Phase One - tackling hypertension
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 help 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 expect to be able to reduce the number of local people suffering from heart attacks and strokes. We also aim to support 40,000 more patients across West Yorkshire and Harrogate already 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.
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 project.
- PSNC briefing for hypertension service: the PSNC Briefing provides information for general practice teams on the new Community Pharmacy Hypertension Case-Finding Advanced Service, which pharmacies could start to provide from 1st October 2021
- 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
- Where on the system you can find the hypertension searches
- Guide on how to import searches and templates
- UCLPartners searches developed by UCLPartners clinical team working with the Clinical Effectiveness Group based at Queen Mary University of London.
Phase One - what we have achieved to date
Since Jan 2019, the Healthy Hearts project has seen 6,700 additional patients added to hypertension registers and nearly 22,000 patients having their blood pressure controlled to below 140/90.
A huge thank you to all the practices that are supporting 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 - resources that Primary Care can use for patients
Here we have included some support resources that you can give to patients when needed:
Blood Pressure UK has created a Blood Pressure leaflet in 33 languages including details on what high blood pressure is, how to lower it, how to measure it at home.
- 'How to measure your blood pressure at home' leaflet: a simple BP diary that GPs can print off for patients during consultations that explains how to measure your blood pressure at home and include a seven-day diary.
- A blood pressure leaflet for patients who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure to help answer their questions.
- 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.
- 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.
- New Medicine Service (NMS) flyer
- New Medicine Service (NMS): to refer patients to their local community pharmacy service patient letter
- GP referral letter BP (NMS) patient letter