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Advanced Heart Failure Course

Key information

► Course options, duration and fees

The course is available as one of two options:

I. Lecture series only • 3 days (Fri/Sat/Sun) • £400

II. Full course* (lecture series + 3 week observership) • Price to be agreed on enquiry.

*  Fees are non-profit and go towards running the course and cardiovascular research.

► Who this course is for?

Cardiology trainees, heart failure nurses, pharmacists, Intensivists, and cardio thoracic surgeons with an interest in heart transplantation.

► Location

Lecture series: MS Teams (online).

Observership: Harefield Hospital, London, UK (onsite).

► Next course date

The next online lecture series is coming soon…

Introduction

The purpose of this course is to provide a structured programme which covers the core competencies in the field of advanced heart failure and heart transplant medicine. It covers defined learning objectives set out by International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board and European Society of Cardiology curricula for the subspecialty.

Aligned with our teams core value of “sharing our knowledge”, this programme intends to develop experts in the field of advanced heart failure. The national and international curricula exist have been developed for trainee or postgraduate doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health care professionals.

The course structure is designed to deliver these curricula requirements through a combination of lecture series, observership within Harefield Hospital heart transplant unit, and participation within multi-disciplinary meetings.

Course description

Course options, duration, cost and location

The course is available as one of two options:

I. Lecture series only • 3 days (Fri/Sat/Sun) • £400 • MS Teams Online

II. Full course* (lecture series + 3 week observership) • Price to be agreed on enquiry • MS Teams (online) and Harefield Hospital, London, UK (onsite) (weekend lecture series • week 1 clinic • week 2 on the ward • week 3 catheter laboratory). The observership is subject to availability.

*  Fees are non-profit and go towards running the course and cardiovascular research.

Delegates in the lecture series will have the chance to participate in a series of lectures delivered by an expert faculty.

Delegates who will in addition enrol onto the obervership will rotate through wards (high dependency unit and intensive care unit), clinic (heart failure, transplant, and LVAD clinic) and cath lab over a 3 week period. During this time they will be exposed to in patient and out-patient cases as well as advanced heart failure multidisciplinary team meetings. The timing of the observership will be dependent on delegate and hospital availability.

Course timetable

Lecture series sample timetable • Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Day one

Session one

30mins State of the nation (heart failure where have we been and where are we going)
30mins Diagnosis of heart failure
30mins Management of HFwrEF – medication
30mins Management of HFwpEF – medication
30mins pacing therapy for HF
30mins State of the art lecture – latest clinical trials in heart failure

Session two

30mins Definition, aetiology and epidemiology of advanced heart failure
30mins Prognosis and prognostication
30mins Management of heart failure in the emergency room
30mins Inotropes and vasopressors
30mins Management of advanced heart failure in clinic

Day two

Session one

30mins CPEX test – interpretation
30mins Right heart cath interpretation
30mins Rehab and frailty and advanced heart failure surgery
30mins Psychological support for transplant and LVAD therapy
30mins Diet and nutrition assessment for Tx and LVAD surgery
30mins Oxygen therapy and/or ventilatory support

Session two

30mins Heart transplantation history
30mins Survival and complications post-transplant
30mins Transplant assessment – indications and contraindications
30mins Transplant immunosuppression
30mins Donor selection – DBD/DCD
30mins Transplant immunology
30mins Rejection histopathology
30mins Transplant rejection diagnosis and management

Day three

Session one

30mins LVAD history indications and contraindications
30mins LVAD survival and complications
30mins Management of LVAD complications VAD thrombosis, infection, bleeding
30mins short term mechanical support VA ECMO
30mins short term mechanical support Impella
30mins short term mechanical support Levotronix VAD
30mins Transplant and LVAD surgery
30mins Palliative care support in HF

