2020 ANNUAL CONFERENCE - SPEAKERS

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
President of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society, 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 Matt Fay
GP Principal, Affinity Care, The Willows Medical Practice and Clinical Chair and Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Warwick Medical School, Coventry

Dr Matt Fay is a General Practitioner who joined Westcliffe Medical Practice in 1999. This has developed into the Affinity Care, a 27 partner “superpractice” based in Bradford managing 8 GP contracts and providing care for over 64,000 population.

Matt is the Clinical Chair of the partnership and the clinical director of Affinity Care PCN, but still does regular GP sessions at The Willows in Queensbury. In 2001 Matthew established a GPwSI cardiology service in Bradford which has expanded to provide direct access investigations and e-consultations.

He was a member of the NICE AF Guideline Development Group and was a standing committee member of the NICE Quality Standard Advisory Committee. He is currently a clinical advisor to the AF Association, STARS (the Syncope Trust), Arrhythmia Alliance, on the Expert Advisory Panel for the Stroke Association and on the faculty for Heart Valve Voice. He is a Trustee of the AF Association and Thrombosis UK. He has been involved in service redesign of cardiovascular services with a focus on AF, dysrhythmia and moving services out of hospital for many years. He was the clinical lead of the redesign of the Bradford VTE services to make it completely community and NOAC based.

He has previously worked in Bradford’s PCTs and CCG. As a father of four he insists that he is first and foremost a family doctor.

Dr Paul Ferenc
GP Partner, GPSI, Worcestershire and PCCS Treasurer

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
National Specialty Adviser for CVD Prevention, NHSE&I and Consultant Pharmacist for CVD, SE London CCG and UCL Partners

Helen is the National Speciality Adviser for CVD Prevention at NHSE&I and is working on delivery of the CVD ambitions for AF, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol in line with the Long-Term Plan. Helen has worked as a CVD specialist for more than 25 years in hospital, community, and primary care settings. She has led on the development and implementation of consensus evidence-based CVD guidance for use across South London covering a population of 3.6million and supported local practitioners through education and training, guideline implementation, clinical audit, service development and provision of virtual or face to face clinics. She was clinical adviser to the national AF AHSN programme and developed the pharmacist-led virtual clinic model to optimise uptake of anticoagulation in AF, which is now being spread nationally through the NHSE AF demonstrator programme. She is currently working at UCLP on the development and implementation of long-term conditions packages designed to support primary care in the post COVID-19 environment.

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
President, British and Irish Hypertension Society and Professor of Primary Care Cardiovascular Medicine (Hon), Institute of Clinical and Applied Health Research, Hull York Medical School

Terry McCormack is a GP in Whitby, North Yorkshire, Professor of Primary Care Cardiovascular Medicine at Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and President of the British and Irish Hypertension Society. He is a primary care researcher, particularly interested in hypertension, lipids and anticoagulation.

In 2020 he was the winner of the HYMS Undergraduate Medicine Phase II and III Teacher of Excellence Award. Guideline work includes the NICE Hypertension, Perioperative Care and Venous Thromboembolism guideline committees and the AAGBI/BHS preoperative BP guideline. He is an editor of the British Journal of Cardiology and a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology

SPONSORED SYMPOSIA SPEAKERS

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