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Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Useful documents for cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation professionals

These standards have been developed through a review of the evidence for best practice in cardiac rehabilitation, by a working party of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists In Cardiac Rehabilitation (ACPICR). The aim is to standardise the quality and approach taken by exercise professionals when delivering the exercise component of CR in order to provide service equity to the widest variety of people with cardiovascular disease (CVD). The Standards have been extensively updated and now include additional more detailed information in several areas of practice.

View the ACPICR Standards

National Audit Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR) Quality and Outcomes Report

The National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR) is a BHF strategic project that aims to support cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation services to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease, irrespective of where they live.

The NACR Quality and Outcomes Report (previously the NACR Annual Statistical Report) combines data from cardiac rehabilitation programmes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. and presents recommendations for how to improve programme.

View/download the report

Algorithm for HF management

View/download on the BSH website

Heart failure multidisciplinary meetings: joint British Society consensus guidelines for structure and function

View article on BSH website

Acute and Chronic Heart Failure Guidelines – ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

View the ESC Guidelines for Acute and Chronic Heart Failure

The proposals published in the JBS3 report are consensus recommendations, and are a collaborative effort from the British cardiovascular societies who deal with cardiovascular disease prevention. The report was written for GPs and practitioners to help guide their work with patients, in preventing CVD.

The JBS3 risk calculator is a tool to help communicate the risk of CVD and the benefits of interventions, whether they are lifestyle or pharmacological. Although the JBS3 risk calculator is openly available on this website, it has been designed for use by Doctors and Practitioners with their patients.

JBS3 Report

NICE Guideline (NG185, 2020) Acute Coronary Syndrome

This guideline cover the early and longer-term (rehabilitation) management of acute coronary syndromes.  These include ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and unstable angina. The guideline aims to improve survival and quality of life for people who have a heart attack or unstable angina.

View the NICE Guideline on Acute Coronary Syndromes

Chronic heart failure in adults: diagnosis and management

Published 12 September 2018

NICE Guideline CG2016

NICE Chronic heart failure in adults update

Published 11 January 2023

Quality statement 6: Cardiac rehabilitation, pages 25 - 28

Public Health England

Public Health England CVD Ambitions (2019)

On the 14 February 2019, the National CVD Prevention System Leadership Forum, which BACPR are a part of, launched new ambitions for England to improve the detection and management of CVD risk factors - atrial fibrillations, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and to reduce health inequalities.

Guidance Document


Action on cardiovascular disease: getting serious about prevention

This publication brings together Public Health England's (PHE’s) broad-ranging work in addressing cardiovascular disease.

Local Health and care planning: menu of preventative interventions

Public Health England's menu of preventative interventions is a good resource for STPs and potentially a good structure for summarising the impact of CR programmes.

Department of Health

CVD Outcomes Strategy (2013)

This 2013 document sets out outcomes for people with or at risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in line with the NHS and Public Health Outcomes Frameworks. Visit the website.