International Cardiovascular Disease Prevention case studies

The UK has made progress on bringing down the premature death rate associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) in recent years. But CVD still affects around seven million people in the UK, is responsible for one in five premature deaths, and is estimated to cost the healthcare economy £9 billion each year.

To continue to make progress in preventing CVD, we can learn from other nations who have successfully delivered programmes that improve cardiovascular health.

The BHF and Public Health England commissioned NHS public health consultancy group Solutions for Public Health to produce a report identifying successful cardiovascular disease prevention programmes from around the world.

The report, International Cardiovascular Disease Prevention case studies, outlines ten case studies that illustrate approaches that may be applicable and effective within the UK.

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Case Studies

Health Needs Assessment for Children & Young People

SPH carried out a Health Needs Assessment for a local authority that was recommissioning its Healthy Child Programme (HCP). The purpose was to review whether existing provision and service configuration of the HCP was meeting the needs of children and young people) in the county, and to identify gaps and potential options for improvement. The Healthy Child Programme is a preventative programme which includes the Health Visiting and School Nursing Services, the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) Programme and healthy start vouchers and vitamins, linking with childhood immunisation services, community paediatrics, speech and language, services for children with a learning disability and complex needs and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), among others.  

 

The HNA was carried out jointly by NHS Solutions for Public Health and the local authority, with the epidemiological needs assessment and service description provided by the local authority. The report was compiled using a range of publicly available and locally collected epidemiological and service use data). In addition, SPH carried out a consultation of key corporate stakeholders as well as children and young people and their parents and carers. This included semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders in a range of organisations, a survey of a wider range of staff who work with children and young people and a survey of children and young people, their parents and cares which was distributed through the services.   

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