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Cardiac Rehabilitation

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Total available:
£5 million
Application deadline:
This programme is now closed

This programme is closed for applications.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation programme had two main aims:

  1. to increase the uptake of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) services, particularly among groups of people who currently make low use of existing services
  2. to drive sustainable improvements in the quality of service patients receive.

The BHF and BIG agreed a programme of work that would offer three years of pump priming funding to groups based in Primary Care who wished to improve local CR services. Following an open call for proposals and a refereeing process, 36 CR programmes in Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England were funded for up to three years, starting in 2005/6. Each programme was supported by one of four BHF Rehabilitation Coordinators.

There was considerable diversity in the purposes for which applications were made, examples included: working with the local authority exercise promotion workers to develop individual exercise prescriptions, to start new community based programmes, to provide a new home based opportunity for widening programmes, to enable groups that had previously not been invited to rehabilitation (e.g. angioplasty patients) to take part, and providing lessons in healthy cooking for people from ethnic minorities.