Cardiovascular disease places a major burden on individuals and society. It accounts for almost a quarter of all premature deaths and is a key driver of health inequalities, accounting for a quarter of the life expectancy gap between rich and poor. CVD is also largely preventable. Primary prevention through population measures and modification of lifestyle risk factors is essential and will have the greatest long-term benefit. However, there is also substantial benefit to be gained by improving detection and management of the high-risk conditions for CVD. Treatment of these conditions is highly effective at preventing heart attack, stroke and dementia.
The NHS Long Term Plan has identified CVD prevention as a national clinical priority, with the potential to prevent 150,000 strokes, heart attacks and cases of dementia over the next ten years by improving the detection and management of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation.
Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) provide an organisational model through which multiple professionals, clinicians, organisations and patients/carers and their representatives will come together to improve patient outcomes and benefit population health across a range of boundaries.
The Thames Valley (TV) SCNs are currently working on a programme of work to support CCG leads and primary care networks to deliver improvements by implementing the relevant NHS Long Term Plan commitments in a phased way.
CVD SCN LTC/CVD Clinical Lead, Dr. Raj Thakkar
CVD SCN Stroke Clinical Lead, Dr. Matthew Burn
Senior Clinical Network Manager, Julia Coles
Business Support Officer, Nqobile Tsabedze