The British Heart Foundation has launched a membership programme to help raise the standard of care for the seven million people in the UK affected by cardiovascular disease.
The BHF Alliance will support practitioners who work with people affected by, or at the risk of developing, CVD by sharing best practice and developing skills.
Members can include anyone who has a role working with cardiovascular patients in traditional healthcare, public health, social care or voluntary organisations.
The charity said its new programme would provide “opportunities to share best practice and benefit from being in a forum with peers from which they can gain support, mentorship and advice”.
BHF chief executive Simon Gillespie said: “The BHF wants to develop its support for the thousands of practitioners caring for the seven million people in the UK who are experiencing the misery and pain of cardiovascular disease.”
He said: “Joining the new BHF Alliance is the perfect way for healthcare practitioners to network, and develop their skills and knowledge for the continuing benefit of those affected by cardiovascular disease.”
Alliance member Kimberley Brown, a heart failure advanced nurse practitioner, said: “The national networking enables me to share best practices with colleagues.
“This promotes good care but also can be very reassuring from a professional perspective,” she added.
The BHF Alliance was launched last week at the BHF Healthcare Professionals Day at the British Cardiovascular Society conference.
More information on the alliance and an application form is available from the foundation’s website