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New nurse-led screening service for West Midlands

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Senior nurses are being sought to help kick-start a groundbreaking new project in the West Midlands which will be the largest of its kind in England.

A team of five nurses – one band 8 and four band 7s – are to be recruited to deliver a region-wide screening service for familial hypercholesterolaemia.

“This is an exciting new programme”

Rob Cramb

Awareness of the inherited condition that produces cholesterol levels that are higher than normal from birth in one in 250 people is poor, noted University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

The West Midlands Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Cascade Screening Service will aim to identify those affected so that specialist personalised care can be provided at an early stage.

Dr Rob Cramb, clinical director for the service, said: “This is an exciting new programme which, when fully operational, will offer significant health benefits to patients and their families across the West Midlands.”

The programme is funded by the British Heart Foundation in partnership with the West Midlands Clinical Commissioning Groups and West Midlands Cardiovascular Specialist Network.

It will be hosted in the new £24m Institute of Translational Medicine at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Team members will travel across the region working with local GPs, hospitals and lipid clinics to develop and deliver the service.

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