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Heart Failure Support Networks

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Total available:
£10 million
Application deadline:
This programme is now closed

What's it all about?

This programme is closed for applications

The British Heart Foundation was appointed as our award partner for this programme. We hope that this new programme will increase the number of nurse-led community management programmes for people with heart failure.

Heart failure is a chronic condition that occurs when the muscle of the heart no longer beats strongly enough to meet the body’s needs.

People with heart failure commonly suffer from tiredness and shortness of breath, and may find that their ability to be physically active and mobile is impaired.

It is the most common cause of hospital admission for people aged 65 or over, and these people face frequent stays in hospital as their condition progresses.

Half the people affected die within eighteen months of diagnosis. Currently, only a minority of patients have access to a specialist heart failure support team to enable them to receive care at home.

Home care can provide better management of the disease, helping patients keep more mobile and independent for longer. Specialist nurses can also help to control symptoms and alleviate the distress caused by shortness of breath for example.