BHRS Certification - Logbooks
In order to achieve British Heart Rhythm Society Certification, candidates must complete and submit a logbook. There are 2 logbooks, 1 for devices and 1 for EP. You complete ONE logbook only. Both doctors and physiologists should complete the same logbooks. Nurses with a special interest in CRM have their own logbook equivalent.
The logbook component is very important and requires a significant amount of time and effort to complete. A candidate who does not specialise in cardiac rhythm management will find it difficult to complete the logbook within the specified deadline. The Certification Committee would expect candidates to have a minimum of two years’ experience in cardiac rhythm management prior to sitting the examination or completing the logbook. In some cases, a candidate may be required to apply for an honorary contract to enable them to visit other hospitals to undertake procedures and collate data for their logbook and this additional time must be factored in when completing a logbook.
The logbook must be completed over a two-year period, during which time candidates must take and pass the BHRS examination. Between January - February, candidates can register to take the exam that year, and therefore start their logbooks. You can and should start collecting evidence for your logbook as soon as you are registered and NOT after you have passed the written exam. The deadline for logbook submission is always 31st December. For example, if you register for the exam in January 2018 you have until 31st December 2019 to submit your logbook.
Unless there are exceptional circumstances, no extension to this period will be considered.
Please note: for individuals who have already requested to begin their logbook in 2016/17, and have received email confirmation from BHRS to do so, the confirmed logbook deadline still stands.
From January 2018, all logbooks must be submitted electronically via Dropbox even if registered and started before 2018.
You complete ONE logbook only and the logbook should not exceed 2GB (as this is the maximum Dropbox will allow).
Please note that all patient identifiable information must be anonymised in the logbooks. Inclusion of any patient identifiable information is a clear breach of patient confidentiality and a serious governance issue. Markers have been instructed to return logbooks and fail candidates if they have patient identifiable information in their logbooks.
You will find instructions on how to upload your logbook using the link below. Once you have completed your logbook, please upload via Dropbox, starting by sending a link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note from Chair of Certification, January 2018:
"We appreciate that this is a new system but we hope this will actually simplify the process of submitting logbooks, reduce costs to individuals in terms of postage whilst also improving security in that logbooks cannot go missing in transit. It is also hoped that the time to mark the logbook will also be shortened. As with any new system there may be some teething problems so we ask for your patience during this transitional phase."
We will audit 10% of logbook submissions and as such you may be contacted by BHRS and asked to formally post your entire logbook and supporting information to BHRS as part of our audit processes.
The logbooks are now available in both word and pdf versions to aid electronic completion and submission.
DEVICE LOGBOOK CASE STUDIES
PLEASE NOTE ALL CASE STUDIES SHOULD INCLUDE COPIES OF ANY INVESTIGATIONS PERFORMED PRIOR TO DEVICE IMPLANT PLUS COPIES OF PRE AND POST IMPLANT ECGS.
AS STATED IN THE LOGBOOK ITSELF
INVESTIGATIONS PERFORMED & RESULTS:
(COPIES/REPORTS TO BE INCLUDED): ECG, ECHOCARDIOGRAM, HOLTER MONITOR, ILR (LOOP RECORDER), EXERCISE TEST, CORONARY ANGIOGRAM, TILT TEST, CARDIAC MRI, CAROTID SINUS MASSAGE, EP STUDIES
PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT REQUIRE DEVICE PRINT OUTS TO BE SCANNED AND SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY. HOWEVER, IT IS VITAL THAT YOU DISCUSS DEVICE PROGRAMMING IN THE RELEVANT SECTION OF THE CASE STUDIES (PACEMAKERS, ICD , CRT) AND MAKE REFERENCE TO THE CLINICAL EVIDENCE BASE FOR THIS.
FOR EXAMPLE ICD SET UP AND MADIT RIT, ADVANCE III CLINICAL STUDIES.
Requests for logbook extensions must always be submitted via email (and not by telephone) to email@example.com, giving full reasons why an extension is being sought. Requests will then be considered on a case by case basis by the Certification Committee. Please note that extension requests require clear mitigating circumstances (e.g. ill-health, pregnancy). Extensions will not be given for candidates who have failed to achieve the requisite number or type of cases.