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PCCS Scotland Conference

PCCS Scotland Conference

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We are delighted to have held our first Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS) conference specifically for healthcare professionals in Scotland. The Conference was entitled 'Cardiovascular care in Scotland: Practical implementation in Primary care', and took place on Tuesday 7th November 2023 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Glasgow Central. 

The full agenda and speakers can be found on the tabs above. The presentation slides will be available to view shortly. 

We would like to thank our industry sponsors; without their support the day would not be possible.


Tuesday 7th November 2023


Arrival, exhibition and networking


Welcome and introduction

Chair: Prof Ahmet Fuat


Morning sponsored symposium


State of the Nation: Cardiovascular disease in Scotland

Speaker: Richard Forsyth


What is cardio renal metabolic disease and what should we be doing about it?

Speaker: Dr Kevin Fernando


Refreshments, exhibition and networking


Advances in Diabetic Kidney Disease; A primary care approach

This symposium is organised and fully funded by Bayer Plc, contains promotional content and is intended for GB Health professionals only. Adverse event reporting and prescribing information is available at this session.

Speaker: Dr Kevin Fernando

RP-KER-GB-0506 I September 2023


CVD and Breathlessness

Speaker: Frances Barrett


Lunch, exhibition and networking


Detect, Protect and Perfect in NVAF

Speaker: Dr Colin Stirrat


A stepwise approach to lipid management – What more can we do in primary care?

This promotional meeting has been organised and funded by Daiichi Sankyo UK and is intended for UK Healthcare Professionals only. Daiichi Sankyo medicines will be discussed at this meeting. Adverse event reporting and prescribing information will be available at the session.

Speaker: Iain Speirits


Refreshments, exhibition and networking


Managing Refractory Hypertension: Successes and Pitfalls

Speaker: Prof Adrian Brady


Achieving lipid targets in secondary prevention

Speaker: Prof Ahmet Fuat


Heart failure care and pathways in Scotland

Speaker: Dr Alan Japp


Closing remarks

Agenda subject to change


Dr Jim Moore

Dr Jim Moore

Past President of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society, GP, GPSI Cardiology, Gloucestershire

Dr Moore is a GP in Gloucestershire with a special interest in Cardiovascular Medicine and Past President of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society, spearheading significant changes in this organisation. He lectures extensively across the UK.

He has been heavily involved in National CVD advisory groups, guidelines and working parties. He was a member of the NICE Chronic Heart Failure in Adults Guideline committee (2016-2018) and was a board member of British Society for Heart Failure.

Dr Moore has provided cardiovascular clinical support to local commissioning organisations for over two decades and more recently to Cardiac Networks in the South-West. He is currently Clinical Co-Lead (Primary Care) for the West of England Integrated Cardiac Clinical Network.

Dr Moore is the National Clinical Co- Lead (Primary Care) for the National Cardiac Transformation Programme which has included working closely on NHSE initiatives such as Managing Heart Failure @Home and more recently chaired a group that developed the National (NHSE) guidance for the Virtual Ward care for people with heart failure (in publication).

He has been involved in the establishment and subsequent development of the community-based Gloucestershire Heart Failure service since its inception in 2003 where he continues to work as a GPSI.


Prof Ahmet Fuat

Prof Ahmet Fuat

Honorary Professor of Primary Care Cardiology, Durham University, GP Appraiser and GPSI Cardiology, County Durham

Professor Ahmet Fuat has recently retired as a GP in Darlington, Co.Durham after 37 years in the same practice and 41 years as a qualified doctor. He will continue to work as a GPSI Cardiology running a genetic lipid service for County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust, and take up a role as Medical Director for OBEROI Consulting.

He has been a GPSI Cardiology for 26 years having undertaken a Postgraduate Diploma in Cardiology at Bradford University graduating with distinction. He started the first one stop diagnostic and integrated heart failure clinic in the UK in 2002 with local colleagues.

He has a PhD in research in heart failure diagnosis and management, which includes work on natriuretic peptides and has generated several publications that influenced guidelines and led to his recognition as an Honorary Professor at Durham University.

He holds various roles in CVD and research including the past President and past Education & Research lead for the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS) which he was instrumental in reforming and GP Research Engagement lead for NENC CRN.

He has a passion for medical education and remains an active lecturer, tutor and researcher. He is a peer reviewer for most high impact Cardiovascular journals, BMJ, BJGP and research bodies. His work in community cardiology has been recognised with Fellowships from the RCGP, RCP London and RCP Edinburgh and the PCCS.

Dr Kevin Fernando

Dr Kevin Fernando

FRCGP FRCP Edin. FAcadMEd MSc Diabetes

GP Partner North Berwick Health Centre, GP with Specialist Interest in CVRM & Medical Education.

Kevin is a part-time GP Partner working at North Berwick Health Centre, near Edinburgh. Kevin is also Scottish lead of the Primary Care Diabetes Society, Content Advisor for WebMD Medscape Global & UK and a co-founder of GoggleDocs.

Kevin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2000 and holds both MRCGP and MRCP(UK) qualifications and has completed a Master’s degree in diabetes which he passed with distinction.

Kevin has been elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and also the Academy of Medical Educators for his work in diabetes and medical education.

Dr Colin Stirrat

Dr Colin Stirrat

Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Colin Stirrat is Consultant Cardiologist in Lothian with a special interest in cardiac electrophysiology and device therapy. He treats patients with cardiac rhythm disorders, including atrial fibrillation and guides medical treatments including carrying out catheter ablation procedures for this condition. He is an accredited member of the European Heart Rhythm Association. 

