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Heart Disease in Scotland

Heart Disease has been a clinical priority for NHS Scotland for over 15 years.

Since then there has been substantial investment and redesign in cardiology services which has contributed to NHSScotland reducing mortality rates from coronary heart disease (CHD) by over 43 per cent over the last 10 years.

Over the last decade the number of new cases of coronary heart disease in Scotland has decreased by over 27 per cent and mortality rates for coronary heart disease have fallen steadily.

We will continue to build on this achievement through implementation of the Heart Disease Improvement Plan.

Heart Disease Improvement Plan

Our Better Heart Disease and Stroke Care Action Plan, published in 2009, set out a comprehensive programme for improving services and care for people with heart disease. This Improvement Plan will ensure that the priorities remain current and by reflecting the progress that has been made, it will build on these successes to ensure that in Scotland we continue to strive towards improved prevention, treatment and care of heart disease.

The Action Plan reflects the principles of our Quality Strategy, which remains the blueprint for improving the quality of care that patients and carers receive from the NHS across Scotland. It sets out the three Quality Ambitions of Safe, Effective and Person-Centred Care:

Building on the Quality Strategy and emphasising the continued committment to pursuing the three Quality Ambitions, the Route Map to the 2020 Vision for Health and Social Care (2013) sets out a new and accelerated focus on 12 priority areas for action. The Route Map maintains the focus on improving quality at scale with regard to both health and social care:

To support improvements in the quality of care we need to recognise where we have been and where we are going; the publication of this Improvement Plan marks an important milestone and further develops the work of the heart disease community in Scotland. We also want to ensure a focus going forward on locally-led quality improvement.

National Advisory Committee on Heart Disease

The National Advisory Committee on Heart Disease is a national group which coordinates implementation of the Heart Disease Improvement Plan. The Committee convenes three times a year and aims to promote Scotland-wide collaboration, peer support and dissemination of best practice:

The remit of the National Advisory Committee on Heart Disease is to:

  • Co-ordinate and evaluate the implementation of the Heart Disease Improvement Plan
  • Oversee development of national heart disease strategy
  • Provide expert advice to the Scottish Government Health Directorates