British Heart Foundation

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Wythenshawe Hospital & South Manchester Community


c/o Physiotherapy Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, Southmoor Road,
Manchester Greater Manchester M23 9LT

About the Programme

Our programme supports people diagnosed with a heart condition, is one of the longest-running in the country (1975) and was one of the first to offer cardiac rehabilitation for patients diagnosed with heart failure.
We were one of the first UK programmes to be certified as meeting the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) and National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR) minimum standards, 2015.
All the cardiac rehabilitation team are members of the British Heart Foundation Alliance Scheme which supports training and education

We provide a cardiac rehabilitation service for inpatients and outpatients at Wythenshawe Hospital and for outpatients at Burnage Healthcare Practice and Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre.

Patients are referred into the outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services by the cardiology liaison nurse specialist team, by GPs and cardiologists, from Wythenshawe Hospital heart failure clinic and from other hospitals.
Contacts for
Inpatient team Tel: 0161 291 4595 (answerphone out of hours)
Office hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

Hospital-based programme Laura Burgess & Michelle Collier
Cardiac Rehabilitation Team Managers & Clinical Specialist Physiotherapists
Physiotherapy Department
Wythenshawe Hospital
Southmoor Road
M23 9LT
Tel: 0161 291 2177 (answerphone out of hours) Office hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm
The Physiotherapy Department at Wythenshawe Hospital is based in the Yellow Zone in the Outpatients Department. It is accessed by Entrance 5.
If you require transport to attend your hospital assessment appointment, please enquire at your GP practice to arrange this. Please let us know if you intend to use the transport services so we can give you a suitable appointment time. If you are eligible to use the transport services then we can book further trips to and from the hospital.
The hospital-based programme is managed by clinical specialist physiotherapists with many years' experience of running cardiac rehabilitation. The service is delivered by a wide group of healthcare professionals including specialist nurses, an occupational therapist, specialist physiotherapists, cardiac pharmacists and dieticians as well as support workers and administration staff.

Community-based programmes
Louise Batey
Community Programme Manager
Tel: 0161 435 3531
Fax: 0161 217 3312
Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre
Woodhouse Park
M22 1QW
Burnage Community Health Care Centre
Burnage Lane
M19 1EW
The community-based programmes at Burnage Healthcare Practice and Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre are managed and run by a very experienced cardiac specialist nurse, together with specialist physiotherapists and support staff.

The main conditions treated are cardiovascular disease (CVD), coronary heart disease (CHD), heart valve disease, chronic heart failure and adult congenital heart disease (ACHD).
You may attend following:
a heart attack
a diagnosis of chronic heart failure
coronary artery bypass surgery
heart valve replacement and other heart surgery
implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy and cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT)
stable angina

Our aim is to provide a high-quality service to meet your personal needs and to make sure you can access the programme at the right time. Assessment appointments are offered as early as one week after discharge from hospital, or on referral, dependent on your diagnosis and your readiness to start the programme.
We will give you advice and support for positive lifestyle changes and provide you with a personal exercise plan.
Your programme is delivered in a safe, clinically supervised environment where we will monitor you for signs of any medical problems. We routinely measure your blood pressure and heart rate as well as keeping a check on how your medications may affect you. If needed we will liaise with your cardiologist, GP or other health professional to ensure good management of your health. We can also refer you to a dietitian, a stop-smoking clinic or alcohol specialist team dependent on your individual needs.
One third of patients recovering from heart disease or treatments will develop significant anxiety or depression; we offer support and treatment with our stress awareness and management course, one to one counselling or referral on to other appropriate services.

We interact and liaise both locally and nationally with our colleagues in cardiac rehabilitation. If you live outside our local area, we will ensure you receive the option for cardiac rehabilitation with a team close to your own home.


