NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group and Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust have been awarded funding of £30,000 for a joint bid to deliver a ‘Q Exchange’ Quality Improvement project around cardiac care which includes a focus on re-imagining the cardiac rehabilitation pathway to enable flow, increase uptake and influence behavioural change.

The project will explore the obstacles and re-imagine the pathway to increase uptake. A British Heart Foundation report found that an increase of just 15% could lead to some 20,000 fewer deaths and around 50,000 fewer hospital admissions over 10 years in England.

Describing the challenge the project is going to address, the team said: “Circulatory diseases cause nearly a quarter of early deaths and 90% of people with coronary heart disease have additional conditions or co-morbidities. Demand is growing, yet the traditional outpatient model is unsustainable and often doesn’t meet need. We propose taking a co-production approach to designing a solution to the outpatient challenge, with a focus on Cardiac Rehab.

“People recovering from a heart or circulatory event should be offered support to help them live healthier lives, to protect against further harmful events. Such services reduce hospital re-admissions and deliver better outcomes. We propose a project that brings together patients and clinicians to re-imagine the pathway to enable flow, increase uptake and influence behavioural change.”

Q community members voted to decide which Q Exchange shortlisted projects will receive funding.