British Society for Heart Failure

MEET THE BOARD

The BSH’s governing body develops strategy, defines policy, agrees the business plan and monitors the progress of BSH affairs. It oversees the execution of the BSH charitable aims and ensures the proper and effective management of BSH assets.

The elected Board members are:

PROFESSOR

SIMON WILLIAMS


Chair

Consultant Cardiologist
Wythenshawe Hospital,
South Manchester

Name: Dr Simon Williams
Role and place of work: Cardiologist, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester
Accomplishments: Having been a BSH board member since 2011 I am now proud to chair the Society. I lead a busy heart failure service at the North West Heart Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital, one of the UK’s top cardiac centres, providing specialist cardiac services to 3.2 million people. I frequently act as a clinical expert to NICE to approve new drugs for use in heart failure. Expert Advisory Group member for the NHS 10 year plan. Avid skier on a good day in good conditions.                                    Professional/Heart Failure goals: To make sure every patient with heart failure has access to specialist care, no matter where they live                  Twitter handle:@SimonGWilliams Email:[email protected]

 

MS CARYS BARTON

 

Chair BSH Nurse Forum

Heart Failure Nurse Consultant, Imperial College Healthcare Trust, London

Name: Ms Carys Barton – RN, Msc
Role and place of work: Heart failure nurse consultant , Imperial College healthcare Trust, London
Accomplishments:  I am a heart failure nurse consultant at Imperial College Healthcare Trust in London. I presently serve as the Chair, British Society for Heart Failure Nurse Forum and as such I am a co-opted board member of the British Society for Heart failure. Prior to this I was Deputy Chair, British Society for Heart Failure Nurse Forum 2018-20 and Board Observer 2017 -2019.

Other positions I currently hold are Vice Chair of the Pan-London Heart Failure Steering Committee and committee member of the British Geriatric Society – Cardiovascular Special Interest Group.

I am an experienced heart failure and cardiology specialist nurse and have worked in several specialist areas from the first “grown up congenital heart disease” unit, to cardiac catheter labs and everything in between! I have worked as a senior cardiology nurse in many specialist centres since 1990, undertaking my very first cardiac specialist nurse training in 1994 between Royal Brompton and London Chest hospitals. I have a special interest in supportive palliative care in heart failure

I am 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.

I am a keen to supporter of heart failure patient charities. My goal is to ensure equitable, consistent and excellent standards of care for people living with heart failure.

Twitter handle:@CarysBarton          Email: [email protected]

professor roy gardner

PROFESSOR
ROY GARDNER


Chair Elect

Consultant Cardiologist
Scottish National Advanced
Heart Failure Service
Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Glasgow

Name: Professor Roy Gardner
Role and place of work: Consultant Cardiologist, Scottish National Advanced Heart Failure Service, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank, Glasgow
Accomplishments: Honorary Professor – University of Glasgow; Research interests: Heart failure, complex devices and biomarkers; Editor – Oxford Handbook of Heart Failure; Editor – Oxford Textbook of Heart Failure; Serves on several ESC groups including HF curriculum and HFA examination committees; Scientific advisor/clinical expert to NICE      Professional/Heart Failure goals: to offer patients good quality  longevity    LinkedIn: Roy Gardner 

dr paul kalra

PROFESSOR
PAUL KALRA


Past Chair

Consultant Cardiologist
Portsmouth Hospitals
NHS Trust

Name: Professor Paul Kalra
Role and place of work: Portsmouth University NHS Trust
Accomplishments: Consultant Cardiologist with specialist interest in heart failure at Portsmouth University NHS Trust and Honorary Professor of Cardiology.  He has developed an integrated multi-disciplinary team of heart failure specialists across primary and secondary care and set up local ICD and CRT implantation. Paul has been on the British Society for Heart Failure Board since 2009, and was Chair 2017-2019. During his role as Chair he was instrumental in getting heart failure recognised as a priority and incorporated into the NHS LTP. He is currently helping to drive implementation of the plan, contributing to NHS England’s NHS Long Term Plan Heart Failure and Heart Valve Disease Expert Advisory Group.

He co-founded the UK Cardiorenal Forum, which held its 15th annual meeting in 2020. He has been involved in question writing and exam setting for the European Exam in General Cardiology for over 5 years and in 2020 was appointed Chair of the UK standard setting group for this exam. 

He has set up and leads a cardiovascular research programme in Portsmouth. He is chief investigator for the BHF funded IRONMAN study (outcome study of intravenous iron in patients with chronic heart failure).       Portsmouth University NHS Trust

dr lisa anderson

DR LISA ANDERSON

Deputy Chair

Consultant Cardiologist
St George’s NHS Trust
London

Name: Lisa Anderson
Role and place of work: Consultant Cardiologist, St George’s NHS Trust London                                        Accomplishments: Dr Anderson is a consultant cardiologist and Honorary Reader in the Cardiovascular Clinical Academic Group, St George’s University in London, UK.

