Committee Members

Dr Jim Moore

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. Dr Moore was involved in the development of the Primary care-based Gloucestershire Heart Failure service where he currently works as a GPwSI. He continues to represent Primary care in the cardiovascular arena at both a locally and nationally.

Having previously served on the board of the British Society for Heart Failure, Dr Moore is currently a member of both the NICE Chronic Heart Failure Guideline committee and the National Heart Failure Audit Steering group. He is also Clinical Lead for the West of England AHSN Stroke Prevention in AF project, “Don’t wait to anticoagulate”.

Helen Williams
South London

As Consultant Pharmacist for CVD Disease, Helen is involved in a wide range of activities across South London to improve the care of patients with or at risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Helen chairs the local cardiovascular medicines working group which develops and supports the implementation of consensus evidence-based guidance for use across South London’s 12 clinical commissioning groups and 7 acute trusts, covering a population of 3.6million.

Currently, there is a strong focus on medicines optimisation in primary care for long terms conditions such as heart failure, hypertension and atrial fibrillation with the aim of reducing the burden of acute hospital admissions and she has been involved in supporting primary care practitioners through guideline implementation, clinical audit and provision of pharmacist-led virtual clinics.

A key focus over recent years has been to increase the proportion of patients with AF who are anticoagulated to reduce the incidence of AF-related stroke.

Helen was recently appointed as the clinical lead for CVD within two South London CCGs, Clinical Director for AF in the local Health Innovation Network, National Clinical Adviser to the collaborative atrial fibrillation programme of the 15 Academic Health Science Networks across England and also co-chair of the Pan-London stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation strategy group.

In addition, Helen is an editorial board member for the British Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Medicines Optimisation, has worked with NICE on the development of a number of cardiovascular guidelines and is a member of the NHS England Primary Care Cardiovascular Leadership Forum and the London Cardiovascular and Stroke Strategic Clinical Leadership Groups.

Dr Richard Blakey
East Sussex

Dr Richard Blakey is a GP and GPwSI in Cardiology in East Sussex. He works at Eastbourne District General Hospital, in a general cardiology clinic, as well as running a 3-site community cardiology service covering 168,000 population.

Richard is the CVD lead for EHSCCG and the Enhancing Quality Lead for Heart failure in primary care and the community for the KSS AHSN. He sits on the NICE Implementation Collaboratives for the Non VKA Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs) and Natriuretic Peptide testing.

Beverley Bostock
Nurse Practitioner

Beverley’s clinical role is that of nurse practitioner for long term conditions at Mann Cottage Surgery in the Cotswolds. She has worked in general practice since 1984 in both rural and urban practices. As a nurse prescriber Beverley has a particular interest in the pharmacological management of long term conditions.

In her teaching role as Education Lead at Education for Health, Warwick Beverley writes and delivers education on diabetes, respiratory conditions, cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal problems. Beverley supports and mentors students (nurses, GPs, pharmacists, paramedics etc.) through their academic studies at diploma, degree and masters level. This education role ensures she keeps up to date with latest developments.

Beverley writes extensively for the nursing press in a range of peer-reviewed journals. Examples include ‘Cardiac implications of drugs used to treat type 2 Diabetes’ (British Journal for Cardiac Nursing); ‘Dual Bronchodilators in COPD’ (Independent Nurse) and ‘Reflection for Revalidation’ (Practice Nurse).

She is also a reviewer for publications such as the British Journal for Cardiac Nursing and the Primary Care Respiratory Journal. In November 2016 Beverley became editor in chief of the British Journal of Primary Care Nursing –

Beverley is a guest lecturer at Imperial College London on the MSc in preventive cardiology and am a regular speaker at national conferences such as ‘Best Practice in Nursing’, ‘Primary Care Nursing Expo’, the Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal Conference and the Primary Care Respiratory Society conference. She is also the nurse representative on the committee of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society.

Dr Paul Ferenc
GP and GPSI in Cardiology

Dr Ferenc graduated from Birmingham and completed foundation years in the North West, where he undertook a cardiology house job until moving to Worcestershire to undertake GP training. Since 2015 he has been working at the local hospital as a GPwSI in cardiology with the local cardiology team.

Throughout this time Dr Ferenc has 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. He is lead for IHD, AF and heart failure within the practice, but also lead within their cluster group in reviewing cardiology referrals.

Dr Ferenc currently a stakeholder in the NICE DAC for lead I ECG device in primary care.

He hopes to become develop the ‘Impulse AF’ programme in the local area in the near future.

