The Community Heart Failure Specialist Nurse Service is a team of expert cardiac nurses, supported by the British Heart Foundation, providing management, treatment and support for patients, their families and carers living with heart failure in the community. This is achieved through provision of evidenced based therapies, liaison with primary and secondary care colleagues, referral to other services and following NICE guidelines for the management of chronic heart failure (CG108 2010).
The nurses support patients at all stages of their disease pathway to ensure optimisation of all treatments available. This can include assessing the suitability for referral to cardiac rehabilitation in order to maximise the patients functional capacity or identifying if further therapies such as implantable devices are required, liaising with and referring to Cardiology colleagues where appropriate.
In the latter stages of the disease, the nurse will identify, instigate and coordinate supportive palliative and end of life care. This is done through advanced care planning and by involving and working with wider health and social care teams including the local hospice.
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