Providing education and training
The Guy's and St Thomas' non-invasive cardiology department is very active with local and national education and training, running innovative electrocardiographic courses.
We're at the forefront of training in cardiac physiology with good links to several universities.
We've also developed a screening echo accreditation programme to further accommodate the needs of acute medicine.
Influencing national policy
Several members of the department are involved with national policy as members of professional bodies including the:
- British Cardiovascular Society
- Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeon
- British Society of Echocardiography
- British Heart Valve Society – a new national body dedicated to improving the clinical care of patients with valve disease. The current working group has published the first of a set of recommendations for improving care using a specialist valve clinic. Many of our staff are involved at executive level. For more information see the British Heart Valve Society webiste.
We're also advising the Academy of Healthcare Science, IQIPS and the Health Technology Assessment programme.
Continuing to develop
Our department has also seen substantially increased cross-sectional imaging activity, particularly with the further development of cardiac CT, performing 880 studies in a year.
Our echocardiography service continues to grow. We have developed a sonographer-led tranoesophageal echocardiogram (TOE) service in addition to the sonographer-led bubble clinic, stress lists, and the sonographer-led valve and adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) clinics.
Our quality assurance programme has also been consolidated and extended.