The CHEK Clinic

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by The CHEK Clinic's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from The CHEK Clinic is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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Highlighting best practice
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CEO of CHEK Institute
GavinJennings
Students at a class
in California
CHEK Clinic is a private medical facility based in Lancashire.
It provides health, injury and pain rehabilitation services
to clients who have found little or no relief from their
health problems either through the NHS or from private or
alternative health services. Gavin Jennings, founder of CHEK
Clinic and CEO of CHEK Institute, asserts that the clinic’s unique
and committed approach enables it to make a measurable
difference to patients who have often been written off as
“medical failures”.
Our healthcare system is under massive pressure from underfunding, a population
that is growing more sedentary year on year, increasing obesity, a lack of basic
human movement skills and increasing mental health issues, which are now
affecting our communities and businesses. Our organisation addresses these issues
through education and direct health coaching.
CHEK Practitioners globally
CHEK Clinic is part of a larger, global organisation called CHEK Institute, which
operates from offices in California and Eccleston, Lancashire.
Our education company, the CHEK Institute, provides advanced health education
to medical and health professionals. There are currently around 10,000 CHEK
practitioners globally, with the largest numbers in the US, the UK, Denmark,
Sweden, Australia and Canada, with growing numbers in India and the Middle East.
FACTS ABOUT
THE CHEK CLINIC
»CEO of CHEK Institute:
GavinJennings
»Established in 2003
»Based in Eccleston, Lancashire
»Services: Health, injury and
pain rehabilitation services
»No. of employees: 15 full time
and 30 contractors
The CHEK Clinic
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
32 | THE CHEK CLINIC
CEO of CHEK Institute
GavinJennings
Students at a class
in California
CHEK Clinic is a private medical facility based in Lancashire.
It provides health, injury and pain rehabilitation services
to clients who have found little or no relief from their
health problems either through the NHS or from private or
alternative health services. Gavin Jennings, founder of CHEK
Clinic and CEO of CHEK Institute, asserts that the clinic’s unique
and committed approach enables it to make a measurable
difference to patients who have often been written off as
“medical failures”.
Our healthcare system is under massive pressure from underfunding, a population
that is growing more sedentary year on year, increasing obesity, a lack of basic
human movement skills and increasing mental health issues, which are now
affecting our communities and businesses. Our organisation addresses these issues
through education and direct health coaching.
CHEK Practitioners globally
CHEK Clinic is part of a larger, global organisation called CHEK Institute, which
operates from offices in California and Eccleston, Lancashire.
Our education company, the CHEK Institute, provides advanced health education
to medical and health professionals. There are currently around 10,000 CHEK
practitioners globally, with the largest numbers in the US, the UK, Denmark,
Sweden, Australia and Canada, with growing numbers in India and the Middle East.
FACTS ABOUT
THE CHEK CLINIC
»CEO of CHEK Institute:
GavinJennings
»Established in 2003
»Based in Eccleston, Lancashire
»Services: Health, injury and
pain rehabilitation services
»No. of employees: 15 full time
and 30 contractors
The CHEK Clinic
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HEALTH & SOCIAL WORK
The work of a CHEK
Practitioner
Our Practitioners undergo five
years of part-time advanced health
education to qualify as Master CHEK
Practitioners, followed by an additional
two years if they wish to become
instructors. However, all students can
practise as Level 1 CHEK Practitioners
on completion of the first year.
CHEK Practitioners follow a
structured approach to health and
wellbeing, starting with individualised
assessments and evaluations of
our patients’ lives. Our full body
assessment takes over one hour with
a Level 1 Practitioner and up to five
hours with a Level 5 Practitioner.
This incorporates multidisciplinary
assessments, as well as a system
we created called Primal Pattern
Movement analysis. The British Army
adopted this as their new assessment
in 2019, replacing a 200-year-
old, outdated and dysfunctional
fitnesstest.
Our patients also complete
comprehensive lifestyle and nutritional
evaluations followed by personalised
coaching to reduce areas of stress and
increase overall vitality.
An obsession with quick fixes
We have become a nation obsessed
with quick fixes, quick fitness and
any idea that can take away the
pain by investing as little time and
money as possible. Having owned
and run physiotherapy, osteopathy,
chiropractic and traditional Chinese
medicine clinics, I can say that this is
still the approach taken not only in the
conventional medical arena but also
across the alternative professions.
The problem most businesses like ours
face is a mindset in the general public
that results must be instantaneous,
with the least possible amount of effort
invested by the individual. An example
of this is the growing trend in business
to hold wellness talks on “mindfulness”
or the “work–life balance”. This may
tick the right boxes in HR, but it has
very little impact longterm.
In 2019, we were approached by
Lancashire Constabulary to offer a service
for their chronic injured and officers
approaching retirement. This was a well-
meaning initiative by the Constabulary;
however, with limited funds available,
the only option for us was to provide
workshops and talks rather than
individualsolutions. The Primal Pattern system
taught at 207 Field
Hospital, Manchester
We have
become a
nation
obsessed with
quick fixes,
quick fitness
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Day to day at CHEK Clinic
Around 50 per cent of the clients we
see at our clinic in Lancashire are people
from within a 25-mile radius who are
deemed “medical failures”. They have
suffered from a chronic health issue,
commonly back pain, for many years
without any long-term improvement
from following NHS, private medical or
alternativeapproaches.
We work with these clients over
a three, six or 12-month period,
providing a complete assessment
and coaching system which looks at
all aspects of their health and helps
them to implement changes effectively
overtime.
We also have a teaching clinic where
CHEK practitioners and other health
or medical professionals from the
UK and across Europe can see how
we operate as a clinic. They can also
undergo assessments and coaching
for themselves. Our CHEK Clinic in
southern California is modelled on our
UKoperation.
As a profession without a licence,
our limitations, though we do not
consider them a problem, are that
many GPs, consultants and insurance
companies are unaware of who we
are or what we do. Our unique,
individualised approach means that
we take on fewer patients. As such,
scaling our global business will be
down to how many practitioners we
can train, the number of clinics we
can open and our ability to establish
our profession as a leader in modern
healthcare and facilitate integration
between many different health and
medical professions to encourage
cross-referral – a practice which is still
somewhatrare.
At the time of writing, we are
developing an internal health video
series for business social media
network LinkedIn to highlight areas of
health to its 15,000 global employees.
LinkedIn also uses the CHEK system
currently within the company’s internal
health and wellnessdepartment.
We also have a new education system
in development purely for training staff
as health coaches within workplaces.
A focus on health, not disease
Finally, our country’s healthcare
system is largely based on reactive
medicine, which has made a profound
difference to the lives of tens of
millions in the last century in the
UK. However, we firmly believe that
preventative healthcare, implemented
on a wide scale, will bring about
definitive changes in the lives and
wellbeing of the population and
lessen the burden on the NHS over the
nextdecade.
Health, not disease, must become the
focus, delivered by connecting our
NHS and private medical services with
organisations such as ours who are
focused on improving every aspect of a
patient’s health and wellbeing.
Our country’s
healthcare
system is
largely based
on reactive
medicine
The work of a CHEK
Practitioner educating
on food choices

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This article was sponsored by The CHEK Clinic. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development