The UK NSC recommendation on Vascular risk screening in adults over 40

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended, risk management guidance covered by UK NSC
Last review completed January 2007
Next review due in 2013/14

Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?

Although the UK NSC does not recommend screening for CVD, the Committee advised in 2005 that targeted screening for those at higher risk of T2DM should be undertaken in the context of a cardiovascular risk assessment programme. The Committee then commissioned a summary of existing clinical guidance on cardiovascular risk to support the field. This was the 2008 “blue book”. The idea of a RM programme was announced by the Labour government in 2008.  In 2013/4 the vascular risk management programme was picked up by PHE and universal invitations became a legal requirement:

The UK NSC continues to review policy recommendations for specific cardiovascular health problems that affect older people.

More about Vascular risk

A vascular disease is a disease that affects the blood vessels. This includes coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

» Read more about vascular disease on NHS UK


British Heart Foundation
British Renal Society
Diabetes UK
Faculty of Public Health
Kidney Research UK
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Stroke Association
Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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