Cheshire & Merseyside cross-sector blood pressure strategy
World Hypertension Day on 17 May 2016, saw the launch of the Cheshire & Merseyside five year cross-sector blood pressure strategy – which 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, which was informed by learnings from Professor Norm Campbell who developed the world leading Pan-Canadian Framework for tackling high blood pressure, is the vision 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.
Co-chair of the Cheshire & Merseyside Blood Pressure Partnership Board Cllr Janet Clowes of Cheshire East Council said “I am extremely pleased to see the launch of our new blood pressure strategy. 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 we take urgent action to prevent, identify and manage people at risk of developing serious diseases such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure and chronic kidney disease”.
Dr Heather Grimbaldeston, lead Director of Public Health for blood pressure in Cheshire & Merseyside and who sits on the National Blood Pressure System Leadership Board said “This strategy is an exciting development, much progress has been made so far but this now gives us a clear focus for how we will go about tackling high blood pressure in our sub-region. A great deal of hard work and consultation has gone into the production of the strategy and I would like to thank our partners for their fantastic contributions. I am now looking forward to working together across the system to make our vision a reality.”
The ‘Saving lives: Reducing the pressure’ five year cross-sector blood pressure strategy is now available at www.champspublichealth.com