Health improvement


Salford has some of the worse health in the country. We are well above the national average for people drinking too much alcohol, smoking is still the main cause of premature death, and the main cause why people are not living as long as the national average is due to cardiovascular disease (disease of the heart or blood vessels), cancer and respiratory disease (disease of the airways). 

Below is a summary of the standard for health improvement. Please click the PDF at the end of the summary to read the full explanation and additional details. 


What you should expect from your GP practice:  


  • Practice staff attend relevant training for NHS Health Checks

  • If you are aged 40-74, with no cardiovascular disease or diabetes, you will be offered a Salford NHS Health Check

  • If you are aged 65 and over, you will have your pulse checked opportunistically, e.g. when you are attending for another reason like for the flu jab

  • If you are over 16 years old, you will have your alcohol intake assessed if you have not been screened in the last two years

  • If you score highly on the alcohol screening, you will be offered the relevant support or signposted to other services, such as the Salford Integrated Drug and Alcohol service, if appropriate

  • Every two years, you will be asked whether you smoke and, if so, be told how to get information and support if you want to quit

  • You will have your blood pressure recorded at least once every five years


Download full details of Standard 6.1 Health Improvement