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High blood pressure affects more than 1 in 4 adults in England and is the second biggest risk factor for premature death and disability. However only 4 in 10 adults with high blood pressure are both aware of their condition and are managing it to the levels recommended. There are recent success stories in detection and management of blood pressure in the International community (Canada and United States) and we know we have to and can do much better in the UK.
An action planning and learning workshop focusing on understanding perceptions, raising awareness and improving the management of high blood pressure will be held on Monday 9 March 2015. It is being co-hosted by Cheshire and Merseyside local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and Public Health England (PHE).
PHE recently published a new national action plan for high blood pressure and an accompanying resource hub with case studies. Cheshire and Merseyside is one of the first areas to work with PHE on local blood pressure transformation and we do hope that you will be able join us.
The day is open to everyone and we would encourage people to attend both the morning and afternoon sessions. We will be circulating the formal agenda nearer the time, but the morning will include sessions on gathering insight from the representatives of the public and patients about perceptions of high blood pressure and how best to communicate and deliver proposed actions/changes.
The afternoon session will have a greater clinical focus and will also be used to develop an action plan to address issues of better management and reduction in inequalities.
We recognise that people are under significant time pressure. If it is not possible to attend the whole day then the morning will be particularly relevant to you if you work for:
- A voluntary sector or patient organisation
- A local authority
The afternoon will be particularly relevant for you if you work for:
- The NHS (particularly general practice and community pharmacy)
- A clinical commissioning group
- Strategic clinical network
The workshops will provide an opportunity to understand public perceptions, refresh your knowledge and hear from experts, showcase the work that your area is doing and learn from practice in other areas, as well as action plan with colleagues to drive improvements in your area.
Please note this event is by invitation only.