Fri 10 May, 2019

Managing Advanced Heart Failure

The acknowledged difficulties of prognostication in heart failure can sometimes mean that patients are not referred to palliative care in a timely way, or that the potential need for cardiac device deactivation is not dealt with in a calm, proactive way. Clinicians in palliative care can feel that they do not have enough cardiac expertise. Cardiac clinicians can feel that they do not have advanced communication skills to discuss advance care planning or device deactivation. The best care for people coping with advanced heart failure is achieved when all clinicians caring for the patient – including members of the heart failure and palliative teams, work collaboratively to share their expertise.

This study day will be useful to clinicians of all disciplines working in hospital or community settings who deal with people who have chronic heart failure and are struggling with symptoms of heart failure.

Price: 125 euros

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Location: Marymount Hospice, Cork

Educational Credits: 6 Continuing Education Units from the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)& 6 Continuing Professional Development Points from the Royal College of Physicians Ireland (RCPI)


HELEN JACKSON is a Consultant Nurse working in the Oxford Universities NHS Foundation Trust based in secondary care. Her background is in psychiatry, general intensive care and cardiology services. Since 2006 has been working in the specific field of heart failure and has a particular interest in education and collaborative working for the benefit of patients with advanced heart failure.

KATE BUTCHER is a registered nurse and the Education Lead at OxCERPC. She has a background in community nursing, and is passionate about staff of all levels and disciplines improving their communication skills. She has developed successful Intermediate and Enhanced level communication skills courses, and a new refresher course for those who undertook advanced skills courses several years ago. She is also interested in Psychospiritual care and has contributed to a book on the topic published in 2017.

Dr RONAN CURTIN is a consultant cardiologist at Cork University Hospital, Ireland. He graduated from University College Cork in 1995 and completed his Higher Specialist Training in Cardiology in Ireland in 2005, followed by an Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship in Cleveland Clinic from 2005 to 2007. He was an associate staff cardiologist in the section of Cardiovascular Imaging, Cleveland Clinic from 2007 to 2009, before returning to Ireland. He was awarded a postgraduate Masters Degree in Cardiology in 2002 from Trinity College, Dublin; a Young Investigator Award by the European Society of Cardiology in 2003; and a Medical Doctorate by Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2010.

Course Programme

Please note: timings may change

9.00 – 10.15 Overview of Heart Failure
10.15 – 11.15 Linking symptoms to cause & difficulties with prognostication
11.15 – 11.30 coffee
11.30 – 13.00 Medications and case studies
13.00 – 13.45 Lunch
13.45-14.00 Questions?
14.00 - 15.00 Devices in Heart Failure
15.00 – 15.15 Tea
15.15 – 16.15 The reality
16.15 – 16.30 Evaluations and close

Course Aims

By the end of the day participants will
• Demonstrate and increased understanding of the syndrome of heart failure
• Identify links between symptoms and causes
• Explain Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy and describe different devices
• Simulate pharmacological management of Heart Failure including medicine rationalisation
• Apply learning to case study

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previous participants have said…

Excellent speakers – very informative, case study very useful


Well structured


All sessions engaging and thought provoking

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