Heart Failure Community of Practice

We are inviting anyone with an interest in the care of those living with and dying from heart failure to join our community of practice.

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Event overview

  • 11 Jun, 2024
    Online learning each month
  • 1.5 hours
  • Various
  • Free
  • Funding from The Burdett Trust for Nursing

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We are inviting anyone with an interest in the care of those living with and dying from heart failure to join our community of practice.

This is an online community, bringing together individuals and teams to share knowledge and experiences in a supportive and inclusive environment, with the aim of enhancing the experiences of life, death, dying and loss for those with heart failure and their families, friends and carers.

This will be an interactive series of 6 topics including case based discussions and teaching from people working in the fields of heart failure and palliative care.  Please do sign up and join our community and bring examples of practice which we can support with and all learn together.

What will I learn?

There are 6 online sessions in total. The last session is Tuesday 11th June. If you join you will get access to all previous recordings.

All online sessions:

Wednesday 24th January3.00 – 4.30pmLikely trajectory
Tuesday 13th February12.30 – 2.00pmMeaningful conversations
Wednesday 6th March3.00 – 4.30pmSymptom management in heart failure
Wednesday 10th April3.00 – 4.30pmSymptom management EOL in heart failure
Wednesday 8th May3.00 – 4.30pmICDs
Tuesday 11th June12.30 – 2.00pmChanging focus of rehabilitation

Who is it for?

  • Palliative care teams
  • Heart failure teams
  • Clinicians working in either specialty
  • Primary care colleagues
  • Clinicians working in complex care or rapid response teams
  • Clinicians working in urgent care

What will this community look like?

As part of an ongoing project to enhance the palliative care experiences of people living with and dying from heart failure, we want to build a community of practice to help engage professionals, recognise the unique needs of this group of people and consider ways together to create person centred and integrated care across disciplines, organisations and specialties.

By attending this community of practice you will:

  • Be aware of the palliative care needs of people living with and dying from heart failure with an increased understanding of when to refer to palliative care services.
  • Be confident in basic symptom management arising from advancing heart failure.
  • Know more about how to optimise quality of life for people living with heart failure.
  • Be prepared to engage in courageous and sensitive conversations about future care options and decisions.
  • Be clear about timing and approach for challenging conversations and decisions related to deactivation of ICDs and similar.

Isobel Jackson

Isobel is a palliative heart failure advanced practitioner at St Christopher’s and has worked in palliative care for approximately eight years and supporting people living with heart failure for three of those years. Her background is mostly in community palliative care but also acute and intensive care.
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Joy Ross

Dr Joy Ross

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Christopher’s Dr Joy Ross trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School. She completed her PhD at Imperial College, London, studying the pharmacogenetics of response to opioids. She has worked as a Palliative Care Consultant at St Joseph’s Hospice, London and then at the Royal Marsden and Royal Brompton Palliative Care Service. She is currently working at St Christopher’s Hospice with a specialist interest in developing palliative care services for the frail elderly and those with non-malignant disease including heart failure.
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Fiona Hodson

Fiona Hodson

Consultant Nurse Fiona trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’. She initially worked at St Christopher’s Hospice with Dame Cicely Saunders. She then specialised in cardiology for 26 years including setting up cardiac rehab services, running cardiac support groups and as a valvular research nurse. She then worked as a heart failure CNS both in hospital and running clinics in GP practices. In 2005 she was part of a joint research project between palliative care and cardiology, exploring the palliative care needs of heart failure patients. She then moved to work as a community palliative care CNS at Guys. In 2017…
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