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A Case for Change: Future developments in the North Gwent Cardiac Rehabilitation and Aftercare Charity

2021-05-17T10:04:13+00:00

A Case for Change: Future developments in the North Gwent Cardiac Rehabilitation and Aftercare Charity. The key themes that shall be explored in the document: A description of the present model of service. An explanation of the need for change. A description of the new service model that will be introduced in 2021. How the Board of trustees will continue to support the membership of the charity. Introduction The charity was formed to facilitate the provision of fitness classes in the community, run by British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) qualified instructors so that people who suffered a cardiac event could continue with long term (Phase IV) of their rehabilitation. The charity currently manages the hire of halls and gyms, the procurement and maintenance of equipment and contributes 50% of the instructor’s wages, the remainder being paid by the Aneurin Bevan Health Board (currently the instructor’s formal employer). Funds to finance these activities comes from membership, class fees, donations, grants and events organised by the fund-raising committee volunteers. However, the annual challenge to match income and expenditure has been made impossible by COVID-19 restrictions. Due to a significant downward trend in income, and in order to save the charity, the trustees took the decision to end the 50% instructor wage contribution to the Health Board. As a result, the instructor’s contract with the Health Board to work with Phase 4 ends this June and a consultation process to see if alternative employment can be found within [...]

A Case for Change: Future developments in the North Gwent Cardiac Rehabilitation and Aftercare Charity2021-05-17T10:04:13+00:00

COVID 19 has meant a new beginning for early Cardiac Rehabilitation

2020-10-21T10:07:39+00:00

COVID 19 has meant a new beginning for early Cardiac Rehabilitation Hassan Al-Kaabi Senior Fitness Instructor Oct 2020 I work in Cardiac Rehabilitation in Pontypool, South Wales. Prior to Covid 19 following a cardiac event, patients attended cardiac rehabilitation for eight weeks. This consisted of an exercise and education programme, facilitated by a multi-disciplinary team (MDT); including Cardiac Specialist Nurses, Exercise Specialists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Counsellors. The impact of Covid 19 In ABUHB there are four sites providing cardiac rehab programmes. During Covid-19, we have had to adapt our service and unfortunately haven't been able to see patients face to face since late March. We have, however, been conducting our service over the phone; giving patients advice, support and education where possible. There are many limitations to running a service over the phone these include not being able to physically see how our patients are recovering, what exercise capacity they have, not being able to build a rapport with patients, and not providing the best education possible for them. A new way forward I am the Chair of the Education Group in our department. This includes a small working group, with members from the MDT looking for innovative ideas to improve our education for patients. As a service we have been sending patients education leaflets, Heart Manuals (a self-management book for cardiac patients), and also providing education over the phone. As a working group we felt that patients were missing out on face to face group education, that [...]

COVID 19 has meant a new beginning for early Cardiac Rehabilitation2020-10-21T10:07:39+00:00