CVD training and resources

At Health Innovation East we are working to improve the detection and management of conditions such as atrial fibrillation (AF), high blood pressure and high cholesterol as well as the early diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolaemia. Here is a suite of training sessions and resources, designed for health care professionals, in support of this aim.

Health Innovation East is commissioned by NHS England to help address the identification and prevention of conditions linked with cardiovascular disease (CVD) across the East of England.

If we want to address health inequalities, then cardiovascular disease prevention is a great place to start. For more information about our work in cardiovascular disease prevention, please contact, or

CVD: useful information


  • Heart UK – The Cholesterol Charity
    • Heart UK has partnered with the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) and the Health Innovation Network to provide a comprehensive and varied education programme for healthcare professionals.
  • CVD data and improvement tool (CVDPREVENT) 
    • The Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Audit (CVDPREVENT) is a national primary care audit of routinely held GP data. The tool provides open access data, with clear actionable insights for those tasked with improving cardiovascular health in England.


Resources for healthcare professionals

Training videos

Introduction to the Health Innovation East lipid management programme – April 2022.

Dr Max Hickman provides an overview of the Health Innovation East lipid management programme to support with improving the detection, prevention and treatment of CVD.

Bitesize Lipids event with Ahmet Fuat: Health Innovation East lipids programme  – March 2023

Dr Ahmet Fuat provides a comprehensive overview to support healthcare professionals to maximise opportunities around lipid management

A guide to lipid management in primary care – October 2022

Dr Max Hickman explains the importance of CVD and lipid management, including new pathways, guidance and novel therapies for healthcare professionals to improve the detection, prevention and treatment of CVD.

East Anglian CV Seminar Series – Lipids and Cardiovascular Risk: Whom, What and How to Treat? – October 2020

This seminar with Dr Paul Flynn, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, covered a review of recent guidelines, the criteria and pathway for genetic testing for suspected monogenic familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), the eligibility criteria and pathway for starting PCSK9 inhibitors and the referral pathways for advice and review in the region’s lipid clinics.


Resources for healthcare professionals

  • Implementation pack: regional ICS’s – provides information to support implementation of a population health management approach to blood pressure management across your ICS. For healthcare professionals at:

Training videos

Bitesize: How I achieved the QoF indicators in 6 months – hypertension

Speaker: Dr Bharan Kumar, GP Lead, Bharani Medical Centre and Clinical Lead, Population Health, NHS Frimley ICS

Hypertension in primary care: transforming the prevention of cardiovascular disease – June 2023.

An opportunity to hear from a wide range of speakers including: Dr Matt Kearney, Dr Max Hickman, Dr John Ford and an excellent patient story from Godwin Daudu covering topics related to optimising hypertension management in primary care.

East Anglian CV Seminar Series – Still the biggest killer – September 2021.

Professor Ian Wilkinson provides an indepth overview of hypertension diagnosis and management.


Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH)

Resources for healthcare professionals

  • FH Information Zone
    • Resources for all healthcare professionals to support the early detection and management of patients with Familial Hypercholesterolaemia in the NHS East Genomics region.
  • FH Genetic testing pathway
    • The East Genomic Laboratory Hub Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Genetic Testing Pathway provides guidance for healthcare professionals with patients with a high likelihood of FH.

Training videos

East Anglian CV Seminar Series: FH Identification – March 2023

This video is for any healthcare professionals across primary, secondary and tertiary care who look after patients with, or at high risk of developing, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease to hear from an expert panel including: Dr Javier Gomez, Dr Kate Downes, Dr Paul Flynn and Shelina Rajan.

Mark’s story – October 2022

Hear Mark’s story and experience about being diagnosed and living with FH.

Heart failure

Resources for healthcare professionals

  • Heart Failure Training Resource
    • This document aims to bring together resources that Health Innovation East is aware of and provide information on the content, the time commitment and any cost associated with using it, with the hope to support health care professionals in accessing and completing training.
  • Pumping Marvellous
    • The Pumping Marvellous Foundation (PMF) is the UK’s patient-led Heart Failure charity. Founded by a heart failure patient whose experiences whilst rehabilitating, shaped the Foundation’s goals and principles of a patient-centric charity focused on improved patient outcomes.

Training videos

North East Essex Community Cardiology Service – February 2024

Dr Max Hickman provides an overview of the cardiology service, the role the service offers to the community and how it has been developed with a particular focus on supporting detection and managements of people with heart failure as well as wider cardiovascular disease.

East Anglian CV seminar series: HF, whats new? – April 2022

Dr Pegah Salashouri provides an overview of the latest guidelines in management of heart failure.


Atrial Fibrillation (AF)

Training videos

East Anglian CV seminar series – Combination Antithrombotic Therapy: Ensuring Safety and Optimising Efficacy – December 2020

Dr Unni Krishnan a practical overview of the evidence and guidelines that support the use of combination antithrombotic therapy in patients who have a clinical indication for concurrent use of long term anticoagulant therapy as well as antiplatelet therapy for atherosclerotic vascular disease.



Communication of risk and uncertainty: the Covid experience

Training videos

East Anglian CV seminar series – Trustworthy communication of risk and uncertainty: the Covid experience – April 2021

Professor Sir David Speigelhalter assess the trustworthiness of the way risks and uncertain evidence have been talked about during Covid. In particular, he will look at how background actuarial risk can be used to get a perspective on the risks facing those infected by the virus, and how the potential benefits and harms of vaccines can be communicated.

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