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10-May-2013Press Statement on Advanced skills Training Programme for Physiotherapists in Heart Failure - 10th May 2013 -
Ireland, 10-May-2013 / The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP),

Rehab Programmes are proven to reduce length of Hospital stay for Heart Failure patients

Bed days can be reduced by 20,000 annually...

Twenty physiotherapists today received their certification from Minister of State, Alex White, T.D., in ‘Advanced Skills for Physiotherapists in treating Heart Failure’. This recent training initiative was funded by the HSE and the training programme delivered by the Irish Society for Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP).

This advanced skills course for physiotherapists is part of the National Heart Failure Clinical Programme, which is designed to improve quality of life for patients with heart failure. Every patient with heart failure is managed within a structured programme and there are targeted programmes to prevent heart failure. Targets for the programme are to reduce readmission rates by 1000 and to reduce bed days by 20,000 per year. One of the key components of the programme is to enable patients to self-care with education by nurse specialists, direct access to appropriate care, including physiotherapy, and optimisation of medicines.

Speaking at the presentation of certification to physiotherapists today, Alex White, Minister of State at the Department of Health said, “The HSE’s Heart Failure Clinical Care Programme has identified the advantages of having suitably trained and experienced physiotherapists in the provision of appropriate exercise and rehabilitation for patients. Comprehensive rehabilitation programmes in which patients undergo supervised exercise have been proven to reduce length of stay and can empower patients to return to normal activities within their capabilities, further enhancing their quality of life”

Speaking at the presentation ceremony today, Jill Long, President of ISCP said, “Advanced practice in physiotherapy is good for our patients, profession and health service. HSE Clinical Care programmes, such as those being completed here today on heart failure, provide a multi-disciplinary framework in which patients’ needs are identified and managed by the most appropriate health professionals. Supported training such as today’s Advanced Skills Training Programme for physiotherapists in Heart Failure produces physiotherapists with the required expertise to enable patients to participate in appropriate rehabilitation programmes; even with significant disease, and live an enhanced active life with their disease”

Commenting on the value of this advanced training, Chris Macey, Head of Advocacy, Irish Heart Foundation said, “The increased access to rehabilitative cardiac services, made possible by this advanced physiotherapy training, will facilitate patients to return to normal activities within their capabilities, and maximise their quality of life”.


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The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) is the professional body representing over 3000 members in Ireland. The Society was founded in 1983 following a number of developments in the profession including the establishment of a university degree qualification. Over the years there has been an increasing public demand for the services of the Chartered Physiotherapist and it is the role of the Society to ensure that this demand is met by the highest standards of care.


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