T: 01413313609 E: Yvonne.Millerick@gcu.ac.uk
The Caring Together Programme is a partnership between the British Heart Foundation, Marie Curie Cancer Care, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and Glasgow Caledonian University. The overall aim is to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest standard of heart failure and palliative care provision possible.
All partners are working together to develop pioneering models of palliative care for patients and their carers living with advancing heart failure. As the Lead Nurse Lecturer for the programme I have developed and continue to facilitate real time training and learning through shadowing and mentoring opportunities during home visits, outpatient clinic consultations and multidisciplinary forums. In addition to having my own patient case load I also review patients in partnership with the Consultant Cardiologist at the heart failure supportive palliative care clinic within Glasgow Royal Infirmary. This innovative clinic is now regarded as a specialist educational hub and is being attended by professionals from all over Scotland and across the UK.
I am regarded as a leading expert in heart failure and palliative care and believe that blending and sharing my clinical and academic knowledge within my Lead Nurse Lecturer role is crucial for maintaining my professional respect and credibility. By doing so, the influence to change multi-professional practice across different care settings has been considered both authentic and clinically reliable.
Since 2006 my professional interests have focused on Supportive Palliative Care in Heart Failure. I led a three-year evaluation project for the British Heart Foundation. The core recommendations from this project have now been integrated into the Caring Together heart failure palliative care models which have been developed in collaboration with local stakeholders. These models are currently being piloted within three different geographical areas across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The methodology is service re-design informed by iterative development through action research. Opportunities for wider application of the models will be considered following a full and independent evaluation.
1. Millerick Y. British Heart Foundation Heart failure palliative care project report: The Glasgow and Clyde experience. Published 2011.
2. Millerick Y. Non pharmacological management of Chronic Heart Failure. In McDonagh, T., Gardner, RS. Clark, AL., Dargie, H. Oxford Textbook of Heart Failure. Oxford University Press 2011.
3. A Palliative Care Approach for Heart Failure. In D Walsh (Ed). Palliative Medicine. Elsevier. Philadelphia, 2008.
4. Millerick Y. Pharmacological Treatment for Chronic Heart Failure: A Specialist Nurse Perspective. Improving Outcomes in Chronic Heart Failure: A practical guide to specialist nurse intervention (Eds) 2nd Edition London; BMJ Books 2004
5. Millerick Y. A Patient Case Study. Improving Outcomes in Chronic Heart Failure: A practical guide to specialist nurse intervention (Eds) 2nd Edition London; BMJ Books 2004
6. Millerick Y. Integrating palliative care recommendations into clinical practice for chronic heart failure; British Journal of Cardiac Nursing 3 (12): 579 - 585 (Dec 2008)
1. North East of England Heart Failure Cardiac Network April 2013
2. Scottish Heart Failure Nurse Forum Spring Meeting April 2013
3. Euro Heart Care (ESC) Conference Glasgow March 2013
4. British Society for Heart Failure (BSH) Nurses Day London February 2013
5. BHF Healthcare Professionals Conference Glasgow March 2012
6. Critical Cardiac Care Course Glasgow University March 2012