LAUNCHES QI: Linking AUdit and National datasets in Congenital HEart Services for Quality Improvement

This project will describe patient trajectories through secondary and tertiary care from birth to adulthood; identify metrics for driving quality improvement and informing commissioning; and explore variation across services to identify priorities.

Enhanced medicines use reviews to improve the detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation

London
Run by Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with local community pharmacists, the Atrial Fibrillation Association and the cardiology clinical lead for Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group. A pharmacy project working across primary/tertiary care interfaces. A...

Patient and family/carer experience in the emergency department

South east England
Run by West Middlesex University Hospital, this project focused specifically on the experiences of patients and family members attending A&E with chest pain. The project team found that staff engagement, through events and training, was key to the success of this project.

Heart failure admission prevention

Midlands
Led by University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, this project aimed to reduce demand for inpatient beds for heart failure patients, while also maintaining and improving quality of care and clinical effectiveness.  The team set up a heart failure day clinic to provide specialist clinic...

Activate Your Heart - supporting individuals with coronary heart disease

Midlands
Led by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, this project aimed to improve access and choice in cardiac rehabilitation and enable patients who would not otherwise be able to join a rehabilitation programme to do so. The project developed an online cardiac rehabilitation programme, offering...

Text-based management of hypertension

Midlands
Led by NHS Stoke on Trent, this project aimed to support patients with chronic kidney disease or hypertension to manage their own condition, to reduce referrals to the renal service and unplanned hospital admissions. The team developed an interactive SMS texting service to motivate and support pa...

Implementation of a virtual cardiology clinic

Wales
Led by Betsi Cadwaladar University Health Board, this project aimed to support demand management and enhance speed and quality of care for new cardiology patient referrals as part of an integrated modern outpatient service. The project team introduced a flexible 'virtual clinic' involving nurse-l...

Improving the quality of cardiovascular care by ambulance services

Midlands
Led by East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, in collaboration with the University of Lincoln, and working across all Ambulance trusts in England, this project aimed to improve services for people with heart attack and stroke by improving the reliability of care delivered by ambulance clinici...

Abdominal aortic aneurysm, improving outcomes for patients

Carried out by the Audit and Research Committee of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland in partnership with the Circulation Foundation, the Vascular Anaesthetic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and the British Society of Interventional Radiology, this project aimed to reduce mor...