The Heart Failure Nurse would provide the rapid response to Heart Failure patients who have been discharged from A&E or the main hospital.  The nurses would be able to provide clinical examinations, ECGs and blood monitoring in the community.

This project funded for three years, is expected to reduce the length of time Heart Failure patients stay in hospital.  This will be achieved by either preventing a direct admission to the hospital and allowing the patient to be treated by the Heart Failure Team in their own homes or reducing the length of time the patients stays in hospital whilst still being closely monitored by the Heart Failure Team.

To be able to adequately evaluate the effect the service has on hospital admission over the winter period, there is a critical need for a fully trained Heart Failure nurse who is able to undertake cardiac and respiratory examinations and assessments.