John Campbell
Nurse Practitioner

John works as a nurse practitioner with specialist interest in cardiology in a busy primary care practice in Teesside. As well as providing acute minor ailments service, John maintains a role with patients with a range of long-term cardiac conditions and has special interest in atrial fibrillation.

John spent 6 years as a nurse consultant developing nurse-led services including thrombolysis in Accident and Emergency, Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic, and Nurse-led Myocardial Perfusion Service, and contributed to the national development of extended nurse prescribing from its introduction in 2002.

John has worked in primary care since 2012 and was a member of the national guideline development group with the updating of the NICE guidelines for Atrial Fibrillation that were published in June 2014.

Professor Ahmet Fuat
Past President and Honorary Professor of Primary Care Cardiology

Prof Ahmet Fuat has been in general practice in Darlington since 1986.

As well as being a GP postgraduate GP tutor and PCT cardiology lead, he also works as a GP specialist in cardiology and for 14 years has run an integrated heart failure service across primary and secondary care.

Holding a PhD from Durham University he is an active researcher in cardiology and was recently awarded an honorary chair in Primary Care Cardiology from Durham University School of Health, Medicine and Pharmacy.

Prof Fuat sits on the editorial boards of both the BJC and PCCJ and is an active member of the BCS. He has published widely in peer reviewed journals. He is a tutor on the Bradford postgraduate diploma in cardiology course and chairs and lectures in cardiology nationally.

Prof Fuat has also served on the NICE and ESC guideline development groups on heart failure (acute and chronic) and myocardial infarction respectively. He has led development of the PCCS.

Dr Matt Fay
GP Principal, Clinical Chief Executive, Honorary Clinical Lecturer

Dr Matthew Fay is a General Practitioner who joined Westcliffe Medical Practice in 1999. This has developed into the Affinity Care, a 25 partner superpractice based in Bradford managing 8 GP contracts and providing care for over 64,000 population.

Matthew is the Chief Clinical Executive 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, Anticoagulation UK, 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, spending the majority of his time seeing people in the setting of a general practitioner.

Trudie Lobban
Patient Representative

Trudie Lobban MBE, FRCP Edin, established STARS (Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures) charity following the diagnosis of her daughter with RAS and at the request of her paediatric neurologist in 1993. STARS has developed into an international non-profit organisation and Trudie is recognised worldwide as a patient expert on syncope and unexplained loss of consciousness.

Trudie was instrumental in organising and campaigning to introduce new standards in the UK for arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death with the successful launch of an extra chapter in the National Service Framework on Coronary Heart Disease by the government and Department of Health in the UK in 2004/5. Trudie went on to establish the Arrhythmia Alliance - The Heart Rhythm Charity®: working together to improve the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for all those affected by arrhythmias.

A-A is a coalition of charities, patient groups, patients, carers, medical groups, policy makers, politicians, government officials and allied professionals. Although these groups remain independent, they work together under the A-A umbrella to promote timely and effective diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias.

In 2007, due to the high demand for information and resources on atrial fibrillation, Trudie launched the AF Association.

Trudie has provided a unique partnership between healthcare professionals, politicians, policy makers, patients and caregivers and allied professionals. Trudie was recognized for her Services to Healthcare when being made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2009.

The Charities Commission has congratulated her on providing such a service. All three charities are now international and established in more than 40 countries; Trudie is President/Chair internationally.

She was recognised for her contribution to medicine when she was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Trudie is Chair or member of numerous Advisory Boards both nationally and internationally and is author/co-author of numerous publications and research projects. She sits on many committees – NICE, NHS, PHE, NICOR, NIHR, NHS SCIP, NCSPLC, AF Screen, BHRS & BCS Council, and numerous research committees – the only non-medical person to do so. Her services are called upon globally where she presents or contributes on the importance of patient involvement and HCP education to improve outcomes in the patient care pathways and delivery of health services. She is also an author and co-author of numerous medical papers relating to cardiac arrhythmias.

Trudie has authored and co-authored numerous papers, appeared in many journals, written a chapter for ‘Cardiology Clinics’ as well as involvement in countless media outlets. She has been interviewed on numerous TV and radio in the UK and globally including Australia, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy and media tours of USA talking on syncope, AF and arrhythmias. Trudie regularly meets with government officials, ambassadors, health ministers, royalty and Prime Ministers as well as Members of the European Parliament to highlight the need for improved services for people with cardiac arrhythmias and those delivering the service.