Thanks to the fantastic dedication and support from partners across the sub-region it has been another successful year tackling high blood pressure (BP) throughout Cheshire & Merseyside, thank you!
High BP remains a national and local priority. Nationally, high BP and CVD prevention feature in the new NHS Long Term Plan and the CVD System Leadership Forum (CVD SLF) plans to launch a set of CVD prevention ambitions in February 2019 (including for high BP detection and management).
With nearly 650,000 people thought to be affected locally, and many thousands of those affected either not identified or adequately controlled, high BP is established as one of the C&M Health and Care Partnership Prevention priorities so we can improve care, health outcomes and system sustainability.
High blood pressure, a key risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and other CVD complications, remains an important issue across Cheshire and Merseyside. Around 90% of high BP is preventable, but despite this high BP is very common and of those affected by high BP, more than 260,000 are thought to be undiagnosed, and of BP patients known to the health service there is scope to improve care and control.
This year’s annual report takes on a new format, guiding you online through our 2018 journey. The sections take you through a summary of progress with key strategic work-streams (‘2018: A Productive Year’), then gives an overview of the impact on outcomes so far (‘Demonstrating impact’).
The Cheshire and Merseyside Partnership (CHAMPS) Public Health Collaborative has just publiished its Blood Pressure annual report, outlining progress and key achievements during the last 12 months. You can read the report here.