Year published: 2019
This briefing highlights the commitments in the Long Term Plan for cardiovascular health.
Key messages from the CSP and ACPICR on local implementation
- Local rehabilitation systems needs to be considered as a whole – adopting a symptoms and needs based approach to service and pathway design. Community teams must be part of an expanded cardiovascular rehabilitation service
- Cardiac rehabilitation is similar to other rehabilitation – such as pulmonary – and could be brought more together in service design and delivery.
- A cardiovascular rehabilitation team needs to be embedded as part of the overall rehab system
- Their role includes comprehensive assessment and individual treatment planning to be delivered in the most appropriate setting for the patient.
- Treatment plans should direct patients to the most appropriate rehab support for them, delivered by multi-disciplinary community rehab teams drawing on both clinical and non-clinical skills and utilising community assets as appropriate.
- Ongoing rehabilitation in the community needs to be continuous, with no gaps
- Smooth and timely referral to rehabilitation services is essential, supported by Early Supported Discharge services .
Scaling up and improving marketing of cardiac rehabilitation to be amongst the best in Europe will prevent up to 23,000 premature deaths and 50,000 acute admissions over 10 years.