Access to technology facilitates the earlier and more accurate identification of people at potential risk of amputation, heart attack, stroke and early death from arterial disease. The Group launched an inquiry into patient access to technology designed to help prevent lower limb amputation in summer 2016. The inquiry invited submissions and oral evidence from experts involved with the diagnosis and delivery of vascular services. This report is the culmination of the Group’s findings.
Saving Limbs Saving Lives - A Review of Strategic Clinical Networks
The Group has released its latest report, which focuses on reviewing the work
of Strategic Clinical Networks in relation to cardiovascular disease; in
particular Peripheral Arterial Disease and diabetes. The Group undertook a
scoping exercise of Strategic Clinical Networks to determine the levels of
activity across the country working to reduce unnecessary amputations. This
report consolidates findings and makes recommendations for how to maximise
impact, with admittedly limited resources, and ultimately ensure a more
standardised level of output and outcomes across the country.
Tackling Peripheral Arterial Disease More Effectively: Saving Limbs, Saving Lives
Coinciding with Vascular Awareness Week, the Group has released its latest
report on Vascular Disease, focusing on Peripheral Arterial Disease and regional
variations of lower-limb amputations in England.
The APPG contributed to the NHS Commissioning Board consultation on specialised
Members of the APPG on vascular disease are determined that the Group plays a
major role in driving awareness of the disease, and is a vehicle for clinicians
and others to challenge and compliment the Department of Health and the NHS in
their efforts to tackle the disease. To this end we have drawn together comments
and observations that the Group has received, for consideration by the NHS
Commissioning Board and by Ministers.
We have focused on two elements of this consultation - A4, Specialised Services
for Vascular Disease (Adults) and A9b2 Clinical Commissioning Policy – Renal
Putting Vascular Disease at the Centre of Government Thinking
The APPG produced a report on Vascular Disease contributing to the
Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy.
One of the major achievements of the NHS over the past decade has been
improvements in patient outcomes from cardiovascular disease. However, there is
a need to update and build on that work. This is why the Department of Health
Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy is so very welcome.
Vascular disease should play an important part of this strategy. It is the most
common precursor to coronary heart disease and heart attack, and causes stroke
by aﬀecting the arteries in the neck.
This is why the APPG on Vascular Disease wanted to inform the development of
this new strategy with specific references to forms of vascular disease. We have
consulted with a range of clinicians, patient groups and other health care
professionals to get expert advice from those who live with and treat vascular
disease, and those that manage services.