Stockton JSNA

Cardiovascular Disease

What needs to be done and why?


Local authority, NHS and Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations are key providers of:

  • Transport and planning initiatives.
  • Active lifestyle and leisure facilities.
  • Exercise and weight management services including commissioning of NHS health checks and supporting physical activities in both work and school environments.
  • Stop smoking services
  • Social prescribing programmes

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council promotes active transport to encourage physical activity in children and adults. This includes improvements to walking and cycling networks and cycle to work schemes as well as cycling and pedestrian training in primary schools.

People living in Stockton-on-Tees have access to several leisure centres and other offers to become more physically active such as walking and cycling activities and events.

The ‘Lite 4 life’ weight management programme is a group based intervention to support people to reduce weight and become more active.

The Active Health Exercise Referral scheme is a progressive exercise programme to help patients to manage their medical condition.

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme offers a structured behavioural and weight management programme for patients identified with an elevated blood sugar level.

The Better Health at Work Award Programme promotes healthy lifestyle advice and interventions including healthy diet and healthy weight to employees of participating organisations.

The Stockton and Hartlepool Specialist Stop Smoking Service provides stop smoking drop-in clinics. Clinics are offered in a variety of community locations (in the areas of most need).    

Pharmacies in Stockton-on-Tees provide support, advice and nicotine replacement treatment. The scheme improves access to stop smoking service through extended opening hours and increasing convenience and choice of stop smoking services.

VCSE organisation such as Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND and CGL offer targeted stop smoking programmes to their clients.

Risk and disease identification

The NHS health check aims to prevent heart disease stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia through early detection, behaviour change and referral for further identification and management of risk factors and conditions which can lead to the development of CVD. NHS health checks in Stockton focus on reducing health inequalities through prioritising and incentivising health checks for the eligible population in the most deprived areas.

Patients with hypertension, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, chronic kidney disease, CHD and Stoke are mostly identified and treated in primary care. GP practices offer clinics for the management of cardiovascular disease and following cardiovascular events.   

Secondary care service for the population of Stockton-on-Tees are provided by the University Hospital of North Tees, University Hospital of Hartlepool and the James Cook University Hospital.

The cardiology department at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust offers a full range of services including consultant-led cardiology clinics offering general cardiology and specialist clinics for heart failure, structural heart disease and arrhythmia. Cardiology services South Tees offers most tertiary care services.  

The Stroke Service at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust offers:

  • Assessment clinics for TIA and stroke
  • Thrombolysis to those eligible for treatment
  • Physiotherapy, speech and language and occupational therapists are involved early in treatment and care to support recovery whilst at hospital.

A community stoke team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, dietitians, psychologist, rehabilitation assistants, specialist nurses and Stroke Association family and care support officer supports patients at home during the weeks and months following discharge. 

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