Marvellous Mentors, a pioneering program to upgrade and elevate awareness of heart failure across Greater Manchester.

If you are a healthcare professional working within the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership footprint come and join our “Marvellous Mentor” programme at our launchpad events across Greater Manchester.

With the increasing burden of heart failure on the NHS system and the societal
impact of not managing heart failure effectively we need to think differently.

Nick Hartshorne-Evans Founder and CEO of the Pumping Marvellous Foundation

Pumping Marvellous Foundation

Across the 10 CCG’s of Greater Manchester

  • 2015 – 2016 4334 HF admission across – GM
  • 34,000 – 39,000 bed days per year – GM
  • £16.4 million cost to CCG’s – GM


  • 8.9% – in-hospital mortality – UK
  • 26.7% – mortality at one year – UK
  • 930,000 living with HF in the UK
  • Costs increasing to over £2 billion per annum – UK

If we don’t take a grip of heart failure now we will be hit by a tsunami of challenges
that will overwhelm the NHS and our public services.

We know heart failure is the “Cinderella Syndrome” and people generally do not know what it is and what the symptoms are so how do we expect people to know what to do?

Heart Failure is not on the lips of the NHS. There is a lack of focus on what we know works. The evidence points us to the following actions which we have known about for many years and were summarised in the NICE Chronic Heart Failure Guidelines 2010; it is now 2018 and we are still not doing what we should be. In our recent 2018 Heart Failure Specialist Nursing Audit, which covered around 85% of teams across the UK only 70% of those teams had Natriuretic Peptide testing for diagnosis, a strong recommendation to use this simple blood test has been in the above guidelines since 2010. Heart Failure in primary care and community services is clearly not on the agenda.

Getting GP surgeries, community teams and services along with care homes and the voluntary sector to understand some of the basics is imperative.

  • Recognition of signs and symptoms of heart failure
  • The significance of taking a good patient history
  • The simple blood test rule- natriuretic peptides
  • Highlight the referral pathway
  • Highlight supportive services for heart failure patients via a directory of services
  • Promotion of the Marvellous Mentors Programme
  • The promotion of patient education and self-care tools developed by the PMF

Marvellous Mentors is a project where the patient charity, the Pumping Marvellous Foundation is working in partnership with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to focus on the
following aims:

  • To promote the early detection of heart failure and associated symptoms
  • To provide appropriate patient information, education and self-care tools
  • To upgrade and elevate heart failure and its underlying aetiology within both the clinical and social care community as well as the general public
  • To promote the concept of mentorship which may consist of peer to peer, patient to clinician, health professional to patient and vice versa, delivered via the Marvellous Mentorship Kite Mark Programme
  • Identify and address inequalities in heart failure across GM

We believe that by building awareness of the basics in heart failure to generalist doctors, nurses and care home teams we can have a profound effect on helping people with heart failure and their families live better.

Join us to abduct some knowledge about heart failure at our ATRIUM 51 launchpad events across Greater Manchester.


Registration 9.30am – 10am through to 3.30pm
17th October 2018
The Ulster Gallery
The Irish World Heritage Centre
1 Irish Town Way
Cheetham Hill
M8 0RY


Registration 9.30am – 10am through to 3.30pm
31st October 2018
The Council Chambers
Stockport Town Hall
Edward Street


Registration 9.30am – 10am through to 3.30pm
14th November 2018
The Lancaster Suite
The Albert Halls
Victoria Square


Time Activity
9.30am – 10.00am Registration and Coffee
10.00am – 10.15am Setting the Scene – Keynote
Manchester – Catherine Cain, Programme Lead Cardiovascular at GMHSCP
Stockport – Warren Heppolette, Executive Lead Strategy and System Development at GMHSCP
Bolton – Tina Long, Chief Nurse at GMHSCP
10.15am – 11.00am What to do in Heart Failure
Dr Colin Cunnington, Consultant Cardiologist MRI
Dr Fozia Ahmed, Consultant Cardiologist MRI
11.00am – 11.45am The role of the Heart Failure Specialist Nurse
Heart Failure Specialist Nurses from localities
11.45am – 12.30pm The power of the group consultation
Louise Brady, Nurse Lead Primary and Community Care at GMHSCP
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 2.15pm Patient Symposium – Living with heart failure
Heart failure patients
2.15pm – 3.15pm What shall we take back to our workplace
Group sessions
3.15pm – 3.30pm Wrap up and reflection
Nick Hartshorne-Evans, CEO and Founder of the Pumping Marvellous Foundation and Louise Brady, Nurse Lead Primary and Community Care at GMHSCP
Pumping Marvellous Foundation
Pumping Marvellous Foundation
Pumping Marvellous Foundation