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There are 55 National Heart Failure Societies and Working Groups within the HFA and these provide important support to the HFA in the development of new ideas and programmes and in the promotion of heart failure as a target for both healthcare professionals and researchers.
Discussing some of their roles, Professor Yury Lopatin (Volgograd State Medical University, Russia), Coordinator for National Heart Failure Societies and Working Groups, describes how the annual Heart Failure Awareness Days, organised by National Heart Failure Societies, are integral to educating the general public and politicians about heart failure. Since their initial conception, these events have grown with each passing year and they have helped to highlight, to increasing numbers of individuals around the world, the importance of recognising heart failure, getting an accurate diagnosis and receiving optimal treatment. So crucial are these events to the HFA’s mission to improve quality of life and longevity in patients with heart failure, the association awards prizes to the societies they consider to have produced the most impressive, or innovative, campaigns in a particular year. The HFA is incredibly proud of the efforts National Societies make to attract and engage public interest and the range of events they provide, including: press conferences, lectures/activities on nutrition and physical education, fun and sporting activities in which the public are encouraged to take part, radio and TV programmes on heart failure, social media alerts, involvement of local celebrities and meetings at national parliaments.
The yearly HFA Summit provides representatives from the National Heart Failure Societies and Working Groups with the opportunity to meet with each other and the HFA to address the needs of the societies and to discuss the best way to harmonise ideas and improve cooperation between societies.
The HFA’s National Societies are vital in developing new management programmes and in raising awareness of heart failure as an important treatment issue.
Referred to by Professor Massimo Piepoli (Guglielmo da Saliceto Polichirurgico Hospital, Piacenza, Italy) as “the backbone of the HFA”, the National Societies also provide important information on their care programmes that may be applicable to a wider range of patients.
The HFA has already identified some beneficial aspects of different national care programmes that could be adapted to be implemented across countries—within international treatment guidelines—and it will be working on these to create accredited centres.
The HFA’s Heart Failure Certification is an important component in standardising and improving quality of care across Europe. Other educational initiatives include the two HFA Curricula—one for heart failure specialists and one for heart failure nurses—and the Postgraduate Course in Heart Failure. A survey is also being developed by the HFA to monitor the quality of care administered at heart failure centres around Europe. Finally,the new HFA Atlas initiative, created with the help of the National Societies, provides information on a variety of heart failure measures that can help National Societies to compare data from their country with that from others and to identify and prioritise the elements of care that need to be improved (for more information on HFA Atlas, see the article on Page 3 of this issue of Heart Failure 2019 Congress News).
Find out more about National Heart Failure Societies and Working Groups at: www.escardio.org/Sub-specialtycommunities/Heart-Failure-Association-of-the-ESC-(HFA)/Membership-and-Communities/national-heart-failure-societiesworking-groups
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