Specialist nurses

BHF Nurse

The 2012/13 National Heart Failure Audit recommends specialist care input for all people with heart failure. The figures show that for those who received no specialist input, mortality stood at 14.4 per cent, whilst for those who did receive specialist input, the mortality rate was just 7.5 per cent.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) funds heart failure specialist nurses. An evaluation of BHF heart failure specialist nurses showed that they significantly improved the quality of life of their patients. The evaluation also showed that the work of heart failure nurses led to a 35 per cent drop in admissions and this resulted in an estimated £1,826 saving per patient to the NHS.

Many people with CVD, however, continue to receive no specialist input.

What needs to happen?

All local health bodies must ensure that there are enough specialist cardiac nurses so that every heart patient can get access to one when they need to.

For more information read our policy statement or email [email protected].