Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) health and social care professionals have been invited to join a new Multi-Professional Reference Panel – a secure database of individuals with a clinical interest, expertise and experience in CVD who would like to take part in service transformation work. This is a pilot project introduced by the Surrey Heartlands Academy where Dr Aalia Khan, Clinical Ambassador for CVD, (pictured) led on most of the work.

Once registered, individual’s details will be held securely in a database and they may then be invited to get involved in a number of ways. This could be to review best practice, identify key issues, contribute ideas, help design or comment on proposed pathways, take part in focus groups, complete surveys and attend stakeholder workshops. The reference panel will provide an opportunity for those interested in service transformation to become more involved.

Explains Mark Hamilton, Executive Clinical Director for the Surrey Heartlands Academy: “Clinical and professional engagement and co-design are fundamental to all Surrey Heartlands programmes and this is an opportunity for individuals to address variation in CVD practice, improve outcomes and develop services collaboratively to meet the needs of our citizens. A key expectation of the reference panel is engagement of the system in work.

“It’s also for clinical and professional staff to use their specific knowledge and expertise to advise on pathways, models and how services should be delivered at different stages of the project lifecycle and we hope that a wide range of staff with specialist interest in CVD will register to be a part of this virtual Reference Panel.”

If you are interested in taking part in the panel, the Clinical and Professional Reference Panel Pilot Registration Form can be found here.

The Surrey Heartlands Academy is a virtual network which supports clinicians to adopt, share and evaluate innovation, research and best practice.