Cardiac Rehabilitation Team

The South Tees cardiac rehabilitation team aims to provide an effective, efficient service and a high quality of care which is continuously appraised and improved by those delivering and receiving it.

We are a multi-disciplinary team which includes nurses, physiotherapists,  exercise professionals, health care assistants and clerical  staff. We are also supported by medical staff, pharmacists, dieticians and occupational therapists.  The team always strive to deliver the highest possible professional standards at all times ensuring our patients receive an efficient and effective service.

Our aim is to help people who have suffered a heart-related illness work towards healthier lifestyles. We hope that this lifestyle will be as rewarding, if not more rewarding, than before their illness.

We aim to deliver our service in a friendly, informative and non-judgmental way, placing our patient and his or her family at the centre of everything we do at all times.

The James Cook University Hospital is a tertiary centre providing inpatient care for cardiac patients admitted to the hospital from across the region, repatriating them to their local services for continuing cardiac rehabilitation.

After discharge patients living within the South Tees catchment area will be followed up by the South Tees cardiac rehabilitation service. If they reside in the Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland area this will be though the department at The James Cook University Hospital or Friarage Hospital Northallerton for those living within Hambleton and Richmondshire.

This service continues to develop in line with recommendations from the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease (2000), the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) (2012) and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2013). Visit the BACPR, the Department of Health or NICE websites for more details.

What is cardiac rehabilitation?

The process of helping people with a heart condition make any changes to their life and get back on their feet again – physically, emotionally, socially and vocationally. It helps in a number of ways.

  • Cardiac rehabilitation helps people to changes to their lifestyle.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation helps people to regain their confidence.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation helps people to recover psychologically.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation helps people to deal with social issues.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation helps people to live longer (BACR 2007)

Meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials has shown that cardiac rehabilitation reduces mortality by 20% (Taylor et al. 2004).

We hope that having completed our rehabilitation programme, patients and their families will feel happier, healthier and more confident, looking forward positively to a new lease of life.

Cardiac rehabilitation is free of charge.

Where are our services based?

The James Cook University Hospital and a range of community venues across Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland.

The Friarage Hospital, Northallerton and at the Friary Hospital in Richmond.


Cardiac rehabilitation is available locally for people who have had:

  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction / coronary)
  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery
  • Valve surgery
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI / angioplasty and stenting)

or who have been diagnosed with

  • Angina
  • Heart failure

During your hospital stay you will automatically be referred to the cardiac rehab team by a member of the nursing or medical staff on your ward or department. However, if you feel that you require cardiac rehabilitation but have not been referred to the service, please feel free to contact the cardiac rehabilitation team who will provide you with advice and support.

Patients are welcome to bring someone along to the sessions with them if they wish.

Contact details

Cardiac rehabilitation helplines

  • 01642 854644 (James Cook)

Who’s who

Clinical lead – Dr Neil Swanson
Manager – Louise Sarginson

The James Cook University Hospital

Cardiac Rehabilitation Department
The James Cook University Hospital 
Marton Road 
TS4 3BW  
Tel: 01642 854644 
Fax: 01642 854137 


Friarage Hospital

Cardiac Rehabilitation Department
Friarage Hospital
North Yorkshire
DL6 1JG 


Patient safety is paramount therefore qualified staff wishing to work in the field of cardiac rehabilitation are required to have a high level of experience and education including:

  • BSC (Hons) in a relevant subject
  • Teaching Certificate
  • Secondary Prevention Module run in conjunction with Teesside University.
  • Immediate Life Support
  • Heart Manual Facilitator Training
  • Basic Counselling Skills
  • BACPR Physical Activity and Exercise in the Management of Cardiovascular Disease :
  • Part I: Principles and practicalities
  • Part II: Advanced applications

Alongside this staff are encouraged to develop skills in particular areas of interest to them which allows us as a team to provide a holistic package of care to patients including:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Leadership
  • Service improvement

In conjunction with this all new members of staff receive a robust induction package with supervision and mentorship from an experienced member of staff.