BHRS Council Elections 2021

Many thanks to everyone for their interest in joining the BHRS Council.  Please complete the form (found below the candidate information on this page) and choose your preferred candidate(s) for a Physiologist & Physician Representative on the BHRS Council.  There is one opening for each area.  The candidate with the most votes in each area will be formally elected and be welcomed at the BHRS AGM later this year.  Deadline for votes is 31st August 2021.

Physiologist Candidates

Cristiana Monteiro

Alongside this role, I also supported device clinics at the Barts Heart Centre in London, which quickly became a second home.

My passion for research, heart failure and improving patient care brought me to Oxford University. Working within a proactive team of research nurses, heart failure and device specialists is certainly a motive of pride and it is a perfect example of the quality of personalised care I have always aspired to provide. I am in a lucky position to be able to witness technology being developed and tested first hand.

Education is an area I am extremely fond of, having been involved in the delivery of training throughout my career – from clinic supervision, to exam preparation sessions and by collaborating in the creation of the BHRS certification exam. Additionally, I collaborate with Arrhythmia Alliance in the creation of patient resources. The opportunity of joining BHRS would see me do my absolute best to support the cardiac science workforce, via education and staff retention strategies, involvement in policymaking, and an open-minded approach to shared learning and best practice.”

Eleri Gregory

I now specialise in EP and complex device implant and follow-up. I enjoy training colleagues and peers in these fields and presenting at local and national meetings.

I have been fortunate to have been a physiologist representative on the BHRS Council for the past 3 years, serving as Honorary Secretary since 2019. I am now seeking re-election for a second term.

Whilst being on the Council, I have issued the first ever BHRS survey on the national remote monitoring practice following the Covid-19 Pandemic. From this I have helped establish a BHRS contact database to ensure better communication from the BHRS to the arrhythmia community. I am now in the process of preparing the survey results for publication and intend to use the results to further develop guidance for remote follow-up. I would like to contribute to the BHRS’ efforts of improving communication between the heart rhythm communities, sharing best practice, and engaging BHRS members to communicate with further surveys.

My ambition for the BHRS would be to establish an education committee to ensure the BHRS deliver a nationally acclaimed arrhythmia education programme for all members. This would include developing innovative ways to deliver training at all levels.”

Hayley Langridge

I am a registered Clinical Scientist after undertaking the STP equivalence route in 2020 and have successfully mentored many others since.

I have a huge passion for training and educating and am a major enthusiast for development of the future workforce. I have experience of being an honorary senior lecturer on both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees within Cardiac Physiology, along with running training sessions for specialist registrars, arrhythmia nurses and GP’s. I have contributed to the BHRS EGM challenge in the past and am now supporting juniors within my team to submit interesting exciting cases to the challenge for all to learn.

In 2019 I had the exciting opportunity to be selected to present an oral abstract at HRC on an emergency device implant service. This year I have the privilege to be part of the HRC faculty and chair a session on a masterclass in devices.

Given my passion with education I would like to aid BHRS to create additional educational materials and courses for existing and future workforce within all disciplines that work within Cardiac Rhythm Management. I would relish the opportunity to be a part of contributing and guiding national practice for CRM.”

Philip Durkin

I would like to improve / develop the education platform of CRM / EP trainees and incumbent CRM / EP cardiac physiologist and Healthcare Scientists and working within the BHRS council would give me a platform to do so.

I also would like to engage and work with trusts into new practices and services that we can develop throughout the country for our CRM services. This is something I have performed at Leeds NHS Teaching Hospitals with the introduction of the Combined Heart Failure and Devices Service.”

Physician Candidates

Claire Martin

Randomized control trials in particular need collaboration across multiple sites to recruit adequate numbers, and I have a track record in coordinating and organising this.

As a regular contributor to the Heart Rhythm Congress, I would continue to strongly promote education among fellows and AHPs. I would also strive to increase diversity across the BHRS membership, and particularly in increasing the number of female Electrophysiologists in the UK.

I am keen to participate in the shaping of arrhythmia management in the years to come. Particularly areas such as persistent AF ablation require a unified approach to patient selection to ensure that patients have access to procedures that can provide benefit in a cost effective manner, and I would work with other members of the BHRS Council to construct national guidelines.”

Joseph de Bono

It is crucial that BHRS remains the loudest independent voice representing arrhythmia health care professionals and our patients. Many of our patients and services have been hit the worst by COVID and now face huge waiting listing lists for life changing procedures. It is vital that we as an organisation continue to stand up for them

In my first term on BHRS council, I have developed independent national meetings to provide high quality education throughout the country. I have worked hard to develop national standards in ablation and cardiac arrest and to ensure that the needs of our patients are recognised.

If re-elected I would work to further expand the training opportunities available to our members and fight to ensure that needs of our colleagues and patients are not ignored as we recover from COVID.”

Matt Ginks

I value the BHRS very highly as an institution which can genuinely improve arrhythmia care for patients. I would relish the opportunity to join the BHRS council. I would be an enthusiastic and committed member. I am passionate about education of members of the multi-disciplinary team including physiologists, junior doctors, EP fellows in training, and specialist nurses, but also of providing patients with better resources so that they can be placed at the centre of the decision-making process. I would be keen to develop educational tools for patients, such as videos which explain conditions and treatment options.

Many centres (including ours) work hard to develop protocols and guidelines locally to optimise arrhythmia care. We develop frameworks to respond to clinical risk issues in our day-to-day practice as well as in response to advisories, but frequently we do this in our own silos. I feel that we could work in a much more integrated way to share best practice.

It would be a privilege to represent you on the BHRS council to advance these objectives, and I would be happy to contribute to the wider effort in any way I can.”

Nicholas Gall

The BHRS has led the way in driving change in the management of arrhythmias. The number of units with great expertise continues to expand, however a major part of any service is the management of syncope and dizziness. These are frequent reasons to see the GP, call an ambulance or attend ED Studies throughout the world highlight that management of these patients is often inefficient, over-cautious and may provide no clear diagnosis. It is often left to the arrhythmia service to resolve the issues. The UK has played a major role in developing innovative solutions in this area e.g. rapid access blackout clinics run by a multi-disciplinary nursing team, specifically arrhythmia nursing.

I believe BHRS can lead on driving improvement in this area, improving diagnosis, identifying high-risk and efficiently improving patient care. Multi-disciplinary and multi-specialty clinics are an important option with medical, nursing and physiological colleagues working seamlessly together. The diverse membership of the BHRS lends itself perfectly to this .

The BHRS already plays an enormous role in education on arrhythmia topics and can also lead on education in syncope.”

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