Offering free heart rate monitoring checks report, Kirklees

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Summary of report content

Successful outreach sessions offering free Body Mass Index (BMI) checks led Healthwatch Kirklees to work with Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network to develop the idea of taking out mobile heart rate monitors to offer free screening to people. The main aim of the outreach sessions was to encourage people to talk to Healthwatch staff about their experience of health and social care services and take out heart rate monitors to help detect Atrial Fibrillation (AF). Background: • Kirklees has a predicted population with AF of 10,219 people (National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network 2017). • The number of people on the AF registers at GPs in Kirklees is 7351 (Y&H AHSN AF dashboard Jan 2018). • Estimated that 2868 people in Kirklees have AF but unknown to the local health service. • AF increases with age and is commonly associated with heart disease, high blood pressure, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), previous stroke or TIA (transient ischaemic attack) diabetes and dementia like illnesses. • Across this population, it is estimated that 5% of people with AF will have a stroke each year; 143 strokes predicted for 2018/19. • AF related stroke has a tendency to have poorer outcome than other strokes with an increased risk of death or permanent severe disability often requiring continuing nursing care. • For every 75 people with AF that are found and treated, 2 strokes a year will be prevented. Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network supplied Healthwatch Kirklees with: • heart rate monitors with some monitors having the option of measuring blood pressure too. • leaflets to give out to people to explain the test result and what they should do if it’s abnormal. Training for staff and volunteers provided by British Heart Foundation. Healthwatch Kirklees will: • keep an anonymous record of the number of tests completed • record the number of people with AF detected • signpost anyone with an abnormal result to their GP.

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General details

Report title 
Offering free heart rate monitoring checks report, Kirklees
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Kirklees
Date of publication 
Sunday, 1 January, 2017
Date evidence capture began 
Sunday, 1 January, 2017
Date evidence capture finished 
Sunday, 1 January, 2017
Type of report 
Guidance
Key themes 
Health promotion
Staff training
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-6393

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
What type of organisation requested the work 
N/A
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network
Primary research method used 
Deliberative event
How was the information collected? 
Research
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of people who shared their views

Age group 
Not known
Gender 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
No
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
No
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
N/A
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Not known

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
No
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.