GM CLAHRC launches new blood pressure self-monitoring project

To mark the start of the CLAHRC blood pressure self-monitoring project, GPs and health care professionals from across NHS Bury and NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan gathered for an introductory workshop at Ladybridge Hall in Bolton.

This workshop provided an opportunity for teams to learn more about the evidence around blood pressure self-monitoring direct from one of the country’s leading experts and practising GP, Professor Richard McManus. Richard, who is a Professor of Primary Care at the University of Oxford and leads the stroke theme of the Birmingham and Black Country CLAHRC, is one of a group of researchers who have shown that getting patients to monitor their own blood pressure can lead to beneficial reductions in blood pressure over and above those achieved via usual care.

Over the next twelve months, the nine GP practices involved in the project will work with the CLAHRC to identify how best to implement blood pressure self monitoring in routine care. Over the course of the project, amongst other things, they will work to:

  • Discover effective ways of getting patients to monitor their blood pressure
  • Establish systems to support these patients
  • Develop systems to make the best use of patients’ own blood pressure readings.

This will be the first time a project has looked at implementing blood pressure self-monitoring in a systematic way.

Richard McManus said: “There has been evidence to support the use of blood pressure self monitoring as a way of improving blood pressure control for some time. The CLAHRC project presents an exciting opportunity for us to understand how to translate the benefits of self monitoring into routine clinical practice.”

Pippa Tyrrell, Senior Lecturer in Stroke Medicine, said: “The CLAHRC implementation theme is all about getting published evidence into real life practice. We will be working with practices to find out what people with high blood pressure and clinical staff really think about self-monitoring and how we can learn from them to guide others in future. We are really grateful to Lloyds Pharmacy for the generous donation of 200 blood pressure monitors which we have given to the practices to get them started.”