Kirklees Council launches pilot project to tackle health inequalities

A new initiative to help tackle health inequalities is being delivered by Kirklees Council, starting in November.

Residents over 40, who do not have pre-existing conditions, are being offered free, community-based health checks. The pilot is being rolled out in specific areas of Kirklees that have a higher prevalence of serious health issues.

Research shows that black and Asian minority ethnic groups, people living with mental health conditions or those living in deprived areas of Kirklees are at greater risk of poorer health outcomes.  The person-centred, non-clinical approach of this pilot aims to encourage more people to actively engage with health checks and make positive steps to improve their health.

Councillor Musarrat Khan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care undergoing a health check with a qualified Wellness Coach.

Undertaking a health check can help spot the early signs of cardio-vascular disease, diabetes and strokes and a personalised plan will be developed to prevent escalation though education, support and interventions.

Councillor Musarrat Khan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said:

“This is an exciting, new initiative that will support our NHS by relieving some of the pressures on our GP surgeries. If signs of ill health can be identified earlier, preventative measures can be put in place to reduce the need for some people to visit their doctor or hospital.

“As a council, we strive to support people to live confident, healthier lifestyles. With the launch of this pilot, we have reframed how health checks are delivered, and using community venues, we can reach people who may not normally access the service in traditional ways. I urge anyone in those communities to get in touch.”

The pilot will run from 8 November and will be rolled out to residents in the Golcar, Crosland Moor and Netherton, Newsome, Greenhead, Batley East, Birstall and Birkenshaw, Ashbrow and Lindley wards.

More information, including list of dates and venues available at www.kirkeeswellnessservice.co.uk

The Health Checks will be available at the following:

Viaduct Care Network
The Grange Group Practice
Woodhouse Hill Surgery
Fartown Green Road Surgery
Croft Medical Centre
Marsh Surgery
Westbourne Surgery
Lindley Village Surgery
Lindley Group Practice
Birkby Health Centre
Surgery & Clifton Group
Nook Surgery

Greenwood Network
The Grange Group Practice
Woodhouse Hill Surgery
Fartown Green Road Surgery
Croft Medical Centre
Marsh Surgery
Westbourne Surgery
Lindley Village Surgery
Lindley Group Practice
Birkby Health Centre
Surgery & Clifton Group
Nook Surgery

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