Blood Pressure Monitoring @home
The Blood Pressure Monitoring @home project is a collaboration between York CVS, Good Gym York and Haxby Medical Group who are part of NHS Vale of York CCG and run six GP surgeries in York. This new pilot aims to enable around 200 patients, with a diagnosis of high blood pressure, to have access to the equipment and support they need to monitor their own levels remotely at home.
For participants who don’t already have access to a blood pressure monitor at home, they will be encouraged to collect a free easy to use monitor from their GP surgery or alternatively can receive one free of charge via a GoodGymn York volunteer who will deliver to their home address as part of a GoodGymn “mission run”.
High blood pressure is a leading cause of a number of long-term conditions, and has been labelled a ‘silent killer’. It is the third biggest preventable cause of mortality in England after smoking and poor diet, and 1 in 4 people in the country are estimated to have it.
Patients in this pilot have all had a diagnosis of high blood pressure (hypertension), and are also clinically extremely vulnerable, meaning that during COVID they are unlikely to have had the regular blood pressure checks they would normally have had from their GP.
Become an NHS Health Check Mate Volunteer!
We’re currently looking for NHS Health Check Mate Volunteers to support patients over the phone.
- Sign patients up to the project.
- Ensure patients receive a simple home blood pressure monitor delivered to their address.
- Provide telephone support to enable patients to take and submit their blood pressure readings to
- Making a series of scripted telephone calls to patients.
- Using Excel spreadsheets and updating entries.
- Providing information, encouragement and support to patients.
- Providing regular updates to the project coordinator.
Skills and behaviours needed for the role:
- Active listening skills.
- Friendly, confident telephone manner with an ability to speak empathetically with a variety of people, in particular those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
- Numerate (ability to calculate basic averages).
- Good IT skills, including ability to use MS Office (Outlook, Excel and Word).
It is important to note that this is specifically NOT a clinical role and volunteers will ask specific questions only. Full training and induction will be provided.