MESSAGE TO CARDIOLOGISTS AND NURSES RUNNING CLINICS WHERE CARDIOMYOPATHY PATIENTS WILL BE IDENTIFIED AND TREATED
Cardiomyopathy UK has organised an Open Day to be held on 1st June 2019 at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, with booking through “eventbrite”. Our recent experience in England has shown real value in gathering together patients newly diagnosed with a cardiomyopathy, and providing them with information about their condition, their treatment, and medications, and giving them a chance to explore the issues that their new diagnosis has raised. It is also an opportunity for CM UK to explain the services, resources and support that the Charity offers.
Key to the success of this approach has been enlisting the help of cardiologists, clinic nurses and where appropriate ICC and heart failure nurses to publicise and promote the Open Day. To this end, the charity would like to provide fliers to be handed to new patients, and posters to be displayed in clinic waiting rooms. Probably most important though, is if one of the patient’s medical team has provided positive encouragement.
I hope you don’t mind me approaching you to ask for your help in this regard. Feedback from patients and carers shows clearly that they have really appreciated previous Open Days in England, and we are keen to offer a similar level of service here in Scotland.
New: I would like to bring to your attention that for the first time we are introducing a new full on line module called Principles of Contemporary Care in Chronic Heart Failure. This module is specifically designed for professionals who are not working at a specialist heart failure level but who would like to learn more about the principles of heart failure care. This would suit a full range of multi-disciplinary professionals (ward, community and allied health care) professionals who are supporting or are involved in the care of patients living with heart failure.
The existing CHF: Optimising Health and Wellbeing Masters Level Module will continue to be offered for professionals working at an advanced level in Chronic Heart Failure such as heart failure specialist nurses and will be delivered from both Glasgow and London from 2018 onwards.
The Heart Failure Palliative Care Masters Level Module is offered to a wide range of professionals who are involved in the care of patients and families living with and dying from advancing heart failure. This module is delivered from Glasgow Caledonian University from 2018.