Westminster Health Forum

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Cardiovascular disease in England - next steps for prevention, innovation and delivery of care

March 2020

This conference focuses on the next steps for improving cardiovascular disease outcomes in England.

Areas for discussion include:

  • prevention,
  • innovation in treatment and management, and
  • improving the delivery of care.

There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Dr Shahed Ahmad, National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, NHS England and NHS Improvement and Medical Director, System Improvement and Professional Standards, NHS England and NHS Improvement South East Region.
  • Dr Nick Linker, National Clinical Director for Heart Disease, NHS England and NHS Improvement;
  • Katherine Thompson, Head of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Public Health England;
  • Dr Paul Chrisp, Director, Centre for Guidelines, NICE; and
  • Professor James Kingsland, National Primary Care Home Clinical Director, National Association of Primary Care and Executive Chair, Institute of Healthcare Management.

Further confirmed speakers include: Richard Blakey, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network; Dr Paul Clift, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network; Nick Hartshorne-Evans, The Pumping Marvellous Foundation; Dr Rani Khatib, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; Dr Riyaz Patel, Barts Heart Centre; Jane Roxburgh, Abbott; Cathie Sudlow, NHS Lothian and University of Edinburgh and Helen Wilson, Heart Research UK.

Chaired by: James Sunderland MP and Mary Foy MP

Sessions in the agenda will bring out latest thinking and discussion on key issues, including:

  • Research and innovation in diagnosis, treatment, and management of cardiovascular disease, including research funding and strategies for increasing public and patient engagement;
  • Personalised approaches to cardiovascular disease prevention, and the way forward for expanding prevention services into the community;
  • Improving the delivery of care for cardiovascular disease to meet the goals of the Long Term Plan; and
  • The development of multidisciplinary teams and the role of pharmacy in delivering services.

It will be an opportunity to assess developments, including:

The conference takes place with the NHS Long Term Plan Funding Bill going through parliament, which will enshrine in law the multi-year funding settlement for the NHS. The funding will support the Plan’s implementation and improve prevention, detection, treatment, and recovery of major diseases, including heart attacks and strokes.

The agenda

  • Progress towards meeting heart disease prevention and treatment ambitions within the NHS Long Term Plan;
  • Opportunities for the prevention of cardiovascular disease;
  • The role of primary care in cardiovascular disease prevention;
  • Improving the delivery of care - personalisation, integrating services, and developing teams;
  • Prevention, intervention, and impact: the place of NICE guidance, standards, and indicators;
  • Innovation in the treatment and management of heart failure - optimising patient outcomes, public engagement, and ensuring uptake; and
  • Challenges and opportunities for reducing cardiovascular disease mortality and tackling health inequalities

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Health Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers and the NHS. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places from: DHSC; Office for Life Sciences; Department for International Trade and the Office for National Statistics, as well as representatives from NHS England and PHE.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates