How a health assessment can help you live your healthiest life

Health assessments aren’t just to identify health issues, they can also help you optimise your health and wellbeing. Luke Cousins, Regional Clinical Lead Physiologist, shines a light on health assessments at Nuffield Health and why you might decide to have one.

Health assessment data collected between 2019 and 2020 shows that 1 in 2 are overweight or obese, 1 in 5 have elevated blood pressure, 1 in 5 have an unhealthy cholesterol profile and 1 in 3 have emotional wellbeing concerns. 

We know that lifestyle factors contribute towards ill health, and our data shows that 2 in 3 are doing insufficient exercise, 1 in 5 are drinking at least four days per week and 1 in 3 report poor sleep routines. 

These figures are alarming when considering the current and future risk of disease. A health assessment allows you to address these risks by helping you make meaningful improvements your lifestyle and, in effect, your health.

What is a health assessment?

A health assessment focuses on preventative healthcare, empowering you to be confident and engaged in managing your health and wellbeing. 

Within our CQC-registered health assessment clinics, you are dedicated time with our multi-disciplinary team of health and wellbeing physiologists and health assessment doctors to gain in-depth information about your health and wellbeing. 

Why might you have a health assessment? 

Both physical and mental health exist on a continuum from ill health to high-level wellness. Those moving towards illness will start to display signs and symptoms of disease, and although those towards the middle may not have these symptoms, they may have little understanding of how their current lifestyle may affect their future physical and mental health.

Optimal health comes when you recognise the impact of consistently making positive lifestyle choices. Health assessments are therefore much more than identifying disease, they’re also designed to help you enhance your health and wellbeing. 

What does a health assessment involve?

The assessment involves a combination of medical and non-invasive tests – our onsite laboratory services allow for blood and urine to be collected and tested, so they can be discussed at the time. 

Our expert health and wellbeing physiologists and health assessment doctors will identify any health risks and help you set goals and action plans to overcome these. Using evidence-based behaviour change techniques backed by the National Institute of Care and Excellence (NICE), they’ll provide guidance on lifestyle behaviours – such as exercise, nutrition and stress management – to help you improve your health and reduce your risk of disease.

If the tests show a significant health risk or abnormal result, the clinician will refer you to a GP or relevant specialist service, either within our extended team or outside, whichever you prefer. Read more about what happens during a health assessment

What health assessments do Nuffield Health offer?

We offer a range of health assessments, depending on your needs. The Lifestyle Health Assessment screens for common health issues, the Female Health Assessment focuses purely on women’s health, the 360 Health Assessment includes even more tests for a full picture of your health, while the 360+ Health Assessment has an extra emphasis on cardiovascular health.

Our new Personalised Assessment for Tailored Health (PATH) further supports you to achieve a high level of wellness. Using Trium®, our expert algorithm to identify risk, you can then select from a wide array of health modules, on top of core measurements (blood analysis, urinalysis, body composition and blood pressure). It’s a truly personalised service that allows you to take control of your health and wellbeing.

To find out more about each of our health assessments and book an appointment, click here.

Last updated Tuesday 12 October 2021

First published on Tuesday 12 October 2021