Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s new cardiac rehabilitation service, based at Wycombe Hospital, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Health Service Journal award.

The cardiac rehabilitation programme, a collaboration with Janssen Healthcare Innovation, uses a combination of exercise and education to support patients in making changes to their lifestyles.

Patients who have suffered from a heart attack or heart-related condition are enrolled onto the programme direct from the ward by one of the cardiac rehabilitation nurses. Since its launch in October 2013, the service has seen almost 250 patients complete the programme, with a further 250 currently participating

Since launching the programme, the Trust has seen an increase in patient recruitment in cardiac rehabilitation of over 10%, as well as a reduction in the waiting time for first assessment following a heart attack to 36 days, much lower than the national average of 55 days.

Anne Eden, Trust Chief Executive said: “This collaboration has facilitated an increase in patients actively participating in their rehabilitation, as well as outstanding comments from the patients themselves. I am delighted that the team has received the recognition it deserves.”

The programme has been shortlisted for a HSJ Value in Healthcare Award, in the ‘Improvement in Patient Information Management’ category. The winner will be announced on 23 September 2014.


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