Evaluation of Keep Well

Evaluating Keep Well

The Keep Well programme invites individuals aged between 40 and 64 living in areas of high deprivation to attend a health check. The health check focuses on screening for cardio-vascular disease and its associated risk factors. The programme began in 2006 with Wave 1. Several Waves followed. Central funding for Keep Well will cease in 2016/17.

Further information about the Keep Well project can be found on our Keep Well topic pages .

The impact of Keep Well

An impact evaluation of the Keep Well programme was published in August 2014.  The report was a collaboration between NHS Health Scotland, the Information Services Division of NHS National Services Scotland and the University of Glasgow. It presents the findings from a pragmatic evaluation of the impacts of the Keep Well programme using routine data and information from NHS Boards.  It provides a narrative about Keep Well’s history and evolution, and the extent of variation in the way the programme was delivered between Health Boards and over time, and it describes what is known and not known about the programme’s impacts, and why.

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Evaluation of Keep Well Wave 1 

The evaluation of Keep Well Wave 1 was published in 2010. It was conducted by a team from the University of Glasgow (Departments of General Practice and Primary Care, and Urban Studies) and the University of Edinburgh. It provided lessons about the reach of the intervention and the feasibility and challenges of delivering the project. This learning helped to inform the subsequent waves of Keep Well implementation.


The evaluation of Wave 1 is reported in  seven Policy and Practice Papers, three Supporting Papers, a Summary Paper, and two Area-specific Papers and three Learning Notes.  The papers are as follows: 


For further information on Keep Well please contact Neil Craig at Neil.Craig@nhs.net .

Updated 22 January 2015

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