The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has launched a new Alliance membership programme which aims to raise the standard of care for the seven million people in the UK affected by cardiovascular disease (CVD).

The Alliancebrings together more than 1,250 members to share best practice and develop their skills to give the best possible care to cardiovascular patients and people at high risk of cardiovascular disease across the country.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive at the British Heart Foundation said: “The BHF wants to develop its support for the thousands of practitioners caring for the seven million people in the UK who are experiencing the misery and pain of cardiovascular disease.Joining the new BHF Alliance is the perfect way for healthcare practitioners to network, and develop their skills and knowledge for the continuing benefit of those affected by cardiovascular disease."

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The BHF Alliance will support practitioners who work with people affected by, or at the risk of developing, CVD This includes anyone who has a role working with cardiovascular patients in traditional healthcare, public health, social care or voluntaryorganisations.

Membership will provide a valued connection with the BHF that will help practitioners develop best practice in prevention of CVD, understand and manage existing conditions and find new ways to increase survival rates from sudden cardiovascular events,such as heart attacks.

Kimberley Brown, Heart Failure Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Alliance member said: “I feel part of a much bigger team which is supportive and the national networking enables me to share best practices with colleagues. This promotes good care but alsocan be very reassuring from a professional perspective.”

The BHF Alliance was launched at the BHF Healthcare Professionals Day at the recent British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) conference.

For more information visitwww.bhf.org.uk/alliance