West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts project
Cardiovascular disease is the biggest cause of death and disability in England with 1 death every 4 minutes. There is an ambition across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to reduce CVD incidents such as heart attacks and strokes by 1,100 (10%) by 2021, an estimated reduction of 350 strokes and 800 heart attacks.
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts is a three-year initiative that aims to reduce the impact of heart and circulatory disease and focuses on three specific risk factors including hypertension, cholesterol and diabetes.
If you'd like to know more about any aspect of the Healthy Hearts project please email WYHHealthyHearts@yhahsn.com or use the contact form on this website.
We have developed a 30min CVD webinar that briefly introduces the key aims of the project and resources available to clinicians. You can also download the full presentation.
Resources for phase one and two of the project are already available:
Phase one - please click here to access resources
Phase two - please click here to access resources
Resources for community pharmacies
We have developed in collaboration with Yorkshire and Humber PHE a leaflet that can support pharmacists when talking to patients about cardiovascular prevention. There is also a valuable PHE leaflet 'How to keep your heart healthy' that offers tips and advice on how to lead a healthier life from reducing alcohol intake and having a healthier diet to reducing stress levels and sleeping better.
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.
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.