New standards to deliver high quality congenital heart disease services introduced

8 July 2016        

Actions to ensure core standards of quality and sustainability apply across all specialist services have been announced today by NHS England.

In 2015, NHS England published new commissioning standards for congenital heart disease services following extensive consultation with patients and their families, clinicians and other experts.

Since then, hospital trusts providing congenital heart disease services have been asked to assess themselves against the standards, which came into effect from April 2016, and report back on their plans to meet them within the set time frames. 

As a result of these assessments, and following further verification with providers, NHS England intends – subject to necessary engagement and service change process in relation to this assessment - to take actions to ensure all providers comply with the set standards.

Full details of these actions can be found on the NHS England website. 

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive at the British Heart Foundation, said: “It is absolutely critical that children and adults with congenital heart disease and their families receive safe and effective care, wherever they live in the United Kingdom. 

“The British Heart Foundation is keen to ensure that the new set of standards, agreed by NHS England, are implemented as quickly as possible so that people with congenital heart disease and their families have access to the best possible care.”

For further information please contact the NHS England media team on [email protected] or 01138 250958/9.