Heart Diseases: Health Services

Health written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Chris McCafferty Chris McCafferty Labour, Calder Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to (a) GPs, (b) primary care trusts and (c) NHS trusts on cardiac rehabilitation; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The national service framework (NSF) for coronary heart disease (CHD) (March 2000) sets out a ten year framework for action to prevent disease, tackle inequalities, save more lives, and improve the quality of life for people with heart disease. A copy has already been placed in the Library. Chapter Seven of the NSF for CHD issued appropriate guidance to the national health service regarding the provision of cardiac rehabilitation services. Implementation of this guidance is a matter for the local NHS, working in partnership with stakeholders and the local community. It is for NHS organisations to plan and develop services based on their specific local knowledge and expertise.

The Department has worked with NHS Improvement and the Cardiac Networks on a number of national priority projects on cardiac rehabilitation. Guidance has been published on risk assessment, pathway improvement and sharing good practice. This is available at:


The Department's Strategic Commissioning Development Unit is leading work to develop a commissioning pack for cardiac rehabilitation. This is for use by primary care trusts to enable them to commission quality services and encourage providers to deliver healthcare services more productively. This will support commissioners to manage the delivery of cardiac rehabilitation services more effectively. The pack will be available in summer 2010.

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