Supporting Hearts and Minds programme

What is the Supporting Hearts and Minds programme?

This is a free programme designed to support people in their recovery from a cardiac diagnosis, event or procedure.  

The programme is delivered with the expert guidance of a Rehabilitation Specialist, using a combination of education and physical activity, as well as emotional wellbeing support. This will equip you with the knowledge and practical experiences to better manage your condition long term and achieve your goals.

As the UK’s largest healthcare charity, we are driven by our purpose to build a healthier nation. We recognise there’s an unmet need to support and help rehabilitate people with cardiac conditions, so we’re offering this programme for free. 

Our range of experts means we can offer personalised and tailored advice to help with rehabilitation, while supporting you on your journey back to good health and wellbeing. The programme includes educational topics such as heart and circulatory disease, emotional wellbeing, goal setting, improving sleep, healthy eating and how to improve your heart health.

Please note that you can only be referred to this programme by your clinician.

How does the programme work?

  • The programme runs for 20 weeks and is split into three phases:
    • Core phase: 8 weeks
    • Supported phase: 6 weeks
    • Maintenance phase: 6 weeks
  • Group activities and educational sessions run in a Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre
  • Sessions are led by our Rehabilitation Specialists and Emotional Wellbeing Therapists
  • Each group will have up to 10 participants
  • You'll have a free cardiac health check at the beginning, part way through, and at the end of the programme to show your progress
  • The programme is free of charge and gives you access to the gym for the Supported and Maintenance phases of the programme.

Is the programme for you?

If you've had any of the diagnoses or procedures below, then this programme is here to help you:

  • Heart attack
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)/stent
  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Stable angina
  • Peripheral arterial disease.

What does the programme involve?

Triage call

Once referred onto the programme by your clinician, you’ll be sent a pre-assessment questionnaire by email, before having a triage call with a Nuffield Health Chartered Physiotherapist to better understand your current heart health, medical history and physical activity levels.

This triage call is to ensure the programme is appropriate for your needs. If we don’t think the programme is suitable for your needs, your clinician will be notified of the reasons why. If suitable, the physiotherapist will set your goals and tailored programme, which will be delivered by a Rehabilitation Specialist.

Core phase: Weeks 1–8

  • Twice weekly group sessions: supervised activity in a gym or studio setting and group health education
  • 1-2-1 call with the rehabilitation specialist at weeks 2, 4 and 6
  • Group emotional wellbeing virtual sessions at weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7
  • Access to educational resources and a journal to track your activity.

Supported phase: Weeks 9–13

  • Once weekly group sessions: supervised activity in a gym or studio setting
  • Access to educational resources and a journal to track your activity
  • Complimentary membership to encourage independent exercise (unless you're already a gym member).

Maintenance phase: Weeks 14–20

  • Once weekly group drop-in sessions: drop-in activity in a gym or studio setting
  • Access to educational resources and a journal to track your activity
  • Complimentary membership to encourage independent exercise (unless you're already a gym member).
  • Additional resources

    You’ll also have access to our online information hub where you’ll find:

    • a journal with activities to support your rehabilitation journey
    • guided self-management techniques
    • online webinars with information on understanding and improving your heart health
    • additional reading.

    How can you take part in the programme?

    We are currently only accepting referrals from clinicians at the following NHS trusts, but we hope to add more sites soon. If you are a patient at one of these NHS trusts and you're interested in signing up for the programme, please speak to your GP and ask them to refer you.

    • Barts Health NHS Trust
    • Homerton Healthcare NHS Trust
    • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
    • Plymouth NHS Trust