London Cardiovascular Project
Background and rationale
The London Cardiovascular Project aims to improve treatment, care and outcomes for all patients with cardiovascular disease in the capital. The project has three main areas of focus: Cardiac surgery, Cardiology, and Vascular services.
A recent review looked at how to improve complex and emergency cardiovascular services in the capital. The project was split into three workstreams: vascular surgery, cardiac surgery and cardiology. Each area had an associated clinical lead and a clinical expert panel that advised the project and developed the project proposals. The project was also informed by a patient panel.
The model of care was developed following a comprehensive assessment of how services are currently provided in the capital, a robust review of clinical evidence and a review of national and international best practice.
The project recommendations have now been handed over to commissioners for implementation. The Pan-London Cardiac Networks will develop many of the products and deliverables, which will be adapted and implemented locally. The networks will work closely with their respective sectors to ensure that changes are reflected and actualised in the contract for 2011/12.
Cardiovascular disease has a huge impact on the UK, with more than four million patients affected, costing the country around £30 billion annually.