Please find below an agreed position statement for defining and recording cardiac rehab sessions as agreed by the BACPR/NACR NCP_CR Steering Group . There are two parts to the statement - the first covering supervised outpatient CR and the second facilitated/structured self-managed CR.
NCP_CR Sessions definition
This definition applies to supervised outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) delivery only
In accordance with the BACPR Standards and Core Components, the NCP_CR recommend that the recording of CR sessions takes account of the core components of CR delivery. In practical terms this would mean that, for example, a structured exercise session followed by a structured education session, each targeting a key core component, would be recorded as two separate sessions on the NACR database.
A session should be provided by a member of your team (ie. not an onward referral to another service), and may be a group session, or a 1-1 session.
Examples may be - an exercise session, or education around smoking cessation, psycho-social, dietary advice.
This definition applies to facilitated and structured self-managed delivery e.g. home-based, web-based and hybrid programmes
In accordance with the BACPR Standards and Core Components, the NCP_CR recommend that the recording of CR sessions takes account of the core components of CR delivery. In practical terms this would mean that a facilitated session needs to include assessment and goal-setting of a key core component(s) i.e. exercise, diet, psychosocial etc. It should be facilitated by a competent healthcare professional within your team.
Where sessions are done outside the Core programme (ie. Early / Phase 1 or 2) then a similar criteria will apply: in that CR intervention related contacts (on the ward, or by telephone) will need to be done by a competent healthcare professional and take into account the Core Components.
With regards to education sessions these should be structured to achieve an optimal learning experience and align with each of the BACPR Core Components. Each education session should be delivered by a competent healthcare professional, within the Core Component topic area, in accordance with BACPR education delivery guidance (BACPR 2017 section 3.1.2 Education).