The AHSN Network, working in partnership with the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) and NICE has published a clinically approved pathway to support secondary care clinicians to optimise lipid management following an acute cardiovascular event.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of premature death and disability due to the consequences of stroke, heart attack (myocardial infarction), and heart failure. The pathway provides clear and unified guidance for clinicians on how optimal lipid management may be achieved, to reduce the risk of further cardiovascular events.
The Lipid management pathways for primary care and secondary care clinicians includes additional medications to use alongside statins, including novel LDL-cholesterol lowering therapies such as the PCSK9i drugs and Inclisiran. These new cholesterol-lowering drugs are important additional tools for managing cardiovascular disease.
A supplementary pathway has also been published to give clearer guidance on lipid optimisation following an acute cardiovascular event for healthcare professionals working within secondary care.
Professor Nick Linker, National Clinical Director for Heart Disease at NHS England and NHS Improvement said: “The ‘Lipid optimisation pathway following an acute cardiovascular event’ provides a clear and simple guide for clinicians to ensure optimal lipid management is achieved for patients. The pathway enables healthcare professionals to implement best practice principles in line with NICE guidance and further supports the prevention of secondary cardiovascular events.”
The AHSN Network supports the NHS in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease through its National Lipid Management and Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) programme of work, which is delivered in partnership with the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC).
Clinical Lead of ChatHealth, Laura Burrowes, joined the Digital Health Transformation Service at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s (LPT) in April 2022, following a career as a school nurse, where she was the lead practitioner for the confidential text messaging service for the school nursing service in Manchester. Nationally, the award-winning text messaging service has [...]
Dr Cheryl Crocker, AHSN Network Patient Safety Director, discusses how Patient Safety Collaboratives (hosted by the AHSN Network) are supporting ICSs and ICBs in preparations to implement the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework. NHS England published the new Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) in August 2022 outlining how NHS organisations should respond to [...]
A blog from Dr Cheryl Crocker, AHSN Network Patient Safety Director, describing how Patient Safety Collaboratives (hosted by the AHSN Network) are supporting people to manage their long-term pain and reduce the harmful effects of opioid medication. Opioids are highly effective medications and, when used judiciously for a time-limited period, can greatly benefit many [...]