The Farm Families Health Checks Programme is aimed at improving the health and social wellbeing of farmers, farm families and rural dwellers in Northern Ireland by increasing access to health screening services.
The programme consists of a mobile screening unit, which visits farmers markets and rural community events to offer on the spot health checks consisting of blood pressure monitoring, BMI, cholesterol breakdown, diabetic screening, Q risk score and mental health screening. In addition individual lifestyle advice is given on a range of health issues and onward referral to local support services as required.
The programme has been positively evaluated and has been delivered throughout Northern Ireland since July 2012. Funding has been provided by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the Public Health Agency (PHA) and the support of qualified nurses throughout the various health trusts, who assist carrying out the health checks.
For general enquiries or further information about the programme, including the venues the screening van will be visiting, please contact: Christina Faulkner (Regional Co-ordinator) or Adrian Crabbe (Farm Families Programme Support Officer).
Health and Safety
For information on farm safety visit the Health and Safety Executive website at www.hseni.gov.uk/topics.
The Farm Safety Foundation have produced a useful Guide For Students