About the project
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of premature morbidity and mortality in England. The global burden of disease study identified high blood pressure and high cholesterol as leading modifiable risk factors that drive mortality and morbidity from CVD.
Treatment of high blood pressure and high cholesterol substantially lower the risk of CVD. Despite this both hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia are underdiagnosed and undertreated. Around 30% of people with hypertension are unaware of their condition. Pre-pandemic Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) data showed that around one third of people with diagnosed hypertension are not treated to QOF target and that there is substantial variation across the region.
Around 50% of people with established CVD also have hypertension. All men over the age of 55 with hypertension and women over the age of 60 with hypertension who do not have CVD are nevertheless at high risk (with a QRISK score above 10%). These individuals should be offered treatment with lipid lowering therapy, but large numbers are either on no treatment or suboptimal treatment.
The WMAHSN CVD Prevention & Management team will support Primary Care Networks (PCNs) to implement the UCL Partners Proactive Care Framework for hypertension, enabling optimised clinical care and self-management of people with hypertension. This will be achieved through:
- Risk stratification to prioritise which patients to see first
- Use of the wider workforce to support remote care and self-care
- Supporting systems to adapt the framework pathways for local implementation
- Supporting patients to maximise the benefits of remote monitoring and virtual consultations where appropriate
We will also support PCNs to increase detection of people with hypertension through case finding interventions (including practice case finding through patient record searches, and models that involve the new hypertension community pharmacy scheme). We will support systems to reduce health inequalities by targeting those populations that fall in the 20% most deprived PCNs and other local priority groups (applying the Core20PLUS5 framework)
The Blood Pressure Optimisation programme supports systems to take a multi-morbidity approach in supporting patients with hypertension. This approach will enable AHSNs to deliver on the objectives of both the NHS England @home programme and AHSN National Lipids and Familial Hypercholesterolaemia programme.
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