Observership sample timetable • weeks two, three and four

    Ward    
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8amITU handoverITU handoverITU handoverITU handoverITU handover
9amtransplant handovertransplant handovertransplant handovertransplant MDTtransplant handover
10amconsultant ward roundregistrar ward roundconsultant ward roundtransplant MDTconsultant ward round
11amconsultant ward roundregistrar ward roundconsultant ward roundtransplant MDTconsultant ward round
12pmITU ward roundITU ward roundITU ward roundtransplant MDTITU ward round
1pm imaging MDT ITU ward round 
2pm  triage MDTDSA MDT 
4pm  physician MDT  
5pm     
  Clinic      
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8am     
9amTransplant clinicTransplant clinicTransplant clinictransplant MDT 
10amTransplant clinicTransplant clinicTransplant clinictransplant MDT 
11amTransplant clinicTransplant clinicTransplant clinictransplant MDT 
12pmTransplant clinicTransplant clinicTransplant clinictransplant MDT 
1pm imaging MDT   
2pmadvanced heart failure clinicadvanced heartfailure LVAD clinictriage MDTDSA MDTadvanced heartfailure LVAD clinic
4pmadvanced heart failure clinicadvanced heartfailure LVAD clinicphysician MDT advanced heartfailure LVAD clinic
5pmadvanced heart failure clinicadvanced heartfailure LVAD clinic  advanced heartfailure LVAD clinic
    Catheter Lab    
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8am     
9am  catheter labtransplant MDTcatheter lab
10am  catheter labtransplant MDTcatheter lab
11am  catheter labtransplant MDTcatheter lab
12pm  catheter labtransplant MDTcatheter lab
1pm imaging MDTcatheter lab catheter lab
2pm catheter lab alternate weekstriage MDTcatheter lab 
4pm catheter lab alternate weeksphysician MDTcatheter lab 
5pm catheter lab alternate weeks catheter lab 

Course syllabus

  • Definition, aetiology and epidemiology of advanced heart failure
  • Prognosis and prognostication in heart failure
  • Management of heart failure in the emergency room
  • Inotropes and vasopressors
  • Management of advanced heart failure in clinic
  • CPEX test – interpretation
  • Right heart cath interpretation
  • Rehab and frailty and advanced heart failure surgery
  • Psychological support for transplant and LVAD therapy
  • Diet and nutrition assessment for Tx and LVAD surgery
  • Oxygen therapy and/or ventilatory support
  • Heart transplantation history
  • Survival and complications post-transplant
  • Transplant assessment – indications and contraindications
  • Transplant immunosuppression
  • Donor selection
  • Transplant immunology
  • Rejection histopathology
  • Transplant rejection diagnosis and management
  • LVAD history indications and contraindications
  • LVAD survival and complications
  • Management of LVAD complications VAD thrombosis, infection, bleeding
  • Short term mechanical support VA ECMO
  • Short term mechanical support Impella
  • Short term mechanical support Levotronix VAD
  • Transplant and LVAD surgery
  • Palliative care support in HF
  • Heart Failure epidemiology
  • Heart Failure diagnosis
  • Management of HFwrEF – medication
  • Management of HFwpEF – medication
  • Pacing therapy for HF

Entry requirements

I. Lecture series only – candidates must be undergraduates or postgraduates.

II. Full course (lecture series + observership) – candidates must be undergraduates or postgraduates and will need to go through occupational and security health checks.

For the observerships, candidates will need to go through occupational and security health checks. They must also show a clear capacity to benefit from the course for their career development (assessed in their application form and curriculum vitae).

Fees

The course is available as one of two options:

I. Lecture series only • 3 days (Fri/Sat/Sun) • £400 • MS Teams Online

II. Full course* (lecture series + 3 week observership) • Price to be agreed on enquiry. • MS Teams (online) and Harefield Hospital, London, UK (onsite) (weekend lecture series • week 1 clinic • week 2 on the ward • week 3 catheter laboratory). The observership is subject to availability.

* Fees are non-profit and go towards running the course and cardiovascular research.

Accreditations, endorsements and partners

The Advanced Heart Failure course is:

  • Endorsed by British Society of Heart Failure (BSH) and and British Cardiovascular Society (BCS).
  • Joint sessions with The Heart Failure Association(HFA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).
  • Supported by Harefield Hospital.
  • Scholarships funded by Abbott.
british society for heart failure
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Faculty

The course faculty comprises of specialists within Harefield Hospital heart transplant unit and international experts.

Register

Please complete the form to register your interest to join The Advanced Heart Failure Course.

The next online lecture series is coming soon…

Once we receive your registration, we will email you to confirm your place and to explain the next steps.

The course is available as one of two options:

I. Lecture series only • 3 days (Fri/Sat/Sun) • £400

II. Full course * (lecture series + 3 week observership) •  Price to be agreed on enquiry. The observership is subject to availability.

* Fees are non-profit and go towards running the course and cardiovascular research.