PCCS SPRING CONFERENCE 2021 'CURRENT CONVERSATIONS IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE' - SPEAKERS

Professor Michael Norton
MB, BCh, BAO, MRCGP, FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Lond), Dip Sync (RCPI)

Professor Michael Norton is a Consultant Community Cardiologist and Visiting Professor of Community Cardiology based in the North East of England. Michael runs the Dept. of Community Cardiology in Sunderland. He is also the Deputy Medical Director of the North East Ambulance Service and is clinically active in pre-hospital emergency medicine. Michael has significant experience in syncope and related disorders having worked for over eighteen years (six as head of Department) within the Falls & Syncope Service at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary. Michael’s main clinical and research interests are cardiovascular risk reduction, neuro-cardiovascular syncope and cardiac arrest. He is a director and national council member of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society. He is also the co-founder of Cardioproof, a community interest company, which aims to improve survival from cardiac arrest by increasing bystander CPR and use of public access defibrillators.

Dr Jim Moore
President PCCS, 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 Sarah Jarvis
MBE, FRCGP, GP and Medical Broadcaster

Sarah trained at Cambridge and Oxford universities and became a partner in an inner-city general practice in 1990. She was a GP trainer for 25 years until 2017. She is an active medical writer and broadcaster and is the resident doctor for BBC Radio 2 and the One Show on BBC One. She also appears regularly on UK television and radio programmes including Channel 5, Good Morning Britain, ITN Lunchtime News, LBC and Radio 5 live. In 2017 she became clinical director of the website Patient.info, which provides patient health education to over 120 million people a year worldwide. She oversees all the clinical content of this site. Sarah is past chair of the Health Care Committee of HEART UK, the cholesterol charity, and is a member of the advisory board for the British Journal of Cardiology. She is also past Chair of the Women’s Taskforce at the RCGP and Women’s Health Spokesperson for the RCGP. She has also authored Diabetes for Dummies (now in its third edition), Pregnancy for Dummies, Children's Health for Dummies, Women's Health for Life and The Welcome Visitor, a book on the ethics of dying co-authored with the broadcaster John Humphrys. Sarah was appointed an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year’s Honours list in December 2017 for services to public understanding of health and general practice. In 2021, Sarah was appointed as visiting Professor of General Practice, University of Huddersfield.

Professor Martin Cowie
MD, MSc, FRCP, FRCP (Ed), FESC, FHFA, FACC, Professor of Cardiology, Imperial College London

Martin Cowie is Professor of Cardiology and Chair of Cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London. He is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, where he leads the heart failure service, and a Non-Executive Director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Professor Cowie's research interests focus on health technology assessment and delivery of efficient and effective care for patients with heart failure, with a particular focus on diagnostics, drugs, or devices. He has had a longstanding interest in evaluating remote monitoring and now digital technologies in heart failure. Professor Cowie is a founding member and past-Chairman of the British Society for Heart Failure, in addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). He chairs the Digital Health Committee of the ESC, and was responsible for organizing the first European Society of Cardiology Digital Summit in October 2019 in Tallinn. Professor Cowie was shortlisted for the NHS Digital Champion (Leadership) Award in England in 2017, was awarded the Thomas Lewis Medal for services to British Cardiology in 2019, and was the recipient of the Roy Award from the UK Heart Failure Patient Charity, Pumping Marvellous in 2019 for outstanding contribution to excellence in heart failure.

Professor Ahmet Fuat

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

Mrs Carys Barton
British Society for Heart failure Board Member, Heart Failure Nurse Consultant

Mrs Carys Barton is a Heart failure Nurse Consultant at Imperial College Healthcare Trust in London. She presently serves as the Current Chair British Society for Heart failure Nurse forum and as such is a coopted British Society for Heart failure board member. Prior to this she was Deputy Chair British Society for Heart failure nurse forum 2018-20 and board observer 2017 -2019. Other positions Mrs Barton currently holds are vice chair of the Pan London Heart Failure Steering Committee and committee member of the British Geriatric Society Cardiovascular Special Interest Group. She is an experienced heart failure and Cardiology specialist nurse that has worked in several specialist areas from the first “grown up congenital heart disease” unit, to cardiac catheter labs and everything in between! She has worked as a Senior Cardiology Nurse in many specialist centres since 1990 undertaking her very first Cardiac specialist nurse training in 1994 between Royal Brompton and London Chest Hospitals. She has a special interest in supportive Palliative Care in Heart Failure. Mrs Barton is committed to supporting the education and further development of Heart failure specialist Nurses and their services, through the nurse forum but also as an honorary lecturer of heart failure masters modules at Glasgow Caledonian University and Keele University. She is a keen supporter of heart failure patient charities. Her goal is to ensure equitable, consistent and excellent standards of care for people living with heart failure.

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

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 – www.bjpcn.com Beverley is a guest lecturer at Imperial College London on the MSc in preventive cardiology and is 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.

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

Dr Dermot Neely
Former Head of the Lipid Clinic, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle

Dr Dermot Neely is former Head of the Lipid Clinic, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle and Director of Supra-Regional Assay Services for Lipids and Cardiovascular Biomarkers in the Integrated Laboratory Medicine Directorate, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He was an expert adviser on the NICE Lipid Modification Guidelines in 2008 (CG67) and member of the Guideline Development Group for the CG181 guideline in 2012–14. Now retired from clinical practice, he is currently Specialist Adviser on Lipids to the Academic Health Sciences Network for North East and North Cumbria, a member of the AAC Rapid Uptake Products Working Group on PCSK9 inhibitors and sits on the NHSE Specialist Advisory Group on Familial Hypercholesterolaemia. Dr Neely is a founder Trustee of HEART UK and co-chair of the HEART UK Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Intelligence Network (FHIN).

Dr Paul Ferenc

GP and GPwSI in Cardiology, Worcestershire

Dr Matthew Fay

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

Dr Derek Connolly
PCCS Observer Committee 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.

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

Professor Beverley Jane Hunt OBE
Consultant in Haemostasis and Thrombosis, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Professor of Thrombosis & Haemostasis at King’s College London; Consultant in the Thrombosis & Haemophilia Centre at Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust; and Clinical Lead in Haematological Sciences at Viapath LLP. Professor Beverley Hunt is founder & Medical Director of Thrombosis UK and chair of the Steering group of World Thrombosis Day. She was awarded an OBE on the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2019 for services to medicine. In the COVID-19 pandemic, she has become an international expert on thrombosis and coagulopathy in COVID-19 patients, and has given over 60 webinars including being an expert witness for the British House of Lords Science and Technology Committee. She has also given numerous media interviews including working with BBC News. She sits on the World Health Organisation and NICE guideline development groups producing living COVID-19 guidelines, and is also a member of multiple national and international COVID-19 research and advisory groups.

This meeting is supported by unrestricted grants from Bayer, Daiichi-Sankyo and Novartis who have had no input into the faculty or content.