BHRS Council Election Results 2020

We are incredibly pleased to welcome the following doctor representatives onto the BHRS Council:

Steve Murray (also appointed Treasurer)
Vivienne Ezzat
Pier Lambiase
John Paisey (elected for a second term)

Alistair Slade has formally taken the role of President of the BHRS.

A heartfelt thanks to all those who have come to the end of their term: Stuart Harris, Mark Sopher, Jane Owen and, of course our now, former President: Prof. Richard Schilling who has made a huge positive impact on the BHRS whilst in presidency.


John Paisey

If elected I will continue to use these dual roles to ensure arrhythmia training receives the proper priority in the cardiology curriculum whilst exploring innovative ways to deliver education including physiologists and nurses alongside doctors in both training and lifelong learning.

As we cautiously emerge from the epidemic BHRS has much to contribute to arrhythmia education through sessions at existing congresses and new events and I intend to contribute to the planning and delivery of these new structures.

In my day job I am an electrophysiologist and device cardiologist at University Hospital Southampton where I have a particular passion for supporting extended roles for nurses and physiologists in the delivery of arrhythmia care and supporting the training of cardiology registrars, especially those with an arrhythmia interest. If re elected I will continue to bring these perspectives to council.”

Pier Lambiase

Over the past few months, as a co-opted member on Council I have formed a core clinical trials research committee to build on developing our research networks and work with other specialist societies utilising the new BHF Clinical Research Collaborative (CRC). Despite the current challenges-recent achievements include:

1. Formulation and grant submission of CRAAFT-AF RCT for AF ablation in Heart Failure with 23 centres collaborating with the British HF Society -it will be a definitive trial on the subject given the questionable applicability of CASTLE-AF in our population.
2 . Established regular meetings of the BHRS Multicentre Trials group members to discuss study ideas and protocols-initially face-to-face now online e.g. PROTECT HF pacing trial.
3. Enabled colleagues & Fellows to write published Cochrane systematic reviews.

Future Plans
1. Fully utilize the BHF CRC virtual platform to develop more collaborative studies with other sub-specialist societies as this network will be critical to all centres.
2. Improve opportunities for research funding & training for nurses, physiologists & doctors.
3. Increase the involvement of patient organisations with UK Arrhythmia research.
4. Enable BHRS to act as a portal for doctors, nurses & allied professionals.”

Steve Murray

The second is the development and decentralisation of services in the UK, as technology and techniques become easier and more readily carried out. I appreciate this is easier said than done, and will involve concerted recruitment across all allied healthcare staff. It may involve new ways of working, and I think the flexibility and adaptation we have shown during the COVID crisis paves the way to overcome the hurdles we may have faced in the past.”

Vivienne Ezzat

I feel the breadth of my geographical & personal experience is relevant, as I appreciate some of the difficulties we face in being able to understand each other’s differing viewpoints.

At Barts I have been instrumental in setting up a physiologist-delivered ACHD device clinic, & have strongly supported my physiologist friends & colleagues in furthering their training & careers. For the last 2 years, I have successfully brought together EP Consultants from across the country with an interest in ACHD, to a highly successful annual working group meeting (BiCCEP).

I am not afraid to advocate for those less able & feel strongly about bringing change where necessary.

My BHRS aspirations are for it to:

  • Understand how to make its work relevant to the widest EP community
  • Strengthen ties between organisations & improve integration, e.g. an extended nursing body, sub-speciality groups, e.g. ACHD. Identify barriers if connections are not flourishing
  • Recognise regional variations in engagement & how this can be improved
  • Acknowledge & positively challenge subconscious biases across all spheres of our work

I believe this will allow us to work most effectively , harmoniously & bring the greatest satisfaction from the work of the BHRS to staff & patients alike.”