Multiprofessional heart failure self-development framework

Paul Forsyth, Susan Young, Kirsty Hughes, Ruby James, Cheryl Oxley, Ruth Kelly, Rebecca Jones, Sarah Briggs, Lynn Mackay-Thomas, Yvonne Millerick, Maggie Simpson, Clare J. Taylor, Simon Beggs, Susan Piper, Simon Duckett*

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Objective: Heart failure remains a key public health priority across the globe. The median age of people with heart failure admitted to hospital in the UK is 81 years old. Many such patients transcend the standard interventions that are well characterised and evidenced in guidelines, into holistic aspects surrounding frailty, rehabilitation and social care. Previous published competency frameworks in heart failure have focused on the value of doctors, nurses and pharmacists. We aimed to provide an expert consensus on the minimum heart failure-specific competencies necessary for multiple different healthcare professionals, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and cardiac physiologists. Methods: The document has been developed focussing on four main parts, (1) establishing a project working group of expert professionals, (2) a literature review of previously existing published curricula and competency frameworks, (3) consensus building, which included developing a structure to the framework with ongoing review of the contents to adapt and be inclusive for each specialty and (4) write up and dissemination to widen the impact of the project. Results: The final competency framework displays competencies across seven sections; knowledge (including subheadings on heart failure syndrome, diagnosis and clinical management); general skills; heart failure-specific skills; clinical autonomy; multidisciplinary team working; teaching and education; and research and development. Conclusion: People with heart failure can be complex and have needs that require input from a broad range of specialties. This publication focuses on the vital impact of wider multidisciplinary groups and should help define the generic core heart failure-specific competencies needed to support future pipelines of professionals, who regularly interact with and deliver care for patients with heart failure.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere002554
Number of pages8
JournalOpen Heart
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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