BHRS Certification The Log Books

In order to achieve BHRS Certification, candidates must complete and submit a logbook

Please Note: 2020

The certification and examination process and format will be changing this year for those candidates sitting ‘Devices’.  We will be adding full details of the new format after the examination on 12th November.  EP candidates will still be required to complete a log book.

EP Log Books

In order to achieve British Heart Rhythm Society Certification, EP candidates must complete and submit a logbook.

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: all patient identifiable information must be anonymised in the log books. Inclusion of any patient identifiable information is a clear breach of patient confidentiality and a serious governance issue. Markers have been instructed to return log books and fail candidates if they have patient identifiable information in their log books.

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 log book and this additional time must be factored in when completing a log book.

The log book 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 log books. You can and should start collecting evidence for your log book as soon as you are registered and NOT after you have passed the written exam.

The deadline for log book submission is 31st January. For example, if you register for the exam in January 2019 you have until 31st January 2022 to submit your log book.  Unless there are exceptional circumstances, no extension to this period will be considered.

All EP log books must be submitted electronically via Dropbox to exam-logbook@bhrs.com.  Your log book should not exceed 2GB (as this is the maximum Dropbox will allow).  More details can be found below.

Further instructions of how to use dropbox can be found here.

Please note all case studies should include copies of any investigations performed prior to device implant plus copies of pre and post implant ECGs.

Please ensure you include: 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.

Requests for log book extensions must always be submitted via email (and not by telephone) to exam-logbook@bhrs.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.

Note from Chair of Certification

We will audit 10% of log book submissions and as such you may be contacted by BHRS and asked to formally post your entire log book and supporting information to BHRS as part of our audit processes.  The log books are now available in both word and pdf versions to aid electronic completion and submission.

ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY LOG BOOK (PDF)
ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY LOG BOOK (WORD)
NURSES CLINICAL LOG BOOK GUIDELINES
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BHRS Certification

The logbook component is very important and requires a significant amount of time and effort to complete. 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.
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