Although people may feel well, there may be aspects of their lifestyle that could prevent them from staying well in the future. If they smoke, do little or no physical activity, drink more than the recommended amount of alcohol, or eat unhealthily, then they could be putting themselves at risk of developing long term conditions such as heart disease and diabetes in the future.
Health Improvement Practitioners are qualified NHS professionals who have been specifically trained to motivate, advise and support patients in getting healthy, staying healthy and getting the most out of life. They are based in GP surgeries across Bolton and work closely with Bolton CCG, local GPs and their staff to make a difference to people’s health and wellbeing. Every patient who accesses the service is given an evaluation form to complete and the responses and suggestions are used to improve the service for future patients.
What does the service offer?
Your NHS health improvement practitioner will work with you, when it is convenient, to identify small changes you could make to your lifestyle that might help you to stay well and keep healthy for many years to come.
Health improvement practitioners work mainly with the following patients:
- Patients who are over 40 years of age, with no existing cardiovascular (heart) disease, but who have been identified as being at high risk.
- Patients identified as being at high risk of developing diabetes.
- Patients who smoke and who suffer from heart failure, atrial fibrillation (AF), diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary (lung) disease (COPD), or chronic kidney disease (CKD).
- Patients who need lifestyle support identified through a hospital health promotion assessment.
- Patients identified as at risk of alcohol misuse.