Cardiovascular disease prevention optimal value pathway

This pathway has been produced by NHS RightCare. NHS RightCare is a programme committed to reducing unwarranted variation to improve people’s health and outcomes and reduce inequalities in health access, experience and outcomes.

It makes sure that the right person has the right care, in the right place, at the right time, making the best use of available resources.

NHS England, Public Health England and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have legal duties under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to reduce health inequalities; and to promote equality under the Equality Act 2010.

The cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention pathway is the first in a series of optimal value pathways on a number of conditions. These evidence-based pathways are being developed in close collaboration with NHS England’s National Clinical Directors, Public Health England, Royal Colleges, NICE and other non-statutory stakeholders including patient groups.

The aim is to provide local health economies with:

  • a high-level overarching national case for change;
  • a best practice pathway for individual conditions; and
  • best practice case studies for elements of the pathway demonstrating what to change, how to change and a scale of improvement.

Next steps

This pathway was amended on 21 November 2016 to include additional information on atrial fibrillation.