ECFS syllabuses for the multidisciplinary team and wider field: a guide for comprehensive education

Chris Smith, Helen K. Chadwick, Carlos Farinha, Kevin W Southern, Trudy Havermans, Eddie Landau, Sejal Patel, Urszula Borawska-Kowalczyk, Nichola MacDuff, Nicola Shaw, Sian Bentley, Dimitri Declercq, Marlies Wagner, Gemma Stanford, Don S. Urquhart, Thomas Radtke, Craig A. Williams, Elke De Wachter, Kate Hill, Fiona DunlevyDaniel G Peckham

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Ensuring CF providers are appropriately skilled with relevant knowledge to deliver the best care is essential
The provision and facilitation of education to enable this is a commitment of the ECFS
Published syllabuses exist in a variety of different specialities supported by European societies, however a comprehensive syllabus does not currently exist within the ECFS
Aim of syllabus development
To outline the main topics/ subjects of knowledge within specialities
To define the key principles within these topics that a specialist working in this area would need to have knowledge of
Purpose of syllabus
To provide each specialty with a core education framework and define the remit for training and learning
To provide the wider ECFS community with understanding of the scope of each speciality
To provide a framework to cross check available education for the ECFS community, e.g. on the ECFS Education platform, and to help identify gaps in available education
The broader purpose of both of these is to ensure comprehensive education supporting each speciality
Expert group representatives from within the ECFS Education Committee (Table 1) developed a syllabus for their speciality to define core knowledge and skills. Contributors were from a range of CF backgrounds and countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, UK)
The syllabuses were developed by the expert representatives and then circulated for comment around the individual European speciality/ working groups within the ECFS. A consultation period within the groups was agreed
7 syllabuses were developed and ratified for physiotherapy, nursing, pharmacy, psychosocial, exercise, nutrition and clinical trials network
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted - 22 May 2023
EventECFS Annual Conference Vienna 2023 - Vienna National Conference Centre, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 08 Jun 202310 Jun 2023


ConferenceECFS Annual Conference Vienna 2023


  • Cystic fibrosis
  • EDUCATION & TRAINING (see Medical Education & Training)


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