T: 0161 291 2177

Email For Referrals

What to expect
when you come

Inpatient services
Early cardiac rehabilitation assessment on the ward by a cardiac specialist nurse
Written and verbal information provided on heart attack, angioplasty, cardiac surgery and treatments including medication
Personalised planning to manage individual modifiable cardiovascular risk factors through lifestyle changes
Referral to stop-smoking clinics, alcohol specialist nurse team and dietitians

Outpatient services
Having received your referral information from the cardiology liaison specialist nurses, we will invite you for an assessment appointment. We should contact you within three working days of receiving your referral, with the aim of offering you an initial assessment within one to four weeks, depending on your cardiac event. If you are not ready to attend at that time, we will agree a time frame to contact you with a further offer of an assessment date.
We send confirmation in the post regarding the date, time and information relevant for your assessment appointment. You should start the exercise and/or the education sessions within one week of your assessment date.
You are welcome to bring a partner or a family member along with you for support.
During your assessment, a member of the cardiac rehabilitation team will talk to you about your personal needs and discuss your preferences regarding the various options/sessions available.
Your physical activity level will be assessed by asking you to do a simple activity test to help determine your personal exercise plan. If you have a particular disability, such as arthritis or limited mobility, the cardiac rehabilitation staff will help guide you when choosing appropriate options that best meet your specific needs.
We will also ask you to bring along the completed simple questionnaire(s) we sent to you with your appointment details. This information in particular will help us to support you with any difficult feelings you may be experiencing so we can offer you the appropriate emotional support.
Having identified your individual preferences and options, we will agree your clinical and specific goals. These will be documented on your personal care plan.

During the programme we will encourage you to self-monitor using the information that we provide. We will monitor and evaluate your progress and if necessary make adjustments to your personal plan. Your progress will be closely monitored and you will be advised how to return (or take up) general activities and hobbies you enjoy and also, when appropriate, plan your return to work with you.

Within the hospital-based programme other options include

Stress management course for you and your partner to attend is usually held for a group of up to nine patients in the Occupational Therapy department for four weekly 2 hour sessions.

Individual counselling (with the Occupational Therapist)

Individual Weight Management

Stopping Smoking Advice and/or Alcohol Support Services

How long does it take

Our hospital-based programme is 10 weeks. Exercise sessions are held once a week, with an education session being held before or after the exercise component.
We offer a variety of days and times to suit the individual, including morning and afternoon sessions.
We have a 'ladies only' class and specific classes for patients with heart failure.
Your partner or family member is welcome to attend with you.
Hospital-based programme timetable
Monday 1 - 3pm Mixed
Tuesday 1 - 3pm Ladies Only
Monday or Tuesday 2:15 - 4:15pm Mixed
Wednesday 9.45 - 12pm Heart Failure only
Wednesday 11 - 12pm High Supervision
Thursday or Friday 10 - 12pm Mixed

Our community-based programme is 9 weeks.
It is held at
Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre Thursday 9:30 - 11:30am
Burnage Healthcare Practice Wednesday 9:30 - 11:30 am

Topics covered during education group sessions are

How the heart works
How to manage risk factors of cardiovascular disease (CVD)
Physical activity and exercise
Healthy eating
Relaxation techniques
Healthy minds
Introduction to basic life support
Stress awareness and management
During these informal education sessions you will be able to ask any questions you may have.

We will encourage you to continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle, meeting or working towards your specific goals following your discharge from the programme. You will continue to be supported with your health and well-being by follow-up with your G.P, practice nurses in Primary Care and other community services as appropriate.

You can join the Bodyworks cardiac rehabilitation sessions held in the Physiotherapy gym at Wythenshawe Hospital on Monday and Wednesday at: 4:45 5:45pm & 5:45 6:45pm.

We can refer you to a range of community-based physical activity services as well as heart support groups dependent on where you live.

General information

The Department of Health target is 85% of eligible inpatients are offered cardiac rehabilitation; our inpatient team consistently offers cardiac rehabilitation to over 90% of eligible patients.

The Department of Health states that 50% of patients who complete a cardiac rehabilitation programme should be satisfied with the service; 95% of our patients consistently rate the quality of their experience of the hospital-based outpatient programme as very good or excellent.

We have strong links with The Ticker Club, an association of ex-cardiac patients from Wythenshawe Hospital. They support us by providing funds to help ensure vital patient information resources are available as well as gym & medical equipment for the exercise sessions.

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