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Useful resources for health professionals.


Stay up to date with learning resources and guidelines for health professionals. 

Blood Pressure UK works with a range of professional organisations, with a strategic partnership with the BIHS (British and Irish Hypertension Society).

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Guidelines on high blood pressure

Find guidelines and protocols for preventing, diagnosing and treating high blood pressure and its related illnesses.

Hypertension in adults: diagnosis and management
NICE Clinical guideline [CG136] Published August 2019. 

Hypertension in pregnancy: diagnosis and management
NICE Clinical guideline [CG133] Published June 2019. 

The measurement of adult blood pressure and management of hypertension before elective surgery 
Joint Guidelines from the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland and the British Hypertension Society. Hartle, A; McCormack, T; Carlisle, J et al. First published January 2016.

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Hypertension in the Community
A Statement by the American Society of Hypertension and the International Society of Hypertension. Weber MA, Schiffrin EL, White WB et al Journal of Clinical Hypertension 2014:17, 14-26.

2003 World Health Organization (WHO) / International Society of Hypertension (ISH) statement on management of hypertension 
Whitworth JA1; World Health Organization, International Society of Hypertension Writing Group. J Hypertens. 2003 Nov;21(11):1983-92.

A global brief on hypertension: Silent killer, global public health crisis.
WHO April 2013


Guidelines on cardiovascular disease

Atrial fibrillation: management
NICE Clinical guideline [CG180] Published June 2014. Last updated August 2014.

Cardiovascular disease: risk assessment and reduction, including lipid modification
Clinical guideline [CG181] Published date: July 2014 Last updated: September 2016. 

Joint British Societies’ guidelines on prevention of cardiovascular disease in clinical practice and risk calculator
JBS 3: Prepared by: British Cardiovascular SocietyAssociation of British Clinical DiabetologistsBritish Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & RehabilitationBritish Association for Nursing in Cardiovascular CareBritish Heart Foundation, British and Irish Hypertension Society, British Renal SocietyDiabetes UKHEART UKThe Renal AssociationStroke Association. Published 2005.

Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. Pocket guidelines for assessment and management of cardiovascular risk
World Health Organization and International Society. Published 2007

Chronic kidney disease in adults: assessment and management (CG182)
Clinical guideline CG182. Published July 2014, Last updated January 2015.

Type 2 diabetes in adults: management (NG28) 
Clinical guidelines NG28. Published Decmeber 2015. Last updated August 2019



CVD prevention packs

Free cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention packs for health professionals from Public Health England (PHE). They provide detailed infromation on risk factors, detection, treatment and outcomes of high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation in your area in relation to national disease prevention ambitions.


Policies and action plans

Read the latest policies from the Government and advisory bodies.

High blood pressure: action plan 
Public Health England. Last updated January 2018. 

Cardiovascular disease prevention: action plan 
Public Health England. Last updated December 2018.

Potassium-based sodium replacers: assessment of the health benefits and risks of using potassium- based sodium replacers in foods in the UK
A Joint Statement from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment. Publised November 2017.


Study days and conferences

Opportunities to expand your knowledge on high blood pressure.

The British and Irish Hypertension Society (BIHS) have a list of upcoming study days and conferences.

Education for Health run a number of workshops and modules on cardiovascular disease. 


Professional organisations

These organisations provide professional information on the diagnosis, treatment and management of high blood pressure.

JBS3, the Joint British Societies for the prevention of cardiovascular disease
A board of societies and health professionals working to prevent cardiovascular disease. They have produced recommendations for GPs and practitioners for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, a risk calculator designed to help communicate the risk of CVD and benefits of interventions to patients, available online or as an app. 

British and Irish Hypertension Society (BIHS)
A forum for health professionals and scientists working in the field of hypertension and cardiovascular disease in the UK and Ireland. They provide a list of validated blood pressure monitors, a list of specialist hypertension referral centres, guidelines on blood pressure management, plus information, courses and conferences for health professionals.

European Society of Hypertension (ESH)
A platform for exchanging scientific information and ideas among scientists and health professionals in Europe. They host annual meetings, summer schools and specialist programmes, grants and awards for professionals working in the field of hypertension.

International Society of Hypertension (ISH)
Encourages advances in scientific knowledge to prevent and manage high blood pressure and the problems it causes. ISH provides researchers and healthcare professionals with information on the latest research, produces guidelines, holds international conferences and celebrates scientists with awards.

National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
An independent UK organisation that provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. They provide guidelines on the diagnosis and management of high blood pressure and related illnesses.

Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS CIC)
An organisation for all members of primary health care teams working to beat cardiovascular disease. They provide training for health professionals, hold regular meetings and forums, represent primary care at policy level, and lead and support research on cardiovascular disease in primary care.

World Hypertension League
A non-profit organisation comprised of 60 national societies who aim to prevent and control high blood pressure globally. They collaborate on international projects including May Measurement Month and the Global Hearts Initiative, and produce resources and publications for those working to prevent and treat high blood pressure.

World Health Organisation (WHO)
The WHO work with governments worldwide to combat diseases including non-communicable diseases such as heart disease. They run numerous health programs and produce guidelines for disease prevention and managements, for example, their Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases.

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