Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria are undertaking a programme of work to improve vascular services
People tend to use vascular services for help with conditions that affect the blood vessels, for example, carotid artery disease, claudication, peripheral arterial disease, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, varicose veins, venous leg ulcers, circulation problems in diabetics and amputations.
The vision for the Vascular services programme is to ensure that:
- vascular services can continue to be provided in a safe and sustainable way and are consistent with national guidance and best practice
- there is less variation in patients’ experiences of accessing the services
- there is an improvement in patients’ diagnosis and treatment
- the service fosters learning and growth for the workforce
- a high calibre workforce is retained and attracted to work in the service
- there are increased opportunities for research
Progress to date
A Vascular Programme Board meets monthly and drives this work forwards. The Board consists of vascular surgeons, radiologists, clinical nurse specialists, patient representatives, service managers and commissioners.
The group has worked on creating a list of possible options for delivering vascular services across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
At the January 2019 meeting, the Board applied “hurdle criteria” to this long list of service delivery options. Hurdle criteria are conditions that must be met in order for an option to be shortlisted for further consideration. This exercise resulted in a shorter list of possible options for service delivery. These options are now being worked up in more detail in preparation for applying further criteria, as illustrated in the diagram below:
Vascular key messages
The key message briefings aim to keep stakeholders informed and up to date about the work of the Vascular Programme Board by regularly providing key messages and inviting your comments and views.