How we engage our community

Listen Engage Influence

The voice and experiences of those fighting the daily battles of cardiovascular disease – amplified by our influence and expertise – can change lives.


  • Our efforts to improve front-line services and protect the UK’s research environment are supported by effective engagement; we will listen to patients and influence key decision-makers.
  • Our fight for every heartbeat is made even more powerful by working with and connecting our BHF communities. Our impact is greatest when we are able to engage decision-makers to support our fight, and when our supporters are empowered and motivated to help us promote our efforts in fighting heart disease.
  • We will engage with patients and other key stakeholders to shape our activities. We will work with national and regional governments to build and maintain support for heart disease research, and will influence senior decision-makers within the wider health sector to promote the implementation of research discoveries into clinical practice.


  1. To work with national and regional governments to make heart disease a priority for politicians and senior NHS decision-makers
  2. To actively engage patients, supporters and volunteers, health and research professionals, staff, and our partners to inform and shape our work
  3. To increase public perception that heart disease is a real and pressing problem that needs to be addressed now


  • We will engage the public, including through our network of shops, ensuring that research is recognised as the solution to the suffering caused by heart disease.

  • We will develop a stronger, more influential voice with senior decision-makers in government and the NHS.  

  • We will enhance our physical and digital touchpoints ensuring our supporters' experience meets their expectations.

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