Exercise & Education Programme for People with Heart Disease

Dunfermline and West Fife CHP run a successful exercise and education programme for people with heart disease. A bid for lottery funding was granted in January 2004. It has enabled Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist Anne McEwan to provide a comprehensive programme for people within the CHP area.

Following a Focus Group in 2003 with people with heart disease, the initial programme was developed.

Each programme runs for 12 weeks and between 10 and 15 people participate in each class. There is committment from other CHP staff including smoking cessation specialists, diabetes nurses, pharmacy staff and dietitians. There is also committment from outside agencies and that includes Fife Council Leisure Services, Bums off Seats and volunteers.

Each session has both an exercise and education element attached to it:



A circuit class is run by a qualified fitness instructor Val Castle who also has the British Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation Qualification.

On occasions Anne McEwan the Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist has also done led walks with a volunteer under the auspices of th Bums Off Seats project.



Topics include angina and its triggers, how to manage chest pain, blood pressure, diet, smoking/passive smoking and its effects, medication and individual medication reviews, erectile dysfunction, benefits of physical activity, diabetes, alcohol and relaxation

The first programme started on 5th January 2004 and was made up of the people who attended the Focus Group.


The 12 week programmes are well received with almost 100% attendance rates every week. To date approximately 134 people have attended a programme and the majority of them now attend a maintenance circuit class at one of the local leisure centres. A number of new maintenance classes have been set up by the leisure services staff to accomodate this group of people.

Recently programmes have been held at Oakley and High Valleyfield Community Centres. This kind of programme had not been tried in this setting before. Because of the setting of these classes, there was quite a large turn out of people. This led to 4 classes being run. Each class had approximately 10 people attending. A maintenance class has now been established in Oakley Community Centre.

Evaluation of the programmes, via Quality of Life questionnaires, shuttle walking tests and pre/post programme questionnaires has shown improvements in all areas of health for participants.

For more information please contact Anne McEwan on 01383 565166


For more information contact

NHS Fife, Switchboard 
Tel: 01592 643355
By Post: NHS Fife, Hayfield House Hayfield Road Kirkcaldy Fife KY2 5AH


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