Learn more about the South London Cardiac and Stroke Network is improving cardiac care in the regions.

'Heart disease is still the single biggest cause of death in London.'

--Healthcare for London


The Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) Collaborative was started as a national NHS funded programme designed to make improvements in the way CHD services are delivered to patients.

This evolved into the Heart Improvement Programme in 2005. Together with the Department of Health Heart Team, the organisations published Establishing and Developing Cardiac Networks, which offered guidance on and objectives for network development.

Funding was then devolved to the emerging 32 cardiac networks, all of which focus on redesigning the system of care delivery, in line with the National Service Framework (NSF) for CHD. This framework, published in 2000, provided the blueprint and strategy to modernise CHD services over the next 10 years.

Role of cardiac networks

Since then, networks in the NHS have served to connect patients, clinicians, carers, commissioners and others from organisations across primary, secondary and tertiary care in order to rapidly improve services for patients.

They can standardise quality assurance, audit and benchmarking as well as martial and organise resources for workforce development, service improvement, research and development.

Bringing key players together in a network can also improve the quality of local commissioning. Networks can become powerful advocates of where best to place resources to maximise the benefits for the patients that they serve.

Role of the SLCSN

Thus, the SLCSN creates an extended network across South London organisations along the entire patient pathway from prevention to rehabilitation, to help develop consistent, efficient high quality cardiac and stroke care for all patients in the region.

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London Cardiovascular Project

SEPHO national CVD profiles

National Service Framework for CHD

'March 2010 does not mark the end of the CHD NSF's implementation. Much of what is in the NSF is as relevant now as it was nine years ago, and much of it will still be relevant in 10 years time. But, ten years on from publication, it is time to take stock.'

hands in the shape of a heart