Project Background

The Heart & Stroke Information Point website provides information about heart disease and stroke conditions. The project is funded by The Big Lottery Fund and is developed by NHS Tayside in partnership with Dundee University and Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland.

The website is aimed at everyone but in particular those people who live with heart disease or a stroke condition such as patients, carers, relatives and friends.

The website is a source of information to support patients, carers, health professionals and the general public on topics such as prevention, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

A project Steering Group was established in 2004 and comprises of:

  • Patient representatives affected by heart and stroke disease
  • Health professionals involved in caring for patients affected by heart and stroke disease
  • Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland representative

The group meets on a quarterly basis to review project plans and progress.

What does the project involve?

The project team meets with patients, carers and support groups to explore the information topics they would like to see available on the website.

The project team then meets with clinical and professional groups involved in the care of people affected by heart disease and/or stroke conditions to develop or revise information.

Involving patients and carers

Patients and carers are involved in project in a variety of ways.  These include developing the website logo, being part of the project steering group, participating in stakeholder events, focus groups and user evaluations.  For further information, please visit the User Involvement section.

Two former patients sit on the project steering group and kindly agreed to give some feedback about what it’s been like to be involved in the Heart & Stroke Information Point.

Involving Health Professionals

Health professionals are involved in the project through the Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke Managed Clinical Network groups, Focus Groups and Stakeholder Events. Health professionals involved in the development of the website include:

  • Nursing staff
  • Doctors
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Dieticians
  • Occupational therapists