Resources for Primary Care

To support the optimisation of lipid management, as part of our broader work to reduce the prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD), we have created a number of educational resources for healthcare professionals working in primary care which can be downloaded below.

We regularly host events and we’re always happy to provide additional education for healthcare professionals. If you work in the North East and North Cumbria and would like to find out more about the training we offer please contact Nikki Holdsworth 

Pharmacy Technician’s Role in Lipid & Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) Optimisation – process map

The aim of this process map is to provide Pharmacy Technicians, along with other healthcare professionals, with the tools and resources to identify, risk stratify and review patients requiring lipid optimisation. Please contact [email protected] for further information.

Download the process map

Lipid optimisation how to guide

This lipid optimisation ‘how to’ guide has been created to support pharmacy technicians and other healthcare professionals working within a GP practice. The guide contains a number of tools and resources to help you to identify, risk stratify and review patients requiring lipid optimisation, including those with the genetic condition Familial Hypercholesterolemia.

Download the how to guide

Lipid management competency framework

This document lists the competencies for the National Lipids Programme Workforce Support Programme for healthcare professionals supporting patients with lipid optimisation. The competencies have been developed based on the Summary of National Guidance for Lipid Management for Primary and Secondary Prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Competencies have been mapped to roles within general practice.

Download the competency framework

Other resources for Pharmacy technicians 

Utilising the role of the Pharmacy Technician to reduce primary care pressures – a blog from Tracy Marshall

Podcast – Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Lipid Management – Inclisiran

Lipid Lowering and Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

This will help practices with the 23/24 QOF.

Download the SOP.

Handbook for Lipid Optimising

The purpose of this document is to provide a reference for primary care to help support the implementation of lipid optimisation.

Download the handbook.

Northern England Evaluation and Lipid Intensification (NEELI) Guidelines

Guidelines include information across the whole of the lipid pathway including FH.

Template letters

Please click the below links to download the letters.

An introduction to lipid management in primary care – QOF tips in 7 minutes

In this video, Professor Ahmet Fuat, GPSI in Cardiology, explains how practices can treat patients in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Ahmet provides practical advice for GP practices about how to optimise lipid management support for patients.

Professor Ahmet Fuat – introducing inclisiran into the Lipid Management Pathway

In this video for GPs and healthcare professionals, GP, Professor Ahmet Fuat, describes using the novel therapy Inclisiran in the lipid management pathway for the first patients in the North East and North Cumbria.

Dr Stewart Pattman, Inclisiran – Optimising Lipid Management

In this video, Dr Stewart Pattman, Lipid Clinic Clinical Lead for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, shares his knowledge of the novel therapy Inclisiran as an option for patients on the Lipid Management Pathway.

Dr Phil Jennings – Inclisiran explained: an innovative new treatment for people at risk of cardiovascular disease

In this video for GPs and healthcare professionals, Dr Phil Jennings, Chief Officer of the Innovation Agency and AHSN Network Lead for the Rapid Uptake Products, explains to Caroline Kenyon how the treatment works.

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Lipid Management – Inclisiran

In this podcast, CVD Prevention Lead and Regional Coordinator, Nikki Holdsworth, talks to Barry Todd – a North East Pharmacist Practitioner and Wallsend Pharmacy Lead, and Matthew Hart – a Specialist Clinical Pharmacist with The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Trust, who are involved in lipid optimisation and management, and have experience of initiating and managing patients novel therapy Inclisiran.


Practice Nurse 2022 – A new lipid pathway: its relevance for primary care

The British Journal of cardiology – New opportunity for cholesterol lowering: inclisiran

The British Journal of cardiology -Inclisiran: testing a population health management methodology to implement a novel lipid treatment

The British Journal of cardiology – Inclisiran: its clinical position in lipid management

Novartis resources

MIMS learning modules

Inclisiran learning & resources: HCP downloadable resources and HCP videos

Inclisiran: dosing and administration guide

How inclisiran works

PRESQuipp Webinar with Helen Williams (Consultant Pharmacist) – Lipid Lowering and the role of Inclisiran

Watch the recording


Dr Stewart Pattman and Catherine Tucker, PCSK9 inhibitors – Optimising Lipid Management

In this video, Dr Stewart Pattman, Lipid Clinic Clinical Lead, and Catherine Tucker, Senior Clinical Pharmacist at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, share their knowledge of the PCSK9 inhibitor, as an option for patients on their Lipid Management Pathway.

Educational resources regarding the secondary care administered PCSK9i drug:

What is FH? film

An animated, 2 minute video for patients explaining what is FH has been developed in collaboration with Heart UK, their ambassadors and the Northern Genetics Service.

Blog from Dr Raj Bethapudi about managing hypertension targets

To support PCNs to manage their hypertension targets, Dr Raj Bethapudi, GP and co-chair of the ICB CVD Prevention Network, has shared some tips in this blog.

UCLPartners Proactive Care Framework for hypertension

The Proactive Care Framework for hypertension helps primary care teams to improve blood pressure and broader CVD risk management, particularly lipids, in people with hypertension. It was developed by our partner AHSN, UCLPartners.

To support local teams in NENC to implement this resource, we have produced a ‘how to use your workforce differently’ resource. Download the resource here.


Tackling Cholesterol Together education programme

HEART UK has partnered with the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) and Health Innovation Network to provide a comprehensive and varied education programme for healthcare professionals.

View the Tackling Cholesterol Together resources.

You can also find out about upcoming events on our events page and recordings of previous events on our Youtube channel, which also hosts a number of resources as mentioned above.

We’re always happy to provide additional education events. If you’re a healthcare professional in the North East and North Cumbria and would like us to present at your event or meeting please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

HI NENC produces a quarterly CVD bulletin which includes a round up of the support available to primary care including news, funding opportunities and events. Click the links below to view the newsletters and sign up.

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Education resources

Primary Care Cardiology Society (PCCS) website – CVD academy (FREE sign up available for any HCP)

British Journal of Cardiology: Lipids e-learning modules Sign up for free on website; 4 modules and an overview (5 CPD credits)

Patient resources

Cardiovascular diet checklist from Heart UK  Use this diet checklist to help you and your patient assess the quality of their diet and identify which improvements could be made to help optimise cholesterol-lowering and heart health. It should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.


British Journal of Cardiology – Conversations on cholesterol: evaluating the role of LDL-cholesterol reduction in ASCVD