BHF and Marie Curie fund heart care post

12 May 2010

British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland and Marie Curie Cancer Care have made a £300,000 award to GCU to fund a Lead Nurse post in connection with the Caring Together Programme over the next four years. The successful applicant will work with the Caring Together programme partners – BHF Scotland, Marie Curie Cancer Care and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – and the BHF lecturer in Cardiovascular Care at the University of Glasgow.

“This post is vital for the successful development of educational initiatives; supporting healthcare professionals to deliver the holistic high quality care patients in the advanced stages of heart failure so desperately need” said Nicki Cooper, Programme Director Prevention & Care at the BHF.

Nicky Agelopoulos, Director of Programmes in Research and Innovation at Marie Curie Cancer Care, said “The lead nurse is crucial to the development of an approach to palliative care for patients in the advanced stages of heart failure in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.”

In 2007, it was estimated that as many as 100,000 people in Scotland were living with heart failure. With an increasingly elderly population, the prevalence of heart failure could now have increased by as much as 70%.

The Caring Together Programme aims to improve palliative care services for heart failure patients in Glasgow and Clyde. The programme promotes equal access to palliative care services for any advanced, progressive or incurable conditions across Scotland.

Dr. Kathy Strachan who is Head of International and Business Development in the School of Health said, “We are pleased to be working in partnership with BHF Scotland and Marie Curie to support this very important initiative aimed at improving care through education and development of nurses.”