In 2014 HEART UK published ‘Systematically Identifying Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) in Primary Care’. The report showed how NHS Medway CCG more than doubled the number of people diagnosed with FH in the CCG by implementing two simple interventions.
This report was developed by HEART UK following the removal of a number of CVD indicators from the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) after concerns were raised about how data relating to CVD and cholesterol is being collected. The report aims to look at current data collection practices and what barriers exist in utilising data in driving improvements in CVD patient management.
As part of the research undertaken for this report, HEART UK spoke to a series of experts on the importance of rigorous data collection, management and analysis. Freedom of Information (FOI) submissions were sent to CCGs to investigate their data reporting requirements and habits in the absence of QOF, as well as Health Check data management. In addition, HEART UK conducted a survey of GPs to gauge how the QOF changes might impact their practice in relation to cholesterol.
The report covers policy directives and strategies at a national level, the impact and opportunities that come with NHS organisational restructuring, and the ever-growing role of care and health at the community level in delivering long-term health improvement outcomes.
The recommendations within this report are important calls to action for a wide variety of stakeholders, from those working at the highest levels of Government making decisions on NHS strategy, to those managing public health within local authorities.