All Wales Cardiac Rehab App

Andrew Scard

Background to the Project

Cardiac Rehab has traditionally been a Face to Face service, unfortunately if a patient was unable to attend the service site they would often be discharged back to their GP with no exercise and education. This could mean they missed out on the vital help they require post event. This was mainly due to a lack of Virtual options and staff to create and deliver another aspect of the service.

The Project

This project aims to create an app digital resource for Wales Cardiac Rehab services.  The app would not only turn Cardiac Rehab into a more menu-based service for patients (as stated in the health boards values and behaviours framework and outlined in clinical futures) but would also help to enable more patients to access Cardiac Rehab services across Wales. The app would include Exercise program videos to follow, education videos from across four key specialities (Exercise, Nursing, OT and Dietitian), local health board contact information and local follow on Phase IV exercise classes as well as charity information drawing upon principles of social prescribing.

Anticipated benefits

Prior research has suggested an app would make it simpler for people to access a digital resource by simply getting them to touch a screen to access content rather than have to search through the internet. In turn it would increase the total number of patients who receive a comprehensive rehab post event by reducing waiting time for patients to start their rehab by allowing them to exercise safely at home before their face to face sessions begin, compliment their face to face sessions, do their rehab entirely remotely at home and allow them to utilise the resources beyond their rehab and maintain a healthier lifestyle moving forward and reducing their risk factors to prevent further events.