Cardiac Rehabilitation Innovation Exchange

Cardiac Rehabilitation Innovation Exchange

The Long Term Plan set an ambition that by 2028 the proportion of patients accessing cardiac rehabilitation will be amongst the best in Europe, with up to 85% of those eligible accessing care. A targeted fund of £7m will support local systems to work towards that ambition. In collaboration with the Cardiac Pathways Improvement Programme and the Midlands Cardiac Rehabilitation Network, the East and West Midlands AHSNs will hold a virtual Innovation Exchange event on 23 June 2022.

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Overview

The Long Term Plan set an ambition that by 2028 the proportion of patients accessing cardiac rehabilitation will be amongst the best in Europe, with up to 85% of those eligible accessing care.  A targeted fund of £7m will support local systems to work towards that ambition.

In collaboration with the Cardiac Pathways Improvement Programme and the Midlands Cardiac Rehabilitation Network, the East and West Midlands AHSNs will hold a virtual Innovation Exchange event on 23 June 2022. 

The event will bring together a multi professional audience and present innovative products and services with the potential to contribute to the ambition described above. 

Needs definition

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the second highest cause of premature death, after cancer, in England, affecting 7 million people. 1 in 4 premature deaths is caused by CVD, and 1.6 million disability adjusted life years can be attributed to CVD.  

Access to and uptake of Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) services varies across England, and only 60,877 patients (50%) of the 122,277 eligible patients in 2017/18 took up offers of cardiac rehabilitation. This falls well below other European countries such as Belgium (78%), and Germany (60%).

Challenge Statements

We are inviting suppliers to apply to showcase their products and/or services at our virtual event on 23 June.

Innovations/solutions will be considered for inclusion providing they have the potential to address one or more of the challenges described below:

  1. Inequality of access due to service provision, location and eligibility criteria
  2. Shortages of staff skilled to deliver CR classes due to recruitment and retention issues are creating long waiting lists and patient anxiety about how to manage their condition
  3. Lack of and/or long waiting times to access specialist services that create a more holistic model of care e.g., IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), dietitians and clinics to complement care/engagement.
  4. Poor engagement and retention of patients in CR classes including in classes offering multiple modes of delivery
  5. Poor engagement with under-represented and hard-to-reach groups
  6. Various barriers to engagement including patients with co-morbidities, limited or no digital literacy and language barriers
  7. Both face-to-face and digital modes of delivery have poor access to translation services
  8. Flexibility to accommodate patient choice - hybrid service models supporting face to face and digital services
  9. Lack of options for gym-based exercises for people who either avoid exercise or have had poor experiences in the past
  10. Restricted access to CR professionals/classes after the programme ends e.g. to establish a level of recovery to increase/return to exercise routine

How to get involved/next steps

If you are a supplier and feel that you have an innovation/ solution that can support the challenges identified above, please submit an expression of interest here

The closing date for expressions of interest is 7 June 2022.

Successful suppliers will be invited to present their solutions to key stakeholders at our virtual event on Thursday 23 June 2022, 10am – 12noon. Please hold this date in your diaries with the view to being successful. We will notify you if successful or otherwise.

If you’re interested in attending this event and hearing more about transformative solutions in this space, you can register to attend here.

For any questions about this event, please email Michael Ellis, Senior Improvement Lead – Innovation & Improvement Projects, at michael.ellis@nottingham.ac.uk