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Past projects: Have a Heart Paisley

This section provides information on a past anticipatory care programme, Have a Heart Paisley, including information on the background to the programme and evaluations.

The National Coronary Heart Disease Demonstration Project, Have a Heart Paisley, was a Scottish Government-funded national health demonstration project (2001-2008) hosted by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. It was a partnership between the local community, primary and secondary care and the local authority.

The initial project was established to reduce heart disease and promote healthier, longer lives for the people of Paisley. It was one of four projects outlined in the Governments White paper ‘Towards a Healthier Scotland’.

The first phase of Have a Heart Paisley’s work focused on those with, and those most at risk of developing, heart disease and had a population-wide approach. All age groups were targeted with a wide variety of initiatives focussed on improving heart health. The aim was to help tackle these health factors by providing a united focus for action with a view to preventing ill health and encouraging the uptake of treatment where appropriate.

Have a Heart Paisley’s second phase (2005-2008) allowed a narrowing of focus and an opportunity to build on the learning from phase one. Targeting ‘at risk’ members of the community led to the establishment of three strands of work comprising of a:

  • primary prevention programme aimed at the 45-60 year old population
  • secondary prevention programme to deal with patients of any age who had already developed heart disease
  • cardiac rehabilitation strand offering a new, menu based programme at the Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital.

For further information, visit the evaluations of Have a Heart Paisley Phase Two.

Updated 29 July 2014

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