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Revised cardiovascular framework to build on success - Poots

Health Minister Edwin Poots has said a revised framework will further improve services for people who suffer from cardiovascular disease.
Thursday, 28 March 2013

The Minister was speaking as he launched a public consultation on the revised Service Framework for Cardiovascular Health and Wellbeing. The original framework was launched in 2009 and has now been reviewed. The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) has also appraised the implementation of the Framework.

Service frameworks aim to improve health and social care outcomes, reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing, and improve service access and delivery. They set out the standards of care that patients, clients, carers and families can expect to receive.

The Minister said: “The Service Framework for Cardiovascular Health and Wellbeing has lead to a number of improvements in the quality of care that the people of Northern Ireland receive. This was evidenced by the RQIA review of implementation. However, cardiovascular diseases continue to be one of the largest causes of ill health in Northern Ireland and we must carry on the momentum to further improve services.”

This revised Framework includes 43 standards, which relate to a number of specific conditions, as well as:

  • communication;
  • patient and public involvement;
  • health improvement and protection;
  • medicines management;
  • palliative and end of life care; and
  • research.

The Minister continued: “This revised Framework will build on its earlier success, setting new priorities for cardiovascular health in Northern Ireland, and continuing to work towards reducing inequity in service user outcomes.”

The Minister encouraged people to respond to the consultation, saying: “It is in the interests of everyone to ensure the best possible health and social services for cardiovascular disease.”

The revised Service Framework for Cardiovascular Health and Wellbeing consultation documents, as well as information on how you can respond, can be found online

Notes to editors:

1 The Framework was originally launched in 2009, and upon reaching the end of its three year life cycle, has been subjected to a fundamental review conducted by an extended membership of the multidisciplinary and intersectoral Cardiovascular Health and Wellbeing Commissioning Group. The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) has also appraised the implementation of the Framework.

2 Details of the 2009 Framework can be found online

3 Service frameworks aim to improve health and social care outcomes, reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing, and improve service access and delivery. They set out the standards of care that patients, clients, carers and families can expect to receive and will be used by commissioners, HSC providers and RQIA.

4 The RQIA Independent Review of the Implementation of the Cardiovascular Service Framework can be found online.

5 The consultation will close on 19 June 2013, at which time all responses will be considered and the revised Service Framework for Cardiovascular Health and Wellbeing will be finalised.

6 Media enquiries to the DHSSPS Press Office on 028 9052 0074. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Office via pager number on 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.