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Improving clinical practice in Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) – June 2024 cohort

Improving Practice in Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)
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Start date: Friday 7th June 8:15 am - 4:15 pm

£495.00 Places remaining: 0
Paediatric SIM Training

Fetal, paediatric and adult congenital cardiology is a rapidly developing field of medicine and as the network’s regional Level 1 Centre our experts are proud to offer a five-day course culminating in the provision of a Certificate of Achievement in Improving Clinical Practice in Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

This 5 day course starting on Friday 7th June 2024 followed by four further sessions on consecutive Fridays until Friday 5th July 2024 provides a quality assured qualification and is appropriate for a range of healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with congenital heart disease.

It aims to provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage the care of a patient with congenital heart disease throughout their lifetime, allowing healthcare professionals to develop vital skills and knowledge to manage the care of patients with complex anatomy and physiology.

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage the care of a patient with congenital heart disease (CHD) across the lifespan.

At the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the physiology of the normal heart and developing fetus in utero alongside the anatomy and physiology of common basic CHD lesions
  • Recognise the complexities and pathway for diagnostic fetal imaging, interventional cardiology, the expected outcomes and approach to counselling
  • Recognise normal ECG and common arrhythmias in CHD and the range of cardiac imaging approaches in the diagnosis and ongoing management including staged surgical options
  • Understand the pathophysiology of pulmonary hypertension with associated CHD
  • Learn the principles of ventilating the sick heart and gain knowledge of the process of transportation and the importance of preparation and communication
  • Understand the common pharmacological strategies and complex nutritional requirements throughout a CHD patient’s life
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of advance, complex pathways for transplantation, extracorporeal life support and fontan surveillance
  • Navigate ethical dilemmas and difficult and challenging conversations, transition into adult services, the psychological impact on health and wellbeing for the patient and their family and end of life care.

Course Lead

Kaye Walsh is Lead Nurse for the North East North Cumbria Congenital Heart Disease Network (NENC CHDN) with over 20 years’ experience in the field of paediatric nursing, specifically in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery having worked in specialist centres in Dublin and Newcastle as well as over 10 years of experience in clinical education.

Kaye is passionate about ensuring colleagues are supported to kept abreast of the very latest clinical practice and guidelines, and is delighted to bring together an array of clinical experts in this field to share their knowledge with colleagues across our national CHD networks.


This course is appropriate for range of healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD).

Course dates

Date Topic
Friday 7 June Introduction to Congenital Heart Disease
Friday 14 June Medical and surgical management pathways
Friday 21 June Co-existing conditions associated with Congenital Heart Disease
Friday 28 June Living with Congenital Heart Disease
Friday 5 July Psychosocial care of the patient and their family

Financial information

If you are employed by Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, you can use the coupon code NUTH at the checkout to make a provisional booking and you will need to arrange access to in-house development funding. Your booking will remain provisional until your request has been validated with a funding/study leave reference.

If you are not employed by Newcastle Hospitals and are to be funded by your employer you can pay using an online card or an invoice can be requested by using the coupon code Invoice.

Please see Coupons for further information relating to coupon codes and how to use them at checkout.


Newcastle Clinical Skills Academy
0191 28 24710
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Freeman Hospital (FH)
Freeman Road, High Heaton,
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE7 7DN United Kingdom
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