West Yorkshire Harrogate Healthy Hearts

On this page healthcare professionals will find information that will help them support and deliver the project. This page will be updated regularly.

Please contact a member of the Healthy Hearts team if there is anything you'd like to see or share with colleagues on this page.

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The Size of the Prize

CVD is the second biggest cause of death in England with 200 people dying each day from a heart attack or a stroke, and over 1200 admissions to accident and emergency because of heart problems and 290 as a result of cerebrovascular problems.


Phase One - tackling hypertension in West Yorkshire and Harrogate 

In Phase One of the Healthy Hearts project, we are helping local GPs to identify patients already registered with them who have undiagnosed high blood pressure (hypertension), which can often be an indicator of cardiovascular disease. We are aiming to increase the detection of 18,000 more people with undiagnosed hypertension across the region. 

By equipping local GPs with new coding, which allows them to search their patient databases more effectively, along with the latest advice and guidance on the most effective treatments, we will be able to reduce the number of local people suffering from heart attacks and strokes.

We are also aiming to support 40,000 more patients across West Yorkshire and Harrogate who have already been diagnosed with hypertension who will benefit from simple improvements to their existing medication.

We believe that phase one alone will prevent 285 heart attacks and 421 strokes across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, saving the local NHS more than £8m.

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of the Healthy Hearts project please email or use the contact form on this website.   

Phase One - what we have achieved to date

Since its official launch in April, the Healthy Hearts project has seen more than 4,500 additional patients added to hypertension registers and more than 3,500 patients having their blood pressure controlled to below 140/90.

Because of this, over the next 5 years, an estimated 28 people will avoid an early death, 52 people will not have a stroke and 35 people will not have a heart attack. This will improve further now we have more people on hypertension registers and under review. 

A huge thank you to all the practices that have supported phase one of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts project. It is thanks to everyone’s hard work and contribution that we have achieved these results.

Phase One - what people are saying

Here's some of the feedback we've had from local health care professionals since we launched phase one at the start of April 2019:

  • 'Lots of useful info on the website. We can pick and choose what we really need.'
  • 'Really like the simplicity and it's so good to have something that's been created locally.'
  • 'These targeted searches will help us find patients a lot easier, especially when we're all really busy.'
  • 'A good, clear protocol, nice and simple, which is really important.'  
  • 'The advice on lifestyle and behavior change, on the Healthy Hearts website, will be really helpful for staff at our practice.' 
  • 'As a GP, the searches are going to make my working day easier.'  

Phase One - supporting resources for Primary Care

Below you will find a list of resources designed to help those working within Primary Care in West Yorkshire and Harrogate who are implementing phase one of the Healthy Hearts Programme.

  • Hypertension Treatment Guidance: contains detailed information for GPs in the area who are treating patients, under the age of 80, who have uncomplicated hypertension
  • Hypertension clinical searches: contains a summary of the three Healthy Hearts searches and a treatment guidance flowchart
  • Hypertension Implementation Resource: contains detailed advice and guidance, for those working within Primary Care in the area, on implementing phase one of the Healthy Hearts Programme
  • Hypertension Guidance background document
  • A guide on how to import searches and templates
  • A seven day blood pressure diary: a simple BP diary that GPs can print off for patients during consultations - a version with space to measure over a longer period is also available to download 
  • Healthy living leaflet: a handy guide for patients on how to live a 'heart-healthy' life, which GPs can print off for patients during consultations
  • Prescribing Movement: A short, but good quality conversation at the end of a consultation can be very effective in changing people’s levels of physical activity. This toolkit gives you everything you need for a 1 minute, 5 minute and even more minute conversation, complete with step-by-step guides, behavioural change insights and all the evidence to back it up. 
  • Healthy Hearts leaflet about blood pressure, what it is, how to prevent it, what can cause it
  • An NHS drinks diary: to help patients monitor how much they drink in an average week 
  • Me&My Medline Charter: a campaign led by patients and supported by clinical staff to help people raise concerns and use their medicines better
  • New Medicine Service (NMS) flyer
  • New Medicine Service (NMS) patient letter
  • Medicine Use Review (MUR) flyer
  • Medicine Use Review (MUR) patient letter    
  • GP referral letter BP (MUR) patient letter
  • GP referral letter BP (NMS)  patient letter

Making Every Contact Count 

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to healthcare that encourages health and social care professionals to use their routine interactions with patients to have brief conversations about how they might make positive improvements to their health and wellbeing. 

Evidence suggests that adaptation of MECC approaches in health and care could have significant, positive impacts on patients health. There's a suite of resources available to support the implementation of MECC in your organisation, including an implementation guide and a training quality checklist.


MECC Link - Simple Signposting to Better Health and Wellbeing 

MECC Link is a simple, flexible Very Brief Intervention (VBI) and signposting tool that has been carefully designed to support Making Every Contact Count. MECC Link will help health care professionals raise awareness, motivate and signpost patients to appropriate services, helping them to maintain and improve their own health and wellbeing. At the touch of a button you can access information on self care services and national and local support services.          

To see listings for West Yorkshire and Harrogate click here.     

Quick Links

Here's some handy quick links to help you, help your patients, make the changes needed to lead a heart healthy life. And remember, there's a lot more advice, guidance and links to useful resources on our lifestyle page.    


  • MECC Link: simple signposting to better health and wellbeing
  • NHS Choices Health Apps Library: listings for safe, tested apps that will help your patients monitor and manage their own health
  • ORCHA: a company that works with healthcare providers and specialises in health app evaluation and their database has links to thousands of health apps, which can be searched either by category or keyword     


Your local stop smoking service can be found here


Your local alcohol addiction services can be found here.

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