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13th September 2019

Know your numbers week

To mark the start of Know Your Numbers! Week (9-15 September 2019), charity Blood Pressure UK is calling for the ‘missing millions’ i.e. the nearly 6 million1 people living in the UK who have undiagnosed high blood pressure to get tested as part of a nationwide campaign to prevent 230,000 related cardiovascular diseases and save £120m to the NHS and social care system over the next 20 years. Know Your Numbers! Week is the UK’s biggest free blood pressure testing event held at ‘Pressure Stations’ around the country. The campaign encourages people to have their blood pressure measured so they can take the steps needed to maintain a healthy blood pressure and to keep them feeling well.

2nd September 2019

What Good Cardiovascular Disease prevention Looks Like

This publication represents the practical translation of the core guiding principles and features of what a good quality Cardiovascular Disease prevention programme looks like in any defined place. It was developed collaboratively through the synthesis of existing evidence, examples of best practice, practitioners’ experiences and consensus expert opinions. It is intended to serve as a guide and will be iterative with regular reviews and updates when new evidence and insights emerge.

27th August 2019

Increasing take-up of NHS Health Checks

A new NHS Health Check scientific paper has been published on increasing the uptake of NHS Health Checks using invitation letters and SMS. Further details on top tips on increasing take-up of NHS Health Checks can be found on the evidence page of this website.

20th August 2019

BHF Hopes for Hearts Fund launched

On 20 August 2019 the British Heart Foundation launched the Hope for Hearts Fund. The fund offers over £1 million to projects to test and evaluate innovative approaches to delivering better heart failure care and services. Applications close on the 28 November 2019.

19th August 2019

NHS Health Check Review

The NHS Health Check Programme is not being "scrapped". Rather the Governments evidence review is an opportunity to make it even more effective at reaching the 50% of people who do not take up the current offer-and those who would benefit from a more frequent check. Local Government and the NHS will need to work together to make the next generation of health checks the best available in the world.

15th August 2019

CVD 2020 conference

PHE is pleased to announce that the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Conference 2020: proactive, predictive, personalised will be held in London at the Kia Oval on Thursday 6 February 2020. Please submit your abstract for the event by midday Monday 7 October at www.phe-events.org.uk/nhshealthcheck2020

9th July 2019

NHS England’s implementation framework

On the 27 June, NHS England published the Long Term Plan implementation framework and support offer for Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP)/Integrated Care Systems (ICS). These documents set out the key activities that NHS England will fund over the next five years and the actions that NHS England will take to support to achieve the objectives in the LTP. The publications also set out a high level approach and principles that must be addressed in the development of local implementation plans. One dimension of local implementation planning is that STPs/ICSs are expected to set out how they will contribute to the end points – such as preventing 150,000 heart attacks and strokes – set out in the long term plan ambitions. There is also an expectation that plans reflect intentions to prevent (by addressing tobacco, alcohol and obesity) as well as treat ill health. Although the support offer does not set out a specific national action on the NHS Health Check, PHE is working closely with NHS England’s prevention and CVD programmes as the commitment in the LTP to improve the effectiveness of the programme remains. Clearly, the NHS Health Check also provides a fundamental mechanism for achieving the objective of preventing 150,000 Heart Attacks and Strokes and these documents highlight a range of opportunities such as the implementation of a CVD service specification for Primary Care Networks and the CVDPREVENT audit which will be the levers to achieve the LTP prevention and CVD endpoint, national prevention and CVD ambitions and support improvements in the effectiveness of the NHS Health Check.

7th June 2019

World Heart Rythm Week

We are supporting @ArrhythmiaAlliance World Heart Rhythm Week 2019 - help us to raise awareness of arrhythmias (heart rhythm disorders) all around the world by liking and sharing this post ❤️ Find out more >

7th June 2019

National Diabetes Prevention Programme

On the 23 May 2019, the national diabetes prevention programme confirmed that HbA1c POCT tests will no longer be undertaken on individuals referred to the service. This change has been implemented for three reasons a) this data was primarily being used for evaluation purposes and the programme now has a sufficiently large dataset to no longer require it and b) in having completed some evaluation/analysis of the data it shows that results are less accurate compared to lab testing c) removing blood testing will simplify the patient journey. The NDPP programme has confirmed that referrals to the service on the basis of a diagnosis of Non-diabetic hyperglycaemia will still be accepted from referring professionals using POCT. The findings of the evaluation on POCT undertaken by DPP will be published in a scientific paper later this year. In the meantime advice in the NHS Health Check best practice guidance still stands while the CVD prevention team undertakes work to consider whether this advice needs to be amended as part of the updates to the September NHS Health Check Best Practice Guidance. Supporting documents include FAQ, a letter to GP practices and the cessation of point-of-care testing.

7th June 2019

Option to revise previously published quarterly activity data

From April 2019, local authorities can revise their previously published data themselves. This replaces previous protocol where local authorities had to email the national team and ask for amendments to be made. Revisions can only be made when the portal for submission of latest quarterly data is opened. Therefore, revision of 2018-19 Q1, Q2 and or Q3 data can be made between 1 April 2019 and 10 May 2019. Note that data from previous financial years cannot be revised. Notices detailing revisions made by local authorities are published alongside the data.

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