Health project wins prestigious HSJ value award

A collaborative project designed to improve heart health across West Yorkshire and Harrogate has been awarded the ‘Cardiovascular Care Initiative of the Year’ at the HSJ Value Awards 2020.

Healthy Hearts, brings together health and care professionals, including GPs and community pharmacists, with NHS organisations and community groups to improve care for people with cardiovascular disease (CVD).  The project is led by the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership and delivered by Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.

The initiative received the prestigious award in recognition for the outstanding contribution made to delivering better services and driving better outcomes over the past 12 months.

Rob Webster, CEO Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be named as a winner. Through this initiative, more than 17,500 additional people have had their blood pressure controlled to a tighter target (less than 140/90).

‘In addition, over 2,000 people have been identified at risk of cardiovascular disease and been offered a statin. This alone means that nearly 500 people could avoid a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years across our area. This is a great, life-saving example of what can be achieved when partners come together’.


Dr Steve Ollerton, Huddersfield GP and clinical champion of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts initiative, said: ‘This award is testament to the hard work of our partners to help reduce cardiovascular disease across our region. We have known for some time this was a high priority for our patients. We have demonstrated that by working at scale using simplified processes you can have an impact on both our patients’ outcomes and help our clinicians to work more efficiently.’

 For more information about the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts, visit



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