Dr Anderson was appointed as Heart Failure Consultant at St George’s Hospital in 2005 and has worked with colleagues and commissioners towards improving heart failure services across South London. Dr Anderson led the project to open  the UK’s first Acute Heart Failure inpatient unit at St George’s in April 2016, providing specialist nursing, therapist and cardiac care to admitted patients with heart failure.

Dr Anderson’s early CMR research involved the development of a new method (Cardiac T2*) for early detection of cardiac iron overload. This method is now accepted as the International gold standard and has helped to transform the management of haemoglobinopathy patients.

Dr Anderson is a member of the Pan London Heart Failure Steering Group and the NHSE South London Heart Failure Operational Delivery Network.

Dr Anderson proposed the NCEPOD inquiry into inpatient heart failure deaths and was subsequently a member of the Clinical Advisory Group for the National Confidential Enquiry in 2018.

Dr Anderson chaired the writing group for the UK Ambulance Service guidelines for heart failure in 2018.  

Dr Anderson was a Clinical Expert for the NICE TA for Sacubitril Valsartan in 2015 and a Clinical Expert for the Evidence Review Group (ERG) for NICE TA for Ivabradine 2012.

Dr Anderson is the Deputy Chair of the British Society for Heart Failure 2019-2021 and has been a committee member since 2015.

Accomplishments: Dr Anderson is a consultant cardiologist and Honorary Reader in the Cardiovascular Clinical Academic Group, St George’s University in London, UK.

Dr Anderson was appointed as Heart Failure Consultant at St George’s Hospital in 2005 and has worked with colleagues and commissioners towards improving heart failure services across South London. Dr Anderson led the project to open  the UK’s first Acute Heart Failure inpatient unit at St George’s in April 2016, providing specialist nursing, therapist and cardiac care to admitted patients with heart failure.

Dr Anderson’s early CMR research involved the development of a new method (Cardiac T2*) for early detection of cardiac iron overload. This method is now accepted as the International gold standard and has helped to transform the management of haemoglobinopathy patients.

Dr Anderson is a member of the Pan London Heart Failure Steering Group and the NHSE South London Heart Failure Operational Delivery Network.

Dr Anderson proposed the NCEPOD inquiry into inpatient heart failure deaths and was subsequently a member of the Clinical Advisory Group for the National Confidential Enquiry in 2018.

Dr Anderson chaired the writing group for the UK Ambulance Service guidelines for heart failure in 2018.  

Dr Anderson was a Clinical Expert for the NICE TA for Sacubitril Valsartan in 2015 and a Clinical Expert for the Evidence Review Group (ERG) for NICE TA for Ivabradine 2012.

Dr Anderson is the Deputy Chair of the British Society for Heart Failure 2019-2021 and has been a committee member since 2015.

dr stephen pettit

DR STEPHEN PETTIT

Treasurer

Consultant Cardiologist
Royal Papworth Hospital
Cambridge

Name: Stephen Pettit
Role and place of work: Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Papworth Hospital and Clinical Lead for Transplantation.
Accomplishments: Some success in managing to balance busy clinical practice, research and life outside medicine.
Professional/Heart Failure goals:
To identify, assess and treat patients with advanced heart failure.
Twitter handle: @drstephenpettit

dr carol whelan

DR CAROL WHELAN

Councillor

Consultant Cardiologist and Amyloid Specialist
Royal Free NHS Trust London

Name: Dr Carol Whelan
Role and place of work: Consultant Cardiologist Royal Free Hospital, London
Accomplishments: Trust lead for heart failure, Cardiologist for the National Amyloidosis Centre, Royal Free Hospital, London. Clinical expert to NICE for amyloidosis. Previous BSH board observer 2017-2019 and currently BSH councillor 2019-2021. Chair of BSH sub-committee on policy and media.
Professional/Heart Failure goals:
To ensure that all patients with heart failure are assessed by heart failure specialists. To increase amyloidosis awareness and access to treatments.
Twitter handle: @CJWhelan18

ms jane beezer

MS JANINE BEEZER

Councillor

Advanced Clinical Pharmacist in Heart Failure
Sunderland NHS Trust

Name: Janine Beezer
Role and place of work: Advanced Clinical Pharmacist (heart Failure). South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust. Visiting Research Fellow, Newcastle University.
Accomplishments: Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Member of National Heart Failure Audit Domain Expert Group;
Board member BSH;
Founding Member UK Clinical Pharmacist; Association Heart Failure group.
Professional/Heart Failure goals:
Improve care for older patient with heart failure and expanding the MDT to meet their needs;
Expanding the role of specialist pharmacists in the management of heart failure;
Encouraging the Non Medical Allied Health Professional research strategy.
Twitter handle: @janinebeezer

