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Heart Failure: Successful completion of the Interuniversity Certificate in Patient Therapeutic Education

The first graduates are proclaimed on October 17 at ULiège. The 2nd edition of this certificate, common to ULiège, UCLouvain and ULB, is already almost complete for health professionals working with patients with heart failure

Sixteen people were trained at the end of the first edition of the Interuniversity Certificate (ULiège, UCLouvain, ULB) in Therapeutic Education for Patients with Heart Failure. These professionals already active in the health sector will receive their diploma on Thursday 17 October 2019 (Château de Colonster, Liège). The event will also bring together those registered for the next edition of this training course, which is unprecedented in French-speaking Belgium. The second edition, which begins this October 2019, is almost complete.

Established in 2018 by the Department of Public Health Sciences of the University of Liège (ULiège), in partnership with the Catholic University of Louvain and the Free University of Brussels, the Interuniversity Certificate in Therapeutic Education for Patients with Heart Failure, recognised by ARES, aims to strengthen or consolidate the educational practices of nurses working or wishing to work in a heart failure clinic.

Training adapted to the need for therapeutic education of the heart failure patient

Heart failure affects more than 250,000 people in Belgium. This serious disease is responsible for high morbidity and mortality. The importance of Heart failure is a public health issue and has a significant human and financial cost to society and governments.

Heart failure requires the patient's active and full involvement to react quickly in case of signs of disease deterioration, but also to adopt sustainable behavioural changes and improve quality of life and prognosis. Optimizing this care requires a certain qualification and structured multidisciplinary teamwork. The training of paramedical staff in therapeutic patient education remains an essential objective. This Patient Therapeutic Education is a Class 1A recommendation in the management of heart failure. The quality of the Therapeutic Education provided by health professionals depends heavily on the training received in this field.

The Interuniversity Certificate in Therapeutic Education for Patients with Heart Failure is intended for graduates of nursing or higher education programs working in the health care sector, in order to optimize their training in therapeutic patient education. Faced with the fact that many avoidable complications remain, thus calling for a thorough review of the care of patients with heart failure, this training responds to a priority need for the health care system, in direct perspective of the reform of the Belgian health landscape.

It has been shown that therapeutic education improves the patient's prognosis and reduces the risk of hospitalization. Therapeutic education is therefore an integral part of the management of patients with heart failure according to European recommendations. In addition, in some heart failure centres, there is already therapeutic patient education. The aim is to standardise the quality of patient care within Wallonia.

This certificate was developed at the initiative of the Belgian Working Group on Heart Failure (BWGHF) and was carried out in collaboration with the CHR de la Citadelle, the CHU de Liège, the CHU UCL Namur (Godinne), the Cliniques Universitaires de Bruxelles - Hôpital Erasme, the Clinique Saint-Luc de Bouge, and with the help of the Haute Ecole de la Province de Liège (HEPL), the Haute Ecole Robert Schuman (HERS), the Haute Ecole Province de Namur (HEPN) and the Haute Ecole libre Mosane (HELMo).

The training is organised alternately on the sites of ULiège, UCLouvain and ULB, at the rate of 6 sessions of two days of training spread over an academic year.


More information on the Certificate in Therapeutic Education for Patients with Heart Failure

Contact information

Pr Benoît PÉTRÉ, Certificate Coordinators, Faculty of Medicine of ULiège

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