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Hypertension work programme

What is the programme and its aims?
The programme, aligned with Public Health England, aims to improve early diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease with a focus on hypertension 

The network will support clinical commissioning groups to improve the detection and management of hypertension, including publicity campaigns building on learning from pilot campaign in Wakefield

Why is the programme required?
High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects more than 1 in 4 adults, and is the second biggest risk factor for premature death and disability in England.

5 million people in UK have undiagnosed and untreated hypertension and 40 per cent of people with diagnosed hypertension receive suboptimal treatment

There is unwarranted variation in the rates of identification and management of patients with hypertension across the East Midlands.

Who are the partners?

  • Clinical commissioning groups
  • Acute trusts
  • Primary care
  • Public Health England
  • Health and well-being boards
  • Voluntary sector – British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK

How are we making a difference?
We are ensuring that hypertension is considered as a priority for the clinical commissioning groups.

What’s next?

  • A gap analysis questionnaire will sent to all GP practices across East Midlands, which will inform the next steps for an improvement programme for the project group.
  • We will produce infographics for clinical commissioning groups to identify areas for improvement
Who to contact for further information?
For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Senior Quality Improvement Manager

Hypertension Workshop
On Wednesday 16th March 2016, East Midlands Clinical Networks in partnership with Public Health England hosted a workshop on new opportunities to tackle high blood pressure to help inspire and kick-start local action across the East Midlands.

The workshop, entitled ‘No Pressure!’ focused on the opportunities for action on high blood pressure, exploring the gaps and barriers, and what can be done to overcome those barriers through joint action and concerted effort.

We have received some great feedback from the delegates that attended the workshop. Some of these comments are below:

“I really enjoyed the workshop and learnt a lot!”

“I found it extremely interesting and it certainly gave me lots of food for thought!”

You can pdfread a full report of the meeting here.