NICE Guideline - Chronic Heart Failure: Management of chronic heart failure in adults in primary and secondary care (update)
March 2018

Further to our letter of 3 January 2017, we would like to update you on the decision made regarding the review of the existing guidance on TA267; Ivabradine for the treatment of chronic heart failure.

Read more

Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future - Letter to BHRS Members

Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future - a draft health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027
Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future - consultation
5 March 2018


Calling all Consultant Cardiologists! 
23 February 2018
Dr Shareen Jaijee is carrying out a Masters in Medical Leadership with Birkbeck University and the Royal College of Physicians studying gender differences in perceptions and barriers at work, such as organisational support, work-life balance, professional satisfaction, career progression and attitudes to part time work.  Large scale studies examining these key aspects of work have been carried out in the US, but not within the UK and there is a significant data gap.  Please have your say – the survey will take only 15-20 minutes of your time and will provide valuable insight in to the professional life of the UK Cardiologist. Click here


Letter from BHRS Council Regarding Membership Price Review
29 January 2018

Opportunity for BHRS members - Guide for submission of materials to the BHRS website
22 January 2018

With the imminent changes due the BHRS would like you to consider sharing any personal resources which could be included in the members access only pages including Educational materials, Presentations and Local standard operation policies and guidelines

Our hope is that materials submitted and shared can be used to advance learning and knowledge amongst members.  Shared policies and guidelines will also provide a reference or guidance to those members writing or developing documents for local practice.  We hope materials submitted will promote good clinical and safe practice and high quality patient care.  

In preparation for this opportunity the BHRS have created a brief guide detailing the procedure to follow and the process involved for submitting materials to the website.

IMPORTANT: Membership & Logbook Update
19 January 2018

Subscriptions are due annually in either January or July, therefore please ensure that your standing order is up to date to reflect new prices. From January 2018, all logbooks must be submitted electronically via Dropbox even if registered and started before 2018. (accompanying statement regarding BHRS membership prices)

Medical Device Alert:Pacemakers and CRT-Pacemakers - oversensing of minute ventilation sensor signal leading to risk of syncope and pre-syncope
12 January 2018

Boston Scientific Field Safety Notices 
8 January 2018

Boston Scientific has released two field safety notices reporting technical programming information for specific pacemaker and defibrillator models. One of these has resulted in a medical device alert (MDA) notification.  

Boston Scientifc Field Safety Notice: Pacemakers – Technical programming information on Minute Ventilation Sensor

Boston Scientifc Field Safety Notice: Technical programming information – Left Ventricular (LV) Offset interaction on Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy pacemakers (CRT-Ps) and defibrillators (CRT-Ds)

BHRS Response: Advice to all departments carrying out Cardiac Rhythm Management implantation and follow-up procedures – a reminder of the importance of reporting to MHRA (updated)

Safe use of MRI in people with cardiac implantable electronic devices
8 November 2017, BMJ

MR scanning in patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) was formerly felt to be contraindicated, but an increasing number of patients have an implanted MR conditional device, allowing them to safely undergo MR scanning, provided the manufacturer’s guidance is adhered to.

Read more