Richard Forsyth

Richard Forsyth

Health & Care Lead (Scotland), British Heart Foundation

Richard has worked within health (predominantly cardiovascular) for the past 20 years; graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science he previously managed the Exercise Referral Scheme and Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme in Glasgow.

For the past 11 years he has worked as Scotland Lead for the British Heart Foundation both as part of the Health Services Engagement and Health & Care Teams. He works closely with Government and NHS partners to enable service improvement with a specific focus on health inequalities, ensuring patients with heart and circulatory disease receive the best possible care. He is chair of the National Cardiac Rehabilitation Steering Group in Scotland, working collaboratively with services to set strategic priorities as part of the Heart Disease Action Plan.’

Frances Barrett

Frances Barrett

BSc Hons (first Class) Respiratory, RGN, Long Term Conditions Diplomas, OCN Spirometry Trainer, Level 4 teaching certificate, CPR, Defibrillation, first aid at work trainer and NIAS Community First Responder trainer and volunteer.

Frances has accrued over 30 years’ experience within the healthcare sector – having worked initially as a long-term conditions’ nurse specialist in General Practice for over 15 years, then as the community based pulmonary rehabilitation lead for the Southern (Board) Trust.

Frances currently works as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist in General Practice two days per week, she is an Associate Lecturer in the University of Ulster on specialist practice programmes.

Frances is on the PCRS service development committee and Asthma Right Care (ARC) group.

In June 2016 Frances partnered with a colleague to jointly project manage the Northern ICP LES COPD project. They developed and gained accreditation for bespoke COPD education for HCPs across General Practice and in April 2018 – they then created their own training company “Barrett & McGrath Education and Mentoring Services Ltd.” offering bespoke respiratory education, training, facilitation and mentorship to General Practice and beyond, and to date over 1000 Healthcare Professionals have successfully completed  asthma, COPD, Spirometry, Inhaled therapies and devices, and Chest Examination auscultation courses.

Dr Alan Japp

Dr Alan Japp

Consultant Cardiologist, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and St John's Hospital; National Clinical Lead for Heart Failure, Scottish Government

Dr Japp has been a Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Lead for Heart Failure in NHS Lothian since 2015. He is also an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer for University of Edinburgh with active research interests in Heart Failure, including major clinical trials and the role of Biomarkers. Since 2021 he has been Scottish Government National Clinical Heart Failure Lead.

Prof Adrian Brady

Prof Adrian Brady

Professor of Cardiology and Consultant Cardiologist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Honorary Professor, University of Glasgow

Professor Brady graduated in Medicine from Edinburgh University in 1985, summa cum laude.  He trained in Cardiology at the Hammersmith Hospital, the London Chest Hospital and the National Heart and Lung Institute, London.  During his research time Professor Brady won the British Cardiac Society Award and the American Heart Association Young Investigator Award.  He was appointed Consultant Cardiologist to Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1996.  

He is visiting Professor of Cardiology, Mayo Clinic; Visiting Professor of Cardiology, Cleveland Clinic; Visiting Professor of Cardiology, Public Health Foundation of India;  Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Cardiology, and Honorary Member of the Korean Society of Cardiology.

Professor Brady’s major specialities are the clinical aspects and epidemiology of hypertension, coronary heart disease and pulmonary embolism.  He was the principal investigator in four major UK studies (totalling 140,000 patients).  He was the Principal Investigator for the UK in the IMPROVE-IT trial (TIMI 40) in acute coronary syndromes (ACS), and currently the KONA WAVE trial in renal denervation.

Professor Brady has published >100 papers in medical research journals on the above subjects and also in basic cardiovascular biology.  His textbook, “New Perspectives on Hypertension,” is now in its third edition.  He is the Principal author of the Hypertension section of the current Mayo Clinic Textbook of Cardiology.   Professor Brady has given over >200 invited national and international lectures including Plenary lectures at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the European Atherosclerosis Society, the American Heart Association, the Japanese Circulation Society, the French Cardiac Society, the National Societies of South Korea, Chile, Portugal, Hong Kong, Thailand, Norway, Denmark, Croatia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Egypt, the World Congress of Cardiology and the Mayo Clinic.  Professor Brady represented the ESC on a lecture tour of China. 

Professor Brady was elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association in 2003, and the ESC in 2011.  He is the Past President of the British and Irish Hypertension Society,  past Chairman of the Guidelines Committee of the British Cardiovascular Society, past Chairman of SHARP, and represented the UK on the ESC Guidelines Development Group.  Professor Brady was a principal author of the 2007 Scottish National Guideline for Coronary Heart Disease, the 2008 ESC Guideline on Pulmonary Embolism, and the 2010 SIGN Guideline for Venous Thromboembolism (VTE).  He was an author of the 2018 European Guideline for Hypertension and will chair the forthcoming 2022 SIGN Guideline for VTE.

Professor Brady conceived, developed and led the acclaimed Football Health Scotland study of dietary and lifestyle therapy in middle-aged men.  Professor Brady is the clinical lead for this Scotland-wide project, linking football and health across the nation.  His Channel 4 television programme about diet and blood pressure was screened in 2018.

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Venue Address: 

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Glasgow Central, Cambridge Street, Glasgow, G2 3HN

Travel Information: 

  • Nearest train station:
    • Glasgow Charing Cross Railway Station (0.5 miles)
    • Glasgow Queen Street Railway Station (0.5 miles)
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