The British Hypertension Society was founded in 1981 by eight clinicians “to provide a suitable forum where physicians, surgeons, physiologists, pharmacologists and others interested in the subject of hypertension could meet and present their work”.  In 2016 the membership voted to change the Society's name to the British & Irish Hypertension Society (BIHS) as it is now known.

The BIHS is made up of multidisciplinary clinicians and scientists working to reduce the burden and consequences of hypertension and cardiovascular disease in the UK, Ireland and beyond.

The Society has a track record of producing internationally renowned guidelines for the management of hypertension which are widely adopted in primary care in the UK and elsewhere. As part of our increasing engagement in improving blood pressure measurement we are now undertaking active validation of new blood pressure devices for the measurement of blood pressure. We also have an established educational programme to support scientists, doctors and other healthcare workers involved in understanding the basis of high blood pressure and improving its treatment throughout the UK.

The BIHS Executive Committee is made up of the president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and 4 ordinary members.

The Society also has five working parties and two Network Groups:

  • Guidelines and Information Service Working Party
  • Blood Pressure Measurement Working Party
  • Educational Programmes Working Party
  • Collaborative Research Working Party
  • Nurses & Allied Health Professionals Working Party
  • Young Investigators Network
  • Irish Network