New congenital heart disease review


NHS England, as the body responsible for commissioning specialised congenital heart services, undertook a national review of congenital heart services for children and adults

The review considered the whole lifetime pathway and its aims were:

  • securing the best outcomes for all patients, not just lowest mortality but reduced disability and an improved opportunity for survivors to lead better lives;
  • tackling variations so that services across the country consistently meet demanding performance standards and are able to offer resilient 24/7 care; and
  • improving patient experience, including how information is provided to patients and their families, and consideration of access and support for families when they have to be away from home.


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If you want to know about the New congenital heart disease review contact us at:

New congenital heart disease review
NHS England
5E60, 5th Floor
Quarry House
Leeds, LS2 7UE


Quick links to other information

As part of commissioning Congenital Heart Disease services that meet the new standards NHS England working with NHS Providers asked current providers to consider how they might work together in order to meet the standards. The providers then provided submissions on how they might do this. This report is from the National Commissioning Panel who considered and assessed the submissions.

NHS Choices – Congenital Heart Disease

Clinical Reference Group E05 – Congenital Heart Services