This section provides key documents which present the evidence which underpin the delivery of the Keep Well programme and provides guidelines for Health Professionals who support the delivery of the programme.

NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) produces public health guidance for England, aimed at promoting good health and preventing ill-health. Where it is deemed likely provide added value, NHS Health Scotland produces ‘Scottish Perspectives’ on such guidance to enable the action recommendations, adapted or amended if considered appropriate, to be used to support the development and implementation of policy and practice in Scotland.

Scottish Perspective on NICE public health: Guidance 15 – Identifying and supporting people most at risk of dying prematurely(internal link) focuses on: reducing the rate of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease and other smoking-related diseases; finding and supporting those most at risk and improving access to services.

Keep Well Interventions Evidence Overview of Guidelines and Evidence a resource for pilots (internal link) provides an easily accessible overview of current guidelines on action that can be taken by professionals and members of communities in pursuing the vision and focus of Keep Well. Evidence on the effectiveness of relevant interventions is also detailed where this helpfully supplements and complements the guidelines identified.

The Keep Well Engagement and Concordance: Evidence Overview- A resource for pilots (external link) was produced by Elizabeth Bream (NHS Lothian) in March 2006 to guide pilot project implementation.

It provides an overview of existing evidence relating to:

  • how to contact and offer assessment/preventative care to hard to reach populations (in primary care)
  • how to ensure compliance/concordance with interventions (in primary care).

The evidence relating to engagement should be considered in conjunction with the more recently produced resource: Motivators and barriers to engagement with health checks (2009) (internal link). This paper reports on research which was undertaken during the latter half of 2008 which explored the motivators and barriers to engagement with health checks.

Updated 28 July 2014

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