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%), an estimated reduction of 350 strokes and 800 heart attacks.
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts is a three-year initiative that aims to contribute to the reduction of the impact of heart and circulatory disease and focuses on three specific risk factors including hypertension, cholesterol and diabetes.
If you would like to know more about any aspect of the WYH Healthy Hearts project please email WYHHealthyHearts@yhahsn.com or use the contact form on this website.
Atrial Fibrillation - resources available to download
ATRIAL FIBRILLATION TOOLKIT: This toolkit provides methodologies, resources and support for commissioners and clinicians working to reduce AF related strokes.
As part of our commitment to support healthcare professionals to continue the great work with detecting and protecting patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), we have produced explicit AF resources to be used and shared amongst colleagues.
- Covid-19 - Latest guidance on switching from warfarin to DOACs available to download now
- AF Screening Tools – Instructions for importing and activating search templates to help with trigger potential patients with AF, which can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Guide to the management of AF – A pathway for detection and stroke consideration including anticoagulation supported by Dr Mathew Fay (Clinical Chief Executive - Affinity Care. Trustee - AF Association).
- Top Tips for Clinicians with DOAC top tips – helpful tips on DOAC prescribing in AF and DVT/PE by Dr Youssef Beaini (CVD Lead) with dosing advice.
- Introduction to AliveCor – Document to help you when using the Kardia AliveCor with step by step guidance, handy tips and recommended actions.
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. Please click on the image 'CVD Information for Community Pharmacy' to open the document.
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. Please click on the image of the leaflet to open it.
Connect with pharmacy
Connect with Pharmacy ensures that patients are supported to get the most from their medicines and remain in a better state of health through formal contact with their community pharmacist.
The following trusts in the West Yorkshire region have adopted a Connect with Pharmacy pathway:
- Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
- Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
- Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
- Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
- Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Connect with Pharmacy will be available at The Mid Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust from May 2020.
Resources for communities to help prevent CVD
This NHS guide provides some useful information about how communities can support people to have a better understanding of their risk of developing cardiovascular disease and what they can do to prevent it. Download the guide here.
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.
New online training module for NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
The 30 minute e-module is aimed at GPs, practice nurses and other practice staff. The content covers what Non-Diabetic Hyperglycaemia (NDH) is, what the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is; how it works and who is eligible. There are also some basics on motivational interviewing. The aim is to provide healthcare professionals with the tools and information they need to make quality referrals into the programme.
The course is free and CPD-accredited. It can be accessed by creating a free account on the RCGP Learning site.
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 Healthier Lives 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.