Dr Derek Connolly
PCCS Observer Council Member, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist and Director of Research & Development, Birmingham City Hospital

Dr Derek Connolly is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Birmingham City Hospital, Birmingham UK.

He trained in Cambridge, London, Edinburgh and San Diego where he was a Carnegie Scholar. He has a first class degree in Pharmacology from the University of Edinburgh where he was the Brunton medallist and Keasbey Bursary holder. His PhD in molecular cardiology is from the University of Cambridge.

He is the Chief or Primary Investigator of multiple large trials in Cardiovascular medicine.

He developed one of the UKs first primary angioplasty programmes, and one of the UKs largest cardiac CT programmes.

Dr Jim Moore
PCCS President, GP, GPSI Cardiology, Gloucestershire

Dr Moore studied medicine in Edinburgh before moving to Gloucestershire to work as a GP principal. He has an interest in cardiology and cardiovascular disease, particularly those aspects that are relevant to Primary Care and contributes regularly to related educational events across the UK. He is President of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society.

Dr Moore was involved in the development of the Primary Care based Gloucestershire Heart Failure service where he continues to work as a GPwSI.

He continues to represent Primary Care in the cardiovascular arena at both a local and national level. He has provided cardiovascular clinical support to local commissioning organisations for over ten years and remains actively involved in commissioning local cardiology services chairing the Circulatory Clinical Programme Group for Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). He was Clinical Lead for the community based West of England AHSN Stroke Prevention in AF project: Don’t wait to anticoagulate.

Dr Moore previously served on the board of the British Society for Heart Failure and was a member of the NICE Chronic Heart Failure Guideline committee (2018). He currently sits on the National Heart Failure Audit Steering group.

Dr Matthew Fay

GP The Willows Medical Practice, Bradford GPwSI at Westcliffe Cardiology Service Chief Clinical Director Affinity Care

Dr Paul Ferenc
PCCS Treasurer, GP and GPwSI in Cardiology, Worcestershire

Graduated from Birmingham and completed foundation years in the North West., where I undertook a cardiology house job. Moved to Worcestershire to undertake GP training. Since 2015 I have been working at the local hospital in the cardiology department. Throughout this time, I have been heavily involved at primary care level in the improvement of cardiovascular disease monitoring and treatment, especially the use of anticoagulation and detection of AF.

I am lead for IHD, AF and heart failure within the practice, but also CVD lead in the PCN. I am currently a CVD Clinical Advisor for the local AHSN with the aim of improving outcomes for cardiovascular disease in the region. I also run local education sessions in cardiovascular disease.

Dr Richard Blakey

MBBS Dip.Card PCCS Board Member; Atrial Fibrillation and Community Heart Failure Lead, Kent, Sussex & Surrey Academic Health Science Network; GPSI Cardiology TCCS / ESH NHS Trust; CVD and Renal Lead Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, Chairman; Director

Dr Shahed Ahmad
South East

National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, NHS England and NHS Improvement, Medical Director System Improvement and Professional Standards, NHS England and NHS Improvement South East Region

Helen Williams

Consultant Pharmacist for Cardiovascular Disease, South London, UK National Clinical Adviser for AF, AHSN Network Clinical Director for AF, Health Innovation Network Clinical Lead for Cardiovascular Disease, Southwark and Lambeth CCGs

Louise Clayton (BSH) Nurse
Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Heart Failure Hospital Service Lead, Leicester

Louise began her career in nursing in 1996 and spent four years working on a cardio-renal acute medical ward in Leicester. During this time her passion to improve the lives of patients living with heart failure was ignited. The ‘revolving door’ experience of those living with heart failure was all too apparent. In 2,000 Louise worked alongside Professor Iain Squire in a research trial which explored the effectiveness of heart failure specialist nurse interventions.

