent-Dyson. 


Message from Nicola Strother Smith, National Director, NHS Diabetes and Kidney Care

This special edition of the NHS Health Check eBulletin has been developed to provide you with the latest position and developments relating to the addition of alcohol and dementia to the NHS Health Check from April 2013.  As you will be aware, from 1 April 2013 local authorities with be mandated to provide health checks risk assessments to their populations, and ensure that everyone eligible is offered a check every five years. Assessing alcohol consumption for everyone attending, and raising awareness of dementia for those 65-74 will be part of the mandatory function.

In addition to this eBulletin, full guidance will be released towards the end of this year. 

We will also be running a workshop looking at the NHS Health Check best practice guidance for these additional elements at the 15th NHS Health Check Learning Network event which is taking place in London 28th November. 

Register for the event here.


All operational queries about the NHS Health Check programme, or questions about the Learning Network should be directed to Eleanor Kent-Dyson.  Policy queries should continue to be directed to the NHS Health Check team at the Department of Health using their dedicated mailbox .