Leicester activates heart care

Staff and patients united to launch a unique cardiac rehabilitation programme at Leicester General Hospital this month.

Ten years in development, the online ‘Activate Your Heart’ programme helps patients take control of their rehab.

‘It increases access to specialist care,’ says CSP member Professor Sally Singh, head of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, who led the project.

The self-management scheme includes educational videos, a discussion forum and an ‘Ask the expert’ facility. Interactive sections encourage users to set their own goals and record their progress.

Cardiac rehab specialists and commissioners at the launch heard about the research behind the online programme and its role in commissioning. Patients who had helped develop Activate Your Heart added their perspective on using it.

Currently available only in Leicestershire, Activate Your Heart is at: www.activateyourheart.org.uk

Find out more in a forthcoming issue of Frontline.


Janet Wright

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