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Congenital Cardiac Nursing
Congenital Cardiac Nursing in the UK
A representative from one of these nursing groups is elected every two years to attend the regular British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA) council meetings. This provides nurses with the opportunity to work collaboratively with their medical colleagues within the specialty.
British Adult Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association (BACCNA)
The British Adult Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association was founded in 2007 at the Symposium for Adult Congenital Heart Disease hosted by The Royal Brompton Hospital and held at The Royal College of Surgeons. There were 8 adult congenital heart disease specialist nurses around the country at that time. Since then this group of nurses have been meeting bi-annually with meetings being arranged and hosted by individual ACHD centres. The number of nurses has continued to grow with an increase in specialist nurse appointments throughout the country. Formal roles of President, Vice President and secretary were decided upon in 2008. BACCNA are affiliated to the British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA).
BACCNA is a non-profit making organisation. The purpose of the organisation is to promote the study of, and care of adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
The aims of the BACCNA are to:
To achieve these aims, the group meet twice a year and produces a newsletter to discuss current issues related to clinical education, service development, leadership and research. A group e-mail enables members to discuss aspects which arise between meeting dates.
Membership is considered for any practitioner whose primary interest is in the practice or research of ACHD, who are resident in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
The officers of this organisation are President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and one elected Council Member. All officers are in post for three years and may offer themselves to re-election after this.
The President automatically stands down after three years and is replaced by the Vice-President. However, the President shall be eligible for a non-executive position on the Council.
The Secretary and Treasurer shall be eligible for re-election after three years and may serve in these posts for a maximum of five years. The elected officers shall form the Council of the organisation.
Current council members can be found here:
ACHD EDUCATION and CAREER PATHWAY:
The group have developed the ACHD pathway in collaboration with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). (Adult congenital heart disease nursing - RCN guidance on roles, career pathways and competence development (2015)
BACCNA are responsible for developing the annual BACCNA study in collaboration with the BCCA.
BACCNA are currently working on an e-learning module to be used at ward level throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland. This is a collaborative piece of work with the "ACHD learning Centre".
Website Contact form: https://baccna.org.uk/contact-us/
[Content provided by Linda Griffiths, Lead ACHD Nurse, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. Current BCCA nurse representative 2018-2020. Last updated 14 October 2019]
Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association (CCNA)
The CCNA originated in the early 1990s to enable the exchange of ideas, experiences and information for the small but important group of nurses involved in the care of children and young people with congenital heart disease.
Membership of the association has expanded to promote the engagement of other healthcare practitioners, with a range of professional roles such as advanced clinical practitioners, clinical specialists and educators working across the cardiac network.
The aims of the CCNA are:
The Committee representing members meet 4 times per annum. Electronic newsletters are produced regularly and when possible there are conferences/symposiums each year, usually Spring /Summer and Autumn (alongside the BCCA).
[Content provided by Di Robertshaw, Practice Educator - Cardio-respiratory, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Dr Kerry Gaskin, Principal Lecturer in Advanced Clinical Practice, University of Worcester - last updated 14 October 2019]
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