Identify & share Models of Care

This remit aims to identify, share and develop models of care, to support urban, remote and rural; primary, secondary and tertiary care heart failure services in Scotland, by creating a menu of ‘best practice’ that can be shared with all heart failure teams and in doing so will improve the care of patients in Scotland who have heart failure, through efficient and successful pathways.
In 2014/15, the remit team requested information on all heart failure pathways/models of care in existence throughout Scotland. The survey response rate was 100% – Thank you!
Examples of each pathway, collectively applicable to urban, remote and rural populations where possible, were collated. A menu of ‘Best Practice’ was then created and divided into 4 key themes:-

    • Diagnostic Pathways
    • Secondary Care Management
    • Interface with Specialities : Cardiac Rehabilitation, Palliative Care, Pharmacists, Psychology etc.
    • Reducing Readmission and Length of Stay

The vision for this remit is to continue to maintain up-to-date pathways information thus providing access to a national range of tools that can be locally adapted to avoid duplication of effort. If you have any questions, suggestions, or novel pathways that could be included in the future, please contact: Dr Clare Murphy


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Scottish National Advanced Heart Failure Service

Information about the Scottish National Advanced Heart Failure Service:

  • who to refer
  • contra-indications to cardiac transplant
  • MCS referrals for cardiogenic shock

2020 SNAHFS Referral

Details for routine and urgent referral to SNAHFS can be found here