CCGs now able to compare hypertension performance
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local authorities now have a tool that allows them to see how well they are doing in detecting and treating high blood pressure. The National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network has launched a series of hypertension profiles that allow CCGs and local authorities to compare their performance with other similar authorities and the national average.
The new profiles are part of the actions recommended in the 2014 Public Health England (PHE) action plan Tackling high blood pressure: from evidence into action
The measures are aimed at improving England’s performance when compared with other countries. For example, in Canada 7 out of every 10 adults with hypertension are diagnosed and managed to recommended levels whereas in England this is only 4 out of 10.
Jamie Waterall, chair of the PHE Blood Pressure System Leadership Board said, “This new resources will be hugely important in allowing local teams to understand their data and help develop much needed local action plans for tackling high blood pressure”.