Cardiovascular disease programme
According to the NHS Long Term Plan, Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the single biggest condition where lives can be saved by the NHS over the next 10 years. Poor cardiovascular health can cause heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, chronic kidney disease, peripheral arterial disease and the onset of vascular dementia. CVD affects around seven million people in the UK and is responsible for one in four deaths in the UK; that’s more than 160,000 deaths each year and includes more than 40,000 people under the age of 75.
CVD is also one of the conditions most strongly associated with health inequalities, with those living in England’s most deprived areas being almost four times more likely to die prematurely of CVD than someone in the least deprived areas.
At KSS AHSN, our cardiovascular disease prevention programme is planned and delivered collaboratively with partners across Kent, Surrey & Sussex. We are working to improve the detection and management of the high-risk conditions atrial fibrillation (AF), high blood pressure and high cholesterol as well as early diagnosis and treatment of familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH).
The national CVD programmes form part of the NHS Long Term Plan, and form a key part of the work that the 15 AHSNs are carrying out across England. Lipids and FH has been part of our work since 2020, and Blood pressure optimisation, since 2022.
KSS AHSN’s work on the national programmes can be found here:
Blood pressure optimisation This project aims to improve the care of patients with known high blood pressure, identify people with undiagnosed high blood pressure, and target those people experiencing health inequalities which leave them susceptible to high blood pressure.
Lipids and Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) This project aims to improve treatment and diagnosis options for patients with high cholesterol, including those with increased genetic susceptibility.
In addition to the National Programme work, we have been undertaking specific projects in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex areas, to tackle local issues around cardiovascular disease (CVD), and pilot a national programme looking at the data around CVD.
Our local programmes in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, are:
CVD Central, offering FREE RESOURCES to providers of blood pressure and pulse checks, supporting them to deliver high quality services. Resources will:
- help identify priority cohorts,
- capture patient experience, and
- enable outcomes to be monitored through clinical templates and searches.
CVD Prevent, sharing the CVDPREVENT audit with providers to enable them to identify opportunities to improve their CVD prevention outcomes.
We have an extensive resources catalogue, including our CVD Prevent pack, and other items to support different aspects of the CVD programmes.