Short courses
Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure
University Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education


Course overview

  • Standard University fee applies.

  • This module is designed to meet the knowledge and skills requirements of health professionals involved in the care of people with heart failure in the acute and primary care sectors.

    You develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of the diagnosis, on-going assessment and evidence-based therapeutics required to support the optimal management of heart failure patients in clinical practice. The module is open to qualified practitioners in any allied health profession who are required to advance their knowledge of heart failure for clinical practice. Consensus guidelines are used as a basis for the module in order to set the standard and achieve consistency in care standards for practitioners working with patients with heart failure in the area.

    Where you study

    Teesside University Middlesbrough campus.


    Course details

    What you study

    The module tracks the knowledge requirements specified in current consensus guidelines to ensure fitness for purpose. This includes exploration of: the heart failure syndrome, the disease trajectory in heart failure, diagnosing heart failure, treating heart failure, managing and monitoring heart failure in clinical practice, case review in heart failure, patient education and self care, lifestyle modification, rehabilitation in heart failure, device therapy and surgical interventions in heart failure, acute heart failure, comorbidity in heart failure, refractory end stage heart failure and end of life care, patient self-monitoring and remote monitoring, models of care provision, and clinical audit in heart failure.

    How you learn

    Delivery is three hours per week over the semester using a combination of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, case-based discussions, tutorials and work-based learning. Support in the workplace with an experienced facilitator, such as a cardiologist, GP with special interest or heart failure or nurse specialist is required to ensure optimum synthesis of heart failure theory with practice. Learning is also supported via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

    How you are assessed

    You are assessed in three ways. You are assessed via a case study and an OSCE. A portfolio of practice-focussed competencies is also provided for you. This supports the transference of knowledge to practice in order to help you improve outcomes for patients with heart failure in your area of practice.


    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    A minimum of six months post-registration experience, clinical supervision for the duration of the module and case management of patients with heart failure.



    2019 entry

    Fee for UK/EU applicants:

    Limited funded places available

    • Length: 15 weeks
    • Credits: 20, Level: Master's
    • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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