Optimising hypertension treatment: NICE/BHS guideline implementation and audit for best practice

Released6 December 2013     Expires: 06 December 2015      Programme: Standalone learning with reflection modules 1 CPD/CME credit

Sponsorship Statement: The costs for the development of the supplement - on which this module is based - were met by a financial grant from Takeda UK Limited. See supplement for full sponsorship statement.

Learning objectives

This supplement examined:
• what GPS are currently doing in terms of local implementation of NICE/BHS guidance on hypertension
• how any implementation has impacted on the quality and outcomes framework (QOF), QIPP and good practice when treating high blood pressure
• the data underpinning any uncontrolled hypertensive patients and what percentage these represent
• the treatment pathway for patients uncontrolled despite dual therapy A+C or A+D
• what options GPs follow prior to referring to secondary care or adding a third agent.

The publication discussed:
• what services local GPs are commissioning for patients with hypertension
• what steps practices are taking before they refer patients into secondary care with uncontrolled hypertension
• what GPs will need to do differently in order to meet the tougher QoF targets introduced in April 2013.


Dr Terry McCormack General Practitioner, Whitby Group Practice, Whitby, North Yorkshire; Secretary, British Hypertension Society
Dr Chris Arden General Practitioner, Park Surgery, Chandlers Ford; GP with a Special Interest in Cardiology, Southampton
Dr Alan Begg General Practitioner with a Special Interest in Cardiology, Links Health Centre, Montrose, Angus; Honorary Lecturer, University of Dundee
Professor Mark Caulfield Director William Harvey Research Institute Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London
Dr Kathryn Griffith General Practitioner with a Special Interest in Cardiology, Unity Health, University Health Centre, University of York
Ms Helen Williams Consultant Pharmacist for Cardiovascular Disease, South London Cardiac and Stroke Network


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