This study has two separate components. Firstly, to standardise the care pathway for patients with cardiac problems. The study created a standard data entry for common cardiac conditions in the GP electronic patient record, so that GPs can easily generate a standard referral letter to consultants. It created a similar facility in the hospital record system so that consultants can create a standardised letter reporting their finding back to the GP.
Secondly, we developed a standard risk report that was generated from the patient electronic health record after an NHS Health Check. The report visually described cardiovascular risks and the patients own risk factors such as blood pressure or smoking status so the health care assistant or nurse has a structure around which to build their advice and the patient has something meaningful to take away with them.
Dr John Robson, Clinical Effectiveness Group, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Blizard Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary , University of London. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Report to be produced 2018