If you are a healthcare professional working within the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership footprint come and join the ‘Marvellous Mentor’ programme at a launchpad events across Greater Manchester.
We know heart failure is the “Cinderella Syndrome” and people generally do not know what it is and what the symptoms are so how do we expect people to know what to do?
Heart Failure is not on the lips of the NHS. There is a lack of focus on what we know works. The evidence points to the following actions which we have known about for many years and were summarised in the NICE Chronic Heart Failure Guidelines 2010; it is now 2018 and we are still not doing what we should be. In the recent 2018 Heart Failure Specialist Nursing Audit, which covered around 85% of teams across the UK only 70% of those teams had Natriuretic Peptide testing for diagnosis, a strong recommendation to use this simple blood test has been in the above guidelines since 2010. Heart Failure in primary care and community services is clearly not on the agenda.
Getting GP surgeries, community teams and services along with care homes and the voluntary sector to understand some of the basics is imperative.
• Recognition of signs and symptoms of heart failure
• The significance of taking a good patient history
• The simple blood test rule- natriuretic peptides
• Highlight the referral pathway
• Highlight supportive services for heart failure patients via a directory of services
• Promotion of the Marvellous Mentors Programme
• The promotion of patient education and self-care tools developed by the PMF
Marvellous Mentors is a project where the patient charity, the Pumping Marvellous Foundation is working in partnership with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to focus on the following aims:
• To promote the early detection of heart failure and associated symptoms
• To provide appropriate patient information, education and self-care tools
• To upgrade and elevate heart failure and its underlying aetiology within both the clinical and social care community as well as the general public
• To promote the concept of mentorship which may consist of peer to peer, patient to clinician, health professional to patient and vice versa, delivered via the Marvellous Mentorship Kite Mark Programme
• Identify and address inequalities in heart failure across GM
We believe that by building awareness of the basics in heart failure to generalist doctors, nurses and care home teams we can have a profound effect on helping people with heart failure and their families live better.
For further information, visit: http://pumpingmarvellous.org/marvellous-mentors/
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