On 12 May 2021, the Heart Failure Policy Network (HFPN) co-hosted the webinar ‘Freedom from heart failure: reimagining cardiac services in England’, alongside the British Society for Heart Failure (BSH). As secretariat to HFPN, HPP supported the running of the event.
The webinar brought together a panel of leading experts in cardiovascular disease to discuss the future of cardiac services in England. It was chaired by HPP Managing Director Ed Harding (who is also Network Director of the HFPN), who began with an introduction on the societal impact of heart failure. Ed then introduced Professor Nick Linker (National Clinical Director for Heart Disease, NHS England & NHS Improvement) to explain the new regional structures of the NHS and cardiac services in England, followed by Dr Simon Williams (Chair, BSH) who discussed new leadership opportunities for heart failure specialists.
Next was Dr Hugh McIntyre (Chair, NICE QSAC3), who spoke on how efforts in heart failure fit within the broader context of cardiovascular care. The final presentation came from Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan (Associate Medical Director, British Heart Foundation), who encouraged the heart failure clinical community to get involved and drive improvements in care for people living with heart failure and other chronic diseases.
The event closed with a Q&A session with all speakers, sparking a thought-provoking discussion.
For more information about the Heart Failure Policy Network, please visit the HFPN website.