info-graphics-peopleThe All Party Parliamentary Group on Heart and Circulatory Diseases (APPG) brought together a cross-party group of MPs and peers with an interest in the subject.  It was inaugurated in 2015.

The APPG’s purposes were:

  • to inform and educate parliamentarians about heart and circulatory disease, and issues concerning cardiac and vascular death
  • to encourage and promote work undertaken to prevent heart disease and improve its diagnosis and treatment

APPG Focus on Heart Failure

APPG Inquiry: Living with Heart Failure

The APPG established its inquiry into Living with Heart Failure early in 2016.  The Inquiry accepted written evidence up to April, and then conducted a series of Evidence Panels over the summer for verbal submissions.  An interim report was published in August 2016, and the final report with full recommendations was published on 13th September 2016.

Full Living with Heart Failure report
The 10 recommendations  from the Inquiry

Role of Alliance for Heart Failure

The Alliance for Heart Failure made an extensive contribution to the Inquiry and its report.

Throughout the process, the Inquiry was advised by an Advisory Panel. Several Alliance members were co-opted onto the Panel, which was made up of representatives from key organisations and areas with expertise in heart disease.  The Panel’s role was to advise the Inquiry Steering Group across the duration of the Inquiry on key issues such as scope, what evidence should be sought, and from whom, and the content and recommendations of the report.

Alliance members on the Panel were:

  • Prof Andrew Clark, Chair of Clinical Cardiology and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, Castle Hill Hospital, Hull, and Chair of the British Society for Heart Failure
  • Richard Corder, patient representative at Cardiovascular Care Partnership
  • Prof Martin Cowie, Professor of Cardiology (Health Services Research) at Imperial College and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Angela Graves, Clinical Lead, Pumping Marvelous Foundation
  • Keith Pearce, Consultant Cardiac Physiologist, University Hospital South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, and Vice President of the British Society of Echocardiography
  • Joel Rose, Chief Executive, Cardiomyopathy UK

Alliance submission to Inquiry

Individual Alliance for Heart Failure member organisations submitted their own responses to calls for evidence from the Inquiry, and the Alliance submitted a joint written response to the interim report.

Alliance plans

The Alliance for Heart Failure is continuing to work to raise the profile of heart failure with Government, the NHS and media.

To keep up-to-date with what the Alliance is doing and for updates on these issues, see News and Events.