BHRS Certification The Log Books

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

In order to achieve British Heart Rhythm Society Certification, candidates must complete and submit a log book.  There are 2 log books, 1 for devices and 1 for EP.  You complete ONE log book only. Both doctors and physiologists should complete the same log books.  Nurses with a special interest in CRM have their own logbook equivalent.

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.

The log book 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 log book 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 log book. 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 always 31st December. For example, if you register for the exam in January 2018 you have until 31st December 2019 to submit your log book.  Unless there are exceptional circumstances, no extension to this period will be considered.

From January 2018, all log books must be submitted electronically via Dropbox to exam-logbook@bhrs.com even if registered and started before 2018.  You complete ONE log book only and the 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 appreciate that this is a new system but we hope this will actually simplify the process of submitting log books, reduce costs to individuals in terms of postage whilst also improving security in that log books cannot go missing in transit.  It is also hoped that the time to mark the log book 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 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.

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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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