Dr Peter Green
CVDPREVENT Workstream 3 Clinical Lead
National Lead for National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network (NCVIN), Public Health England
A new NHS audit is working towards delivering on the NHS Long Term Plan’s strategic ambition to prevent 150,000 strokes, heart attacks and cases of dementia.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is recognised as one of the leading causes of death in the UK, exacerbated by health inequalities. CVDPREVENT, a national audit funded by NHS England & NHS Improvement, is being delivered to contribute to the prevention of 150,000 strokes, heart attacks and cases of dementia over the next decade, as outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.
Maximising the data
Currently in its first year, Workstream 3 of the audit will produce an initial report and interactive dashboards to help GPs and primary care colleagues in England identify priorities for improvement in cardiovascular disease prevention.
The NHS Benchmarking Network are working collaboratively with Public Health England to produce a series of outputs that will identify inequalities in identification and management of CVD high risk conditions and variation between different areas of England.
A patient panel has been recruited by audit partners, The Patients Association, to ensure the voice of those with ‘lived experience’ is embedded throughout the programme.
A unique insight
Holding over 15 million patient records, and over 1 billion data items, this is the first audit of its kind enabling a unique insight into six high risk cardiovascular disease (CVD) conditions all in one place and allowing the impact of patients having multiple conditions to be explored.
To complement the extensive data extract, a patient panel has been recruited by audit partners, The Patients Association, to ensure the voice of those with ‘lived experience’ is embedded throughout the programme.
What is currently available?
The audit will be a leading voice in the fight against preventable cardiovascular disease related deaths. It is one of a number of resources available to primary care, as the prevalence of high-risk conditions increases and health inequalities widen.
Other tools include: STP CVD Prevention packs, published by Public Health England, NHS RightCare CVD packs and National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network (NCVIN) resources.
News and updates from CVDPREVENT Workstream 3 will be shared via #CVDPREVENT throughout the course of the audit.