Join debate on treatment of chronic heart failure

21st January 2016

People with heart failure are among those being sought to help update health service guidelines for treating the condition.

NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is updating its advice on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic heart failure in adults.

The organisation, which decides which drugs and treatments are available on the NHS in England and Wales, is looking for lay people to join its chronic heart failure guideline committee.  They must have an understanding of long-standing or reoccurring heart failure and the issues important to patients and carers.

 

NICE has already published advice on chronic heart failure, but the updated guidelines will look at aspects of care where new advice is considered to be needed.

Some of the issues the guideline committee will focus on include diagnosing heart failure with scans and blood tests, use of drug treatments, home rehabilitation treatment, self-monitoring of heart failure, and information and support for patients and carers.

The committee will meet periodically in London over the next two years.

The closing time for applications is at 5pm on Wednesday, 17 February.  Interviews will take place on Tuesday, 8 March.

For more details see here.