We launch partnership study with Brighton and Sussex Medical School
28 July 2017

Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Sussex Community launch partnership study to improve outcomes for people living with high blood pressure  

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) are working in partnership with the other local NHS providers, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GOST) and national universities to build research and inform clinical practice to improve health outcomes for people living with high blood pressure in a community setting.

The purpose of the study is to build on the international HYVET – Hypertension in the Very Elderly Trial. This innovative and prestigious research study will involve close working with SCFT community services, GPs, universities and local patients who live with high blood pressure (hypertension) who are cared for in the community/in their own homes.

This ground-breaking, multi-centred, international trial is expected to last up to three to four years, and is initially a collaboration among: BSMS, SCFT, Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust (BSUH), GOST, King’s College London, Imperial College London and the University of East Anglia Norwich.

Professor Rajkumar, Chair of Geriatric Care and Stroke Medicine at BSMS and Board Advisor at SCFT said: "There are many people living in the community with high blood pressure and the prevalence of hypertension increases with age. The benefits of treating this condition are not very clear, so this study should help inform policy around future clinical practice."

The study is expected to commence soon with the cooperation of the Local Comprehensive Research Network (LCRN) and will be conducted in primary care throughout Sussex and coordinated by the University of Sussex, BSUH and the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU).

Dr Richard Quirk, Medical Director, SCFT, is helping in the coordination of the trial. He said: “We are delighted to be part of this prestigious trial, to further research and improve clinical practice for older people living with high blood pressure. We will be working together with our community teams, local GPs and patients during the trial and we look forward to the published research following completion of the study.”

The name given to the study is: Treatment of white coat HYpertension in the Very Elderly Trial (HYVET 2) – feasibility study.

You can view online this journal article related to the original trial: Treatment of Hypertension in Patients 80 Years of Age or Older.