Earlier this year, Beat SCAD Trustee, Harriet Mulvaney, met with the BHF in Wales to discuss how Beat SCAD could work with them to help raise the profile of SCAD patients and their treatment in Wales.
Elections for the Welsh Parliament, the ‘Senedd’, will be held in 2021 and ahead of this, BHF Cymru are currently engaged in activity to build their long-term strategy to influence politicians.
One of the key aspects of this work is bringing attention to the gender gap that exists when treating heart patients. Research has shown that women are treated differently, and often with poorer outcomes.
Harriet (right) was asked by BHF Cymru’s Policy and Communications teams to help contribute to an article on this topic, to appear in an influential publication by the think tank, the Institute of Welsh Affairs. This article, ‘Closing the gender gap: treatment of heart patients in Wales’, appeared in the Spring/Summer 2020 edition, #Rethinking Wales. Click here to read it and scroll to page 40.
Harriet is continuing to work BHF Cymru on a number of smaller projects, including a social media campaign to encourage heart patients in Wales to access the BHF resources available to them during COVID-19 lockdown.
Harriet hopes that building stronger ties with BHF Cymru will lead to a long-term relationship that can help Beat SCAD continue to raise awareness and support patients living in Wales.