Cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes a quarter of all deaths in the UK and is the largest cause of premature mortality in deprived areas. The NHS long term plan identifies this as the biggest area where the NHS can save lives over the next 10 years.

The long term plan sets out some bold milestones for the next 10 years, including:

  • To prevent up to 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases
  • To improve survival from out of hospital cardiac arrest by working with partners to improve community first response and build defibrillator networks
  • To increase the proportion of patients accessing cardiac rehabilitation to up to 85% of those eligible accessing care by 2028(Source: NHS Long Term Plan)

The HSJ National Cardio Forum will bring together the key stakeholders who need to work together to achieve the NHS aims on CVD and cardiac services.

You should attend to

  • Analyse national policy – you will hear the latest updates from national leaders, and, crucially, understand what it means for you in your role
  • Gain innovative solutions to your challenges – you will learn something new, with examples from different areas, their learnings and the pitfalls to avoid
  • Deliver real outcomes – you will leave with the learning and contacts to develop your service for the future, in line with national aims
  • Understand how to activate others – you will discuss who else can support in prevention, care and treatment of CVD and how to involve them most effectively
  • Network with and learn from national leaders, senior managers and clinicians – you will be able to share challenges and ideas in small group settings that encourage full engagement and participation.


Key Themes for 2021

Analysis and projections of the long term plan and what they mean locally

Collaborative and sustainable approaches to prevention, early detection and treatment

Increasing access to and uptake of cardiac rehabilitation

The role of digital and technology in patient engagement

Addressing multimorbidity in an aging population

Reducing inequality and variation in access to diagnosis and treatment

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