Committee Members

Ahmet Fuat
President
Darlington

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

Beverley Bostock-Cox
Nurse Practitioner
Cotswolds

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 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 Youssef Beaini
GP and GPSI in Cardiology
Bradford

GP and GPSI in cardiology, CVD Lead for Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCGs. CVD Advisor to Yorks and Humber clinical network.

Dr Beaini spent 5 ½ years as a hospital cardiology registrar and then moved across to GP training. He is CVD lead for his three local CCGs and advisor to the York and Humber clinical network. He is a tutor on the Bradford University PwSI cardiology course. He is CVD lead for the Bradford’s Healthy Hearts program which aims to reduce CVD across the CCG and this resulted in nearly 21,000 patient interventions over two years. CVD events in the CCG have fallen significantly after the program started by 211 fewer MIs and strokes in the first year or so, and it has saved an estimated £1.2million. The program has won the 2016 BMJ award for Clinical Leadership, and two awards in the 2015 General Practice awards.

Helen Williams
Secretary elect
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.

Jim Moore
President elect
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.  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” .

John Campbell
Nurse Practitioner
Teesside

John Campbell Teesside 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.

Paul Ferenc
GP and GPSI in Cardiology
Worcestershire

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.

Richard Blakey
Treasurer elect
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.