SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB724517
Module Leader Yvonne Millerick
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

A good standard of computer literacy, together with the ability to study independently in order to fully engage with distance learning/online pedagogy

Summary of Content

This module will appeal to health care professionals with a special interest in chronic heart failure management. It is designed to introduce and explore important issues relating to the holistic assessment and evidence-based management of chronic heart failure. Contemporary issues and recent advances in chronic heart failure management will be evaluated and applied to the participant's own clinical practice. Content will include review of chronic heart failure pathophysiology; holistic assessment; pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to management; advanced therapies and self-management strategies. The mode of delivery will be well-suited to professionals who are busy in clinical practice and unable to attend campus for face-to-face teaching; as well as appealing to an international market. This module will provide those interested in heart failure care with an introduction to the discipline and preparation for advancement in the role via the Chronic Heart Failure: Optimising Health and Wellbeing Masters level module. It will appeal to a range of professional disciplines including, but not limited to, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, radiographers, cardiac physiologists and physiotherapists.


Pathophysiology and bio-psychosocial impact of chronic/advanced heart failure; Policy drivers: national and international strategies; Evidence-based guidance and best practice; Patient-centred care principles and strategies; Health inequalities; Empowerment and advocacy; Collaborative working for health and wellbeing; Integrating a holistic approach to comprehensive assessment, quality and optimal care outcomes; Chronic heart failure as a progressive, life-limiting condition

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:-1. Explain the physiological and pathophysiological intricacies associated with sequential development of chronic heart failure;2. Interpret outcomes from all assessments, diagnostic & therapeutic interventions to plan, implement and evaluate appropriate evidence-based individualised care;3. Critically appraise the major management regimes offered by the primary, secondary and tertiary health and social care multidisciplinary teams who work towards supporting clients with chronic heart failure and their significant others;4. Defend a comprehensive patient-focused and integrated management plan that takes cognisance of the evidence-base and holism philosophy;5. Analyse the impact of comorbidity on the management of chronic heart failure;6. Discuss how contemporary policy and frameworks relating to supporting the prevention, management and supportive palliation contribute to local, national and international best practice guidance on the management of chronic heart failure;7. Explore the impact of chronic heart failure on individuals and their caregivers, and be cognisant of the contribution of partnership- working with other stakeholders in order to optimise care management.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered either online via GCULearn or face-to-face. Students may elect to study the module either online or face-to-face, but may not transfer between the two. The main activities to be carried out by students are directed and independent study to develop knowledge and skills relating to the module syllabus. The teaching and learning strategies to be employed include lectures/video lectures, podcasts, narrated presentations, seminars/online a/synchronous discussion and tutorials/online self-directed study to engage the students in the key concepts which will then be developed through guided activities and directed learning.

Indicative Reading

BEATTIE, J. & GOODLIN, S. 2008. Supportive Care in Heart Failure. Oxford: Oxford University Press. BLUE, L. & STEWART, S. 2004. Improving Outcomes in Chronic Heart Failure: Specialist nurse intervention from research to practice. 2nd ed. London: British Medical Journal Books. CARRIER, J. 2009. Managing Long-term Conditions and Chronic Illness in Primary Care. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge. JOHNSON, M. & LEHMAN, R. 2006. Heart Failure and Palliative care: A team approach. London: Radcliffe. JOHNSON, M., HOGG, K. & BEATTIE, J. 2012. Heart Failure from Advanced Disease to Bereavement. Oxford Specialist Handbooks in End of Life Care. Oxford: Oxford University Press. MCDONAGH, T. et al., 2011. Oxford Textbook of Heart Failure. Oxford: Oxford University Press. SUTTON, G. & CHATTERGEE, K. 2009. Heart Failure: Current Clinical Understanding. London: Remedica. National and International Guidelines LAINSCAK, M. et al., 2011. Self?care management of heart failure: practical recommendations from the Patient Care Committee of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology. European Journal of Heart Failure [online]. 13(2), pp. 115-126. [viewed 27 th February 2017]. Available from: <> NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR CLINICAL EXCELLENCE, NICE. 2010. Chronic Heart Failure: Management of chronic heart failure in adults in primary and secondary care, Guideline no. 108 [online]. London: HMSO. [viewed 27 th February 2017]. Available from: <> PONIKOWSKI, P. et al., 2016. ESC Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure. European Journal of Heart Failure [online]. 18(8), pp. 891-975. [viewed 27 th February 2017]. Available from: <> SCOTTISH INTERCOLLEGIATE GUILEDINES NETWORK SECRETARIAT, SIGN. 2016. Management of Chronic Heart Failure: A National Clinical Guideline. Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network, Guideline no. 147 [online]. Edinburgh: SIGN. Available from: <>

Transferrable Skills

Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development and practice competence; - Develop communication and IT skills to underpin effective learning; - Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms; - Work effectively with others; - Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (PT) 20.00
Independent Learning (PT) 140.00
Tutorials (PT) 20.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 1.00 100.00 40% 4000-word essay