The Cheshire & Merseyside Public Health Leads Group are working on a system wide approach for the prevention, detection and treatment of high blood pressure. A stakeholder event earlier in 2015 gathered local insight from key partners about perceptions of high blood pressure and how diagnosis and treatment can be improved.

With 625,000 people in Cheshire & Merseyside affected by high blood pressure and almost half of this number thought to be unaware that they have the condition, it’s critical that urgent action is taken to prevent, identify and manage people at risk of developing serious diseases such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure and chronic kidney disease.

"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. The strategy is the culmination of two years iterative sub-regional developments across Cheshire & Merseyside and sets out the vision, aims, objectives and high level action plan for the prevention, detection and management of high blood pressure.

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

Download the Cheshire & Merseyside cross sector blood pressure strategy here

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