RESULTS

 

Phase Two - tackling cholesterol management

Phase two of the West Yorkshire Healthy Hearts project focuses on optimising cholesterol management in patients who are on a low-intensity statin, and initiating treatment in patients with a CVD risk >10 who are currently not on a statin (or those that have had the offer of a statin previously and may now benefit). High cholesterol is one of the most significant risk factors for CVD.

We aim to provide support resources for Primary Care professionals to help minimise workload, whilst at the same time improve the outcomes for patients.  To support practices, we have created several useful resources that we hope will support GPs when carrying out this work. This includes clinical searches, agreed local treatment guidance and information which can be used when communicating with patients.

The estimated adult population across West Yorkshire and Harrogate with a 10-year CVD risk > 20% is 175,000, and of those 89,250 aren’t treated with a statin. If this project identified and treated 10%, 9,000 people would receive treatment and an estimated 225 to 400 CVD events would be prevented over the next 5 years.

Phase Two – 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 project.

 

 

 

   - Clinical searches: to help practices identify patients         suitable for statin switches and initiation of a statin.

  - Supporting clinical information:       useful information for GPs who are treating patients   with CVD and risks of CVD.

- Statin intolerance: useful advice about statin intolerance and actions to address it.

 

 

 

 

  • UCLPartners clinical resources:
 
 

1. CDV Resources

 

Phase Two - resources that Primary Care can use for patients

Here you will find patient letters and two frequently asked questions documents to support practices when contacting patients.

  • Offer statin QRISK 10%-20% - never had a statin before - patient letter

  • Offer statin QRISK 10%-20% - previously had statin - patient letter

  • Offer statin QRISK 20% - never had a statin before - patient letter

  • Offer statin QRISK 20% - previously had statin - patient letter

  • Statin switch (directly included in the next prescription) - primary prevention - patient letter

  • Statin switch (directly included in the next prescription) - secondary prevention - patient letter

  • Statin switch (further discussion needed before issuing prescription) - patient letter

  • New statin medication prescription - frequently asked questions to help answer any questions or concerns patients might have.

  • Change of statin medication - frequently asked questions to help address any questions or concerns patients might have. 

  • How to guide - templates and patient letters

  • Easy Read - never had statin before - patient letter

  • Easy Read - previously had a statin - patient letter

  • Easy Read - new statin medication prescription - frequently asked questions

  • Easy Read - change of statin medication - frequently asked questions

  • Moving Medicine: 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 

  • Find out other useful information about managing cholesterol developed by Heart UK for Cholesterol Now 

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