Competency in Health check Assessments (COCHA) Cert

Competency in Health check Assessments (COCHA) Cert

The Certificate Of Competency in Health checks Assessments (COCHA), launched by UCLan’s School of Medicine, is delivered by clinically trained staff to reassure commissioners, GPs and other medical professionals about the ability of participants to deliver health check programmes to the necessary standards.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Five days


School of Medicine

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

Course 1: March 26,27,28 April 2,3 / Course 2: July 2,3,4,9,10

Entry Requirements:

The CPD is open to individuals with qualifications such as gym instructor, personal trainer or those with a lifestyle management qualification. Other cases will be considered on an individual basis.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The five-day COCHA training will develop the following skills:

- Understanding the NHS Health Check
- Professional behaviour
- History taking
- Risk assessment
- Interpreting results
- Measurements using body fluids
- Interpreting results
- Basic clinical skills
- Raising dementia awareness
- Communication with clients (promote behaviour change) and health professionals

Health Check measures will include: BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, CVD risk score, blood glucose, pulmonary function and blood oxygen.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The five days training will be delivered through a mixture of theory and practical sessions.


Assessment will be conducted via practical examination: Direct Observation of Procedural Skill (DOPS) and oral examination will be used to assess the successful completion of all eight assessed components. 

Academic Expertise

Assessment will be conducted via practical examination: Direct Observation of Procedural Skill (DOPS) and oral examination will be used to assess the successful completion of all eight assessed components.

Learning outcome & aims

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  1. Describe the processes involved in the recording, storage and analysis of client’s data, including the role of information governance and the need to obtain client consent to the intervention and to sharing of data.
  2. Elicit a client’s history and communicate this effectively, through written and verbal means.
  3. Demonstrate the required practical skills and critical decision-making process necessary to perform a competent health check and communicate the findings effectively to the client, and where appropriate to other health professionals, through written and verbal means.
  4. Communicate with clients professionally to provide reassurance, support and signposting. Where appropriate communicate using scientific/medical language accurately for lay participants.
  5. Develop and maintain strategies focused on behaviour change, including motivational interviewing techniques to promote client engagement and sustainable outcomes.
  6. Critically analyse and reflect on practical procedures to demonstrate emergence of the professional attitudes and skills.


Industry links & professional accreditation

The COCHA training is designed to sit within the new Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity standards framework and has been endorsed with 10 CPD points.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

How to Apply

Enrolment via the online shop.

Contact Details

Simon Alford - Senior Lecturer in Preventative Medicine, University of Central Lancashire, School of Medicine
Email:, T: 01772 894011

About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400