Achieving the national CVD prevention ambitions

Too many people are still living with undetected and poorly managed atrial fibrillation (AF), high blood pressure (BP) and raised cholesterol. In 2019 Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England agreed national ambitions to address the A, B and C of secondary CVD prevention and to reduce associated health inequalities over 10 years.

The ‘ABC’ of secondary CVD prevention:
Atrial fibrillation
High Blood pressure
High Cholesterol

Watch presentations from the 2020 CVD Prevention conference, ‘Proactive, Predictive, Personalised’here.

Core20PLUS5 is a national NHS England approach to inform action to reduce healthcare inequalities at both national and system level. The approach defines a target population – the ‘Core20PLUS’ – and identifies ‘5’ focus clinical areas requiring accelerated improvement.


CVD PREVENT‘ is a new national primary care audit that will automatically extract routinely held GP data. PCN-level data will support systematic quality improvement to reduce health inequalities and improve outcomes related to CVD risk factors such as AF, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Read the quick guide to CVD prevent here.

See here for the Strategy in Advancing Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Cheshire and Merseyside


NHS Health Checks are a systematic opportunity to identify and address CVD risk factors (including the ‘ABC’ conditions) early. Visit the NHS Health Checks homepage for commissioner and provider support, webinars and more.


An outline of how NICE evidence-based guidance can contribute to improvements in CVD prevention are outlined here.