She then spent almost 14 years establishing and developing the Leicester City Community Heart Failure Nursing Service. In doing this, Louise had the opportunity to work alongside GPs and Acute Sector Consultants to provide that all important bridge between providers. She has held a number of Honorary lectures posts, teaching across the breadth of the multi-disciplinary team, including facilitating the Leicester programme of the Caledonian heart failure management course.

The last five years have been spent developing an Acute Heart Failure Service within University Hospitals of Leicester. Along with heart failure consultants the team now run a 72 hour urgent heart failure service, have a 27 bedded dedicated heart failure unit and specialist in-patient nursing team with excellent links to the wider MDT.

Louise is the Deputy Chair of the British Heart Failure Nurses forum and a board member of the British Society of Heart Failure. She is honoured to Chair the Alliance for Heart Failure, working with key stakeholders to promote and improve heart failure across the UK. Throughout her career she has maintained her clinical focus.

Seeing patients every day of the week and gaining the most satisfaction from the relationships forged during these times. Improving the lives of those affected by heart failure continues to be Louise’s passion.

Professor Ahmet Fuat
PCCS Council Member and former PCCS President, Honorary Professor of Primary Care Cardiology, Durham University, GP, GP Appraiser and GPSI Cardiology, County Durham

Professor Ahmet Fuat has been a GP in Darlington, Co.Durham for 33 years. He has been a GPSI Cardiology for 20 years having undertaken a Postgraduate Diploma in Cardiol-ogy at Bradford University graduating with distinction. He started the first one stop diagnostic and integrated heart failure clinic in the UK in 17 years ago with local colleagues. His PhD by research in heart failure diagnosis and management including work on natriuretic pep-tides generated several publications that have informed guidelines and led to the award of an Hon-orary Professorial Chair at Durham University.

He holds various roles in CVD and research including the Past President of the new Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS) which he was instrumental in reforming, CVD Clinical Adviser to the RCGP, CVD and Research Leads for Darlington Primary Care Network (PCN) and Federation, As-sociate Lead for Industry Research at North East and North Cumbria NIHR CRN. He has recently been elected onto the newly formed Darlington PCN Governing body as a GP member, CVD, Research Leads and Chair.

He has a passion for medical education and remains an active lecturer, tutor and researcher. He is on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Cardiology and Primary Care Cardiovascular Jour-nals and a peer reviewer for most high impact Cardiovascular journals and research bodies. His work in community cardiology has been recognised with Fellowships from the RCGP, RCP London and RCP Edinburgh.

Professor Nick Linker

Consultant Cardiologist at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, National Clinical Director for Heart Disease NHS England and Improvement and Chair of the Cardiac Services Clinical Reference Group

Professor Terry McCormack

Vice-President of the British and Irish Hypertension Society, Honorary Professor of Primary Care Cardiovascular Medicine at Hull York Medical School, and GP, Whitby Group Practice


Dr Yassir Javaid
MA (Cantab) FRCP FRCGP PGDip Cardiology Cardiovascular and Diabetes Lead Nene CCG Primary Care Cardiovascular lead, East Midlands Clinical Network RCGP Clinical Adviser for Cardiology

Dr Javaid qualified from Cambridge University and completed his GP VTS training in Northampton. He has an interest in cardiology and echocardiography and was a clinical lead in the Northamptonshire Community Cardiology service, which had a focus on patients with heart failure and valve disease.

He was named Pulse “GP of the Year” in 2015 for his work in reducing stroke emergency admissions in the East Midlands. He is also a council member of the British Heart Valve Society, accredited member of the British Society of Echocardiography and on the editorial board for the British Journal of Cardiology.

Ketan Kavia

MPharm (Hons) PGCert Pharmacist Advanced Clinical Practitioner Specialist Interest in Cardio-Metabolic Medicine and Research Leicestershire Anticoagulation Committee. National/European Educational Trainer and Speaker

Professor Jeffrey Stephens

Clinical Professor of Diabetes, Swansea University & Consultant Physician in Diabetes, Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine , Morriston Hospital, Swansea

Vishal Mashru

Head of Medicines and Research