High blood pressure (BP) remains a national and local priority. Nationally, high BP and CVD prevention feature in the new NHS Long Term Plan and the CVD System Leadership Forum (CVD SLF) launched a set of CVD prevention ambitions in February 2019 (including for high BP detection and management). With nearly 650,000 people thought to be affected locally, and many thousands of those affected either not identified or adequately controlled, high BP is established as one of the C&M Health and Care Partnership Prevention priorities so we can improve care, health outcomes and system sustainability.

"Saving lives: Reducing the pressure" is the Cheshire & Merseyside five year cross-sector strategy to tackle high blood pressure and launched on Tuesday 17th May, World Hypertension Day 2016. At the heart of the strategy is the ambition to ensure local communities have the best possible blood pressure and that Cheshire & Merseyside becomes the most improved sub-region in England for blood pressure outcomes.

The strategy is led by the Cheshire & Merseyside Blood Pressure Partnership Board which has representation from local authorities, health and the voluntary sector.

Cheshire & Merseyside now has a dedicated website for Cardiovascular Disease prevention, Happy Hearts. The website is both public facing and holds resources for professionals. Visit the site here.

You can read the Saving lives: Reducing the pressure 2018 Annual Report here

You can read the Saving lives: Reducing the pressure 2017 Annual Report here

You can read the Saving lives: Reducing the pressure 5-year strategy here

An annual report for 2019 will be coming soon.

For more information please e-mail melanieroche@wirral.gov.uk