NHS Health Check eBulletin

CVD prevention team - roles and responsibilities

Jamie Waterall, national lead for CVD prevention & associate deputy chief nurse

  • Aligning and strengthening PHE’s contribution to CVD prevention in England
  • Building and strengthening leadership for the NHS Health Check and blood pressure programmes in England
  • Providing strategic oversight and management of PHE’s CVD prevention team
  • Deputising for PHE’s Chief Nurse, providing visible nurse leadership pertaining to health and wellbeing and community nursing. PHE’s strategic lead for All Our Health


Katherine Thompson, deputy national lead

  • Appraising research to inform decisions from the Expert Scientific and Clinical Advisory Panel on changing the content of the NHS Health Check.
  • Improving quality by developing and supporting the local use of the NHS Health Check systematic approach to raising standards (StARS) framework and by producing best practice guidance.
  • Disseminating learning through the delivery of an annual CVD conference.
  • Engaging with third sector partners to enhance the reach of the NHS Health Check programme.
  • Evaluating novel and innovative methods of improving NHS Health Check take up and of increasing blood pressure self-monitoring.


Slade Carter, deputy national lead

  • Leading on PHE’s national data extraction of NHS Health Check data
  • Aligning and strengthening agency-wide contributions on cardiovascular disease through the cardiovascular disease working group
  • Leading on the CVD prevention team’s business planning and reporting
  • Stocktake of PHE’s contributions to CVD prevention in England
  • Blood pressure system leadership board
  • Information governance and data flow guidance
  • National steering group


Dr Matt Kearney, GP and national clinical director for CVD Prevention

  • Supporting the NHS to improve secondary prevention of CVD through improved detection and management of high risk conditions such as high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation and high cholesterol.
  • Supporting development and roll out of NHS RightCare CVD Prevention Pathways.
  • Collaborating with British Heart Foundation to build local CVD Communities of Practice.
  • Developing resources to support improved CVD prevention


Hannah Rees, senior support manager (Meritxell Rosell from 28/11/16 to 31/05/16)

  • NHS Health Check Competence and training
  • Local Implementer National Forum (LINF)
  • NHS Health Check Marketing and Branding, including One You
  • NHS Health Check and blood pressure content on NHS Choices
  • Blood pressure Evidence into Action  review
  • NHS Health Check Health Equity Audit Guidance


Catherine Lagord, data analyst

  • Quarterly NHS Health Check data returns from local authorities (official statistics standards). 
  • Health Profile and Longer Lives tools
  • National data extraction
  • Data intelligence and information governance sub-group
  • Heart age tool
  • Bridge between the chief knowledge officer and health and wellbeing for issues relating to information governance, modelling, dataset development and intelligence


Susannah Robinson, digital coordinator

  • NHS Health Checks digital work stream
  • Digital hypertension work in Cheshire and Merseyside
  • Focal point between PHE and the WHO-ITU joint initiative “Be He@lthy, Be Mobile”


Polly Kwok, support manager   

  • Best Practice guidance
  • NHS healthy workforce pilot
  • Regional and centre leads meetings
  • Website
  • Lead for webinars
  • Collect and submit the quarterly local authority data reports


Jennifer Ankrah, operational support administrator

  • PA to national lead
  • Administrative support for the CVD prevention team
  • E-bulletin publication
  • Blood pressure resource hub
  • Patient information leaflets



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