DR SUE

PIPER

Councillor

Consultant Cardiologist
Kings College Hospital NHS Trust
London

Name: Dr Susan Piper
Role and place of work: Consultant Cardiologist, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London Accomplishments: Chair of the Pan London Heart Failure Steering Group, Chair of the BSH sub-committee for Education. Member of European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure Association examination committee. Member of the HFA Patient Care committee                      Professional/Heart Failure goals: To ensure high quality HF care for all through innovation, education, training and clinical excellence                              Twitter handle: @DrSuePiper

The Board invites observers from its membership to the Board who have the skills and behaviours necessary to support the Society’s activities. This is a developmental position and their role is to attend board meetings and contribute to discussion as a valued member of the team.

Observers to the board 2019-2021:

Louise Clayton

MS LOUISE CLAYTON

Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Heart Failure Specialist
Leicester

DR SIMON

BEGGS

Heart Failure Medical Trainee
Glasgow

Shuli Levy

DR SHULI

LEVY

Geriatrician with Heart Failure Special Interest
London

Name: Shuli Levy
Role and place of work: Consultant Geriatrician – Cardiology liaison, Hammersmith hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Accomplishments:
Since 2016, established and led in-patient Cardiogeriatrics service at Hammersmith hospital;
Heart failure clinics and MDTs;
Speciality liaison: Renal medicine, Haematology, Cardiothoracic surgery;
Acute and general medicine consultant, Imperial College; Healthcare NHS Trust
Chair British Geriatrics society ethics and law group;
Core writing group for BMA/RCP guidance on Clinically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration (2018);
Working group for RCP guidance on Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness (2019)
Lecture locally and nationally on above, including Cardiology in the Elderly and on Ethics and Law – to include British Geriatrics Society, BACPR, RCP, UK Clinical Ethics Network, RSM;
RCP Emerging Women Leader’s inaugural intake graduate (2018-19);
Training lead for Geriatrics, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (HH/CXH sites);
Member of Imperial College Peri-operative and Ageing research group, the first of its kind within Imperial.
Professional/Heart Failure goals:
Promote and develop heart failure education in general medicine and geriatrics, both community and inpatients;
Encourage cross-fertilisation of the specialties to improve understanding and patient outcomes;
Develop links with heart failure geriatricians and others across the country, working together to manage our population better;
Foster a research rich environment where older patients are actively involved in clinical trials.

dr jim moore

DR JIM

MOORE

GP with Heart
Failure Interest
Gloucester

Name: Dr Jim Moore FRCP Edin
Studied medicine in Edinburgh before moving to Gloucestershire to work as a GP principal.
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.
Accomplishments:
Development of the Primary Care based Gloucestershire Heart Failure service where he continues to work as a GPwSI.

Represents Primary Care in the cardiovascular arena at both a local and national level. Provided cardiovascular clinical support to local commissioning organisations for over ten years and till recently chaired the Circulatory Clinical Programme Group for Gloucestershire CCG.

Member of the NICE Chronic Heart Failure Guideline committee (2018) and currently sits on the National Heart Failure Audit Domain Expert Group

MS MAGGIE SIMPSON

Senior Nurse Specialist
Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac
Glasgow

Name: Maggie Simpson
Role and place of work:
Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist, Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Glasgow
Lead Clinician – Scottish Obstetric Cardiology Network, National Services Scotland
Accomplishments:
Chair:  Scottish Heart Failure Nurse Forum & British Adult Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association
ESC Association of Cardiovascular Nursing & Allied Professions: Co-chair of Education Committee & Young Community UK representative                   Heart Failure Hub Scotland: Previous co-ordinator & current steering group member
Council:  UK Maternal Cardiology Society
Chair:  ‘Women’s Heart Health’ subgroup of the Scottish Governments ‘Women’s Health Plan’
Professional/Heart Failure goals:
– for people to receive a timely diagnosis of heart failure (HF) and access to the right heart failure specialist at the right time, regardless of the aetiology of HF
– develop and provide education to the specialist and non-specialist HF workforce to facilitate high levels of patient care including appropriate assessment, investigation and management
– through cross-speciality working, develop sustainable services for those who use them
Twitter handle: @m4ggiesimpson

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DR PARMINDER CHAGGAR

Heart Failure Consultant
Cornwall

Name: Parminder Chaggar
Role and place of work:
Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Lead for Heart Failure at Royal Cornwall Hospital, sub-specialist interest in heart failure and complex pacing.
Honorary Consultant at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust where he supports the regional lead extraction service.
Accomplishments:
Expanding, developing and delivering specialist heart failure / device services and research in the South West.
Professional/Heart Failure goals:
To stay sane whilst delivering high quality specialist heart failure care and device therapy to patients in the South West and supporting heart failure colleagues at local, regional and national level.

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