Tuesday, 4 April 2017

I have just realised that my last post on the blog was at the beginning of December!  Where has the time gone?

One of the reasons for the lack of posting is that we have been so busy working on our new Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) resources, which are due for completion in October, 2017.  For me, the most exciting aspect of this development is the way we are using personal narratives to inform our resource content.  Stuart, from the University of Edinburgh's interactive content development team has been using his new, very snazzy mobile phone technology to film OHCA survivors and their families, and those bereaved by OHCA telling their own, very personal stories.  We are then using the themes that emerge from these narratives to base our resource content on. Listening to these stories has been a very humbling and, at times, emotional experience for me and has given me much greater insight into the impact that an OHCA can have on individuals and families.  Very powerful stuff! I'm looking forward to seeing the fully edited versions of the films.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Cardiac Consulations & Surveys

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)  has released their draft Cardiac Rehabilitation guidelines for consultation:


Have a read and have your say!

As part of the scoping work for the Heart Failure Hub, work is ongoing to collect data on Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy (CRT) devices in Scotland.  This is  a short survey to discover some qualitative information as part of a report into improving access to this treatment for people living with heart failure. It would be appreciated it if you could spare 5 minutes to complete the survey following this link:

The survey closes on Monday 5th December

New Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Resources.

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland has received Scottish Government funding to develop  two new online resources, aimed at supporting the rehabilitation and aftercare of those involved in Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCA).  One module will support individuals responding to an OHCA, while the other will be for survivors of OHCA and their families, and those bereaved by OHCA. 

Work has already started, with a completion deadline of October 2016. Once again, we'll be working with the University of Edinburgh interactive content development team to produce exciting, engaging resources.  A wide range of professionals are working on the first module, including nurses, AHPs, paramedics, Fires & Rescue Scotland staff and first responders. Survivors of OHCA, their families and those bereaved by OHCA will be contributing their narratives and content for the second module will emerge from their stories. 

Watch this blog space for progress updates!

New HEARTe modules launched!

After months of hard work and effort on the part of the module development teams and the University of Edinburgh interactive content development team, four new online HEARTe modules were launched at the Cardiac Rehabilitation Interest Group Scotland annual conference on the 11th November.  These are now available at www.heartelearning.org :
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiac Investigations
  • Psychological Impact of Cardiac Disease
  • Inherited & Congenital Cardiac Disease
Free and no need for any password, so go in and have a look if you want to expand your knowledge and understanding of these topics.

The photo above shows me presenting at the official launch - just before the technology let me down and my embedded links didn't work! Had to resort to Plan B.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

 Back to full steam ahead for the new HEARTe modules, following the holiday season.  Myself and the web development team from the university of Edinburgh have been busy transforming the content developed by clinical experts into exciting, interactive resources.  Not too long now until they are launched in November!

Friday, 17 June 2016

And so it begins...

Welcome to the HEARTe blog! 

HEARTe (https://www.heartelearning.org) is a free, easy to access  online resource aimed at healthcare workers who may be involved in the care and management of cardiac patients but who are not cardiac specialists. There are currently eight modules available, covering a range of topics relating to cardiology, with another five under development and due to be launched in November 2016. These are:
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiac Investigations II
  • Inherited & Congenital Cardiac Disease
  • Psychological Impact of Cardiac Disease
  • Multiple Conditions and Cardiac Disease.
Our blog will follow the development journey of these modules.  You can expect regular posts from us, covering a range of issues.  Coming up in the near future will be guest blogs on:
  • Managing the development of an e-learning project
  • Being a member of an authoring team for a module
  • Working on the interactive elements of an e-learning module
We'd love to hear from you about your experiences of undertaking any of the HEARTe modules already available, particularly about any impact they may have made on your clinical practice, so please get in touch and let us know your thoughts.

In addition, we'll be posting any relevant guidelines or policy documents for you to access and discuss, so look out for the revised cardiac SIGN guidelines appearing, as they are published.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The National Heart Failure Audit (National Institute for Cardiovascular Research, 2015) has just been published.  Makes for interesting reading.  Possible learning points for Scotland?