King’s Health Partners Cardiovascular aims to transform service delivery and generate research advances to revolutionise cardiovascular prevention and care.
Working in a more integrated way across our partner organisations we are helping clinicians and academics deliver the best patient experience and clinical outcomes across a comprehensive range of high quality specialised cardiovascular services, addressing both mind and body.
Our cardiovascular research and clinical services are considered a “peak of excellence” across King’s Health Partners. We build upon individual strengths from our clinicians and academics across clinical practice, research and education to combine their expertise and create a world-class cardiovascular centre and network that delivers better outcomes for our patients and service users.
We aim to be global leaders in research and innovation to advance the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, through ground-breaking studies and a MedTech hub by becoming the centre of choice in Europe for cardiovascular patients, staff, trainees and students.
In 2018, we delivered specialist cardiovascular services to 125,000 patients across south east London and Kent, and in some specialities even further afield in partnership with local and regional providers.
Our services include an extensive range of sub-specialities including:
We have merged on-call services to create a 24-hour rota for patients in need of acute aortic dissection, a condition which can be fatal if not detected and treated early. The joint rota reduced waiting times for patients in need of surgery and improved patient survival rates from 52% to 75%. It was also showcased in the Getting It Right First Time report as an example of ‘good practice’.
We are at the international forefront in several fields of research. King’s Health Partners Cardiovascular has significant academic strengths that are anchored in our British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence, which now celebrates its tenth year, as the highest funded UK British Heart Foundation Centre.
Our strengths within cardiovascular are also demonstrated through the clinical research at our National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London. Over the last four years, our researchers have collaborated with national and international researchers publishing more than 1,500 peer reviews articles.
Our research highlights include world-leading work in areas such as new treatments for heart failure, heart regeneration, heart rhythm disorders, inherited heart conditions and a range of clinical trials in new anti-heart failure therapies. These are supported by our outstanding infrastructure, and the collaborations we have with Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs) across King’s Health Partners, such as Imaging Sciences and Bioengineering.
Highlights include our researchers developing a revolutionary new blood test for detecting a heart attack that could speed up diagnosis and save the NHS millions of pounds.
We aim to be a leader in training the next generation of nurses, doctors and other clinical staff who will make sure our patients live longer, healthier lives. We plan to position ourselves as a leading hub for cardiovascular education and training. Taught by academic specialists, there is an extensive and distinctive range of postgraduate research training programmes for clinicians and non-clinical scientists which allows trainees to develop an advanced theoretical and practical foundation in cardiovascular research.
King’s Health Partners Cardiovascular has developed a new postgraduate programme in cardiovascular healthcare aimed at addressing training needs of the future workforce. We have incorporated a cardiovascular focus within our BSc in Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences and have appointed two additional consultants to support our academics in teaching.
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Our Mind & Body programme is working with King’s Health Partners Cardiovascular to better join up mental and physical healthcare, training and research to improve health outcomes for everyone. We now screen patients for anxiety and depression in 12 cardiovascular services such as heart failure, adult congenital heart disease and infective endocarditis. Integrating mental and physical healthcare services in this way has the potential to vastly improve the care that patients receive. As at May 2019 have successfully been able to identify and implement a tailored treatment plan for 2,169 patients.
[Image: Community initiatives with our Heart Failure team.]