We will help attain the highest
possible standards of care and support for
We aim to achieve this by:
- understanding the day to day needs of people living with heart
- equipping patients and carers to maximise patient heart health
and quality of life
- increasing resuscitation capacity, to help maximise heart
- responding to, and representing, the needs of patients and
- helping patients and carers to develop heart health services
- investing in healthcare professionals to improve heart
patients’ quality of life
- helping develop other organisations to build capacity in
prevention and care
- promoting better training and accreditation for heart
- training and supporting more specialist healthcare professionals
Our achievements in 2009-10
In 2009-10 we funded or part-funded 421 healthcare
professionals to help heart patients who need our support.
BHF healthcare professionals play a vital role in
providing information, care and support to heart patients.
And this can be especially important when it comes to helping
parents to cope with the terrible knowledge that their child has a
Here’s just one story from this year. Kirsty and Jason Morgan were devastated to
learn their baby Paige was born with a rare and complicated heart
condition. She had her first surgery when she was just six weeks
The BHF nurse at Cardiff’s University Hospital was – and
still is – a lifeline to the family. In the first days of
Paige’s life, at a time of great confusion and worry, she came to
speak to them and helped them understand Paige’s condition.
BHF healthcare professionals will help keep improving the
quality of life for children and parents through expert
specialist care at home and in clinics.
They’ll provide vital education, guidance and support to parents
so that they can care for and monitor their children at home,
following their progress from before birth to school days.
Changing the face of patient care
Our specialist healthcare professionals offer expert care,
advice and emotional support for people with cardiac conditions
ranging from heart failure to arrythmia.
In 2009-10 we supported 410 specialist heart nurses and produced
12 page report to illustrate the history, development and
impact of the BHF specialist nurse programme. The report called
BHF Specialist Nurses - Changing the Face of Cardiac Care
provides a comprehensive overview of the programme and its
BHF supports Specialist Fetal Cardiology Sonographer post
Most congenital heart defects can be
diagnosed before a child is born, however, the accuracy of fetal
screening can vary in different regions across the UK. We have
teamed up with one of the UK’s leading Fetal Cardiology units at
the Evelina Children’s Hospital to fund a Specialist Fetal
This hands-on training will improve quality and standards,
particularly given the evidence that diagnosing heart defects
before birth can significantly improve the outcome for some forms
of heart disease after the baby is born.