Community Heart Failure Management Programme
The west of Ireland developed a model of heart failure (HF) care, the Community Heart Failure Management Programme (CHaMP), where HF specialist nurses follow up with patients.
Each nurse provides services in several primary care locations across County Galway, and during home visits. One of the nurses in the programme is a prescribing nurse, which has been essential for the full realisation of the benefits of the programme.
HF specialist nurses provide structured education, treatment aligned with clinical guidelines and interventions to support the person living with HF and their family. They can refer patients to a specialist, if needed, which reduces the waiting time for the appointment.
This innovative service ensures that patients are consistently monitored and treated in a timely manner within their own community and in collaboration with hospital services.
Links, references, and key reading
The Health Policy Partnership. 2016. Heart Failure Country Barometer: Ireland. London: HPP