In a collaborative effort to enhance the care for individuals diagnosed with heart failure, the NHSE Nursing Directorate has partnered with the British Society for Heart Failure (BSH). Since June last year, various task and finish groups have been diligently working towards this goal, and the project is now in its concluding phase.
Heart failure, often the endpoint of numerous cardiovascular diseases, affects an estimated 1 million people in the UK, with 200,000 new diagnoses annually. Shockingly, approximately 400,000 cases remain undetected. Tragically, 30% of patients diagnosed with heart failure succumb within a year of diagnosis, with 80% of initial diagnoses occurring during emergency hospital admissions despite prior symptoms reported to general practitioners.
To combat these alarming statistics, the British Society for Heart Failure spearheads the 25 in 25 initiative, backed by over 54 national and international healthcare organisations. This ambitious Quality Improvement program aims to save 10,000 lives annually by reducing deaths due to heart failure by 25% within the next 25 years.
Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are pivotal in improving heart failure outcomes. General Practice Nurses (GPNs) play a crucial role in identifying and supporting patients with heart failure. To better understand the experiences of GPNs in this realm, we urge GPNs to participate in a short survey. Your insights will contribute to the ongoing efforts to enhance heart failure care.
The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Your contribution is invaluable in shaping the future of heart failure management.
Please note that the survey will remain open until 09:00 am on Monday, February 26, 2024.