We are pleased to announce that Heart2Heart has been shortlisted for a HSJ Care Integration Award 2013.  Our TalkingSpace service and staff from our Community Services Division have been working with the Cardiac Service at Oxford University Hospitals Trust and have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Cardiac Care category.

This is a Department of Health funded pathfinder project for cardiac patients and is aiming to shine a light on the best way forward to treat people with both physical and mental health conditions.

TalkingSpace is currently collaborating with the Trust’s specialist community nurses and the OUH cardiac service to provide psycho-educational sessions as part of the normal cardiac rehabilitation programme. Ongoing treatment is also provided in the cardiac setting, making it more accessible and acceptable for people. The project has seen some excellent joint working with the cardiac nursing team with some very promising early results.

Integrating physical and psychological care could potentially provide much better outcomes for patients, as well as significant savings for the NHS.  People with long term medical conditions are at a greatly increased risk of having a mental health problem – two to three times more likely than the general population.

The Heart2Heart cardiac project is subject to a national economic evaluation and will hopefully provide us with some valuable learning about how to provide integrated care to all patients with long term conditions.