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New nurse specialist posts to care for cardiovascular disease in the community

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NHS Westminster in London is to create nine new cardiac nurse specialist posts as part of plans to shift care of patients with cardiovascular disease into the community

The new community cardiac team – due to be up and running by April – will offer a rapid access ‘one stop shop’ approach to CVD patients.

Outlining the new service, Dr Adrian Brown, consultant in public health, told Nursing Times it would be ‘consultant led but nurse delivered’ It will provide community-based diagnostic and outpatient services, with a view to developing patient clinical management plans.

Around 90% of the trust’s CVD activity currently delivered in hospital outpatients will be moved to the new service, which will concentrate on four cardiac care pathways – atrial fibrillation and arrhythmia, heart failure, stable angina and complex hypertension.

The service will comprise a community ‘hub’ and three ‘spoke’ venues, which will be located in areas with the highest levels of need and health inequalities. It will be delivered by a partnership between Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Central West London Community Services.

The community cardiac team will form part of Healthy Hearts and Minds Westminster – a wider community-based CVD prevention programme in the Westminster area, launched last week by health minister Lord Darzi.

He said: ‘This strategy from NHS Westminster sets a gold standard for the prevention of heart disease and stroke, which kill 170,000 people every year and affect the lives of more than four million people.’

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