Guidelines and Information Service Working Party


The Working Party was established in 2003 when small groups of interested BIHS members were formed to deliver specific projects on behalf of the Executive Committee.

Chair: Professor Franco Cappuccio
(Exec rep)
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Members  
Dr Adrian Brady
Professor Morris Brown
Mrs Jackie Howarth (Lay member)
Dr Terry McCormack 
Professor Gordon McInnes
Professor Gary McVeigh
Ms Michaela Nuttall
Professor Neil Poulter
Professor John Potter
Professor Peter Sever
Dr Wayne Sunman
Professor Bryan Williams

Remit:

  • To provide resources for health care professionals about hypertension
  • To provide guidelines and web-based timely updates in response to new trial evidence
  • To produce statements on the management of hypertension in special situations and topical issues
  • To develop a strategy, manage and support the Information Service to ensure that it delivers on the above

Current Activities:

  • Requests for information on a range of hypertension-related topics are handled on a daily basis by the Information Service
  • A Newsletter is circulated to members and members of the ISH. BIHS Members are encouraged to submit articles on:
    • Topics of interest/debate
    • Local news
    • Personal achievements
    • Educational activities
  • The development of guidelines for the management of hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases independently, as a Stakeholder with NICE and in association with the Joint British Societies

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Blood Pressure Measurement Working Party


The Working Party was established in 2003 when small groups of interested BIHS members were formed to deliver specific projects on behalf of the Executive Committee.

Chair: Professor Richard McManus  Professor_Richard_McManus.jpg
Members  
   
Dr Neil Chapman Dr Peter Lacy
Ms Liz Denver Dr Philip Lewis
Dr Phil Chowienczyk Professor Una Martin         
Dr Chris Clark (Exec Rep) Dr Annette Neary

 

Remit:

  • To review published validation studies with the aim of listing those that comply with the appropriate standards on the BIHS website
  • To oversee the BIHS Validation Service for manufacturers of blood pressure monitors
  • To engage with the MHRA and other interested agencies to regulate the use of mercury in clinical practice
  • To advise on and provide educational resources for the measurement of blood pressure

Current Activities:

  • The investigation of alternative methods of validating automatic blood pressure monitors
  • The promotion of self blood pressure monitoring as a diagnostic and management tool
  • Validation studies to test the accuracy of BP monitors
  • Engagement with retailers to promote the sale of validated devices for measuring blood pressure

 

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Educational Programmes Working Party


The Working Party was established in 2003 when small groups of interested BIHS members were formed to deliver specific projects on behalf of the Executive Committee.

Chair: Professor Sandosh Padmanabhan  Sandosh_Padmanabhan_photo.jpg
Members  
Mr Sam Akram Dr Mike Okorie  
Professor Mark Caulfield Dr Niko Tzemos         
Professor Christian Delles (Exec Rep) Dr James McLay
Dr Vikas Kapil Ms Karen Miles

 Remit:

  • To develop, organise, deliver and evaluate a range of educational initiatives across primary and secondary health care to improve knowledge and influence the prevention, detection and management of hypertension and cardiovascular disease in accordance with current BIHS guidelines
  • To engage stakeholders to develop a UK Specialist Accreditation programme and undertake a range of activities in support of this aim including Curriculum Design, Assessment and Quality Assurance
  • To continue to develop its links with other stakeholders to promote educational activities across the multi-professional health care team
  • To engage with those professional organisations involved in the delivery of care strategies to identify and reduce cardiovascular disease in the population, in particular pharmacists and nurses in primary/community care
  • To develop and implement an accreditation system for postgraduate programmes that contribute to the overarching educational aims of the British & Irish Hypertension Society

Current Activities:

This programme aims to provide a CPD-accredited education link with the Royal College of Physicians Training Programme. These are smaller, one-day group meetings (25-50 delegates) which focus on specific topics (e.g. ABPM, diabetes, secondary hypertension) and are aimed at BIHS members, junior doctors and GPs with a special interest in hypertension. We aim to run at least one Masterclass per year at varying locations around Britain. Dr Vikas Kapil takes the lead for the Masterclass organisation.
 
This is an established series of one-day educational events for health professionals who have completed a supplementary prescribing course but wish to gain additional knowledge in a specific area. Numbers are limited (40-60 delegates) in order to encourage group discussion. We aim to run 2-3 training days per year in varying locations around the country.
 
These study days are organised in association with the Nurses & AHP Working Party to deliver basic but   essential training.  We aim to run at least 2 training days per year around the country.
           Joint Meetings
           The Working Party engages with other societies to organise joint-meetings or symposia. Details of
           forthcoming events will be added here when finalised.
 
           BIHS Hypertension Specialist Accreditation Recognition
           Online application available via the BIHS members' area of the website.
          
           For further details and dates of these events see the 'Calendar of Events' page.

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Collaborative Research Working Party


The Working Party was formed in April 2006 when a meeting of BIHS members actively engaged in research was called to discuss collaborative prijects. A small group evolved to form the Working Party and a Research Network was established to provide a wider forum for discussion. 

The Working Party re-grouped in 2014 to widen the boundaries of BIHS involvement in national research into hypertension and cardiovascular disease. 

Chair: Professor Christian Delles (Exec Rep)  ChristianDelles.JPG
Members  
Dr Chris Clark Professor Una Martin
Professor Franco Cappuccio Professor Tom MacDonald
Dr Indranil Dasgupta Dr Isla Mackenzie
Dr Mark Glover Dr Carmel McEniery
Professor Paul Leeson Dr Paul Robinson
   

 Research Network: 

The Research network comprises BIHS members from all over the UK and Ireland who are actively involved in research.

Remit:

  • To design and execute new clinical research studies expected to benefit from collaboration among several centres
  • To engage with stakeholders to secure funding for BIHS research studies
  • To consider individual research projects for BIHS 'endorsement'
  • To 'adopt' studies in which at least one BIHS member/centre participates in delivery

Current Activities:

  • The PATHWAY project, funded by the British Heart Foundation
  • The online TIME study sets out to compare morning versus evening dosing of antihypertensive therapy. 
  • Various research projects for which grant applications have been made

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Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Working Party


 The Working Party was set up in 2010 following the dissolution of the Nurses Hypertension Association (founded in 1991) when its members were invited to join the, then, BHS (now BIHS).  The name was changed in 2013 to Nurses & Allied Health Professionals Working Party in order to widen the membership base.  Members comprise nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals (AHPs) from both primary care and secondary care working in the field of hypertension and cardiovascular disease. 

Chair: Joanne Loades

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 Members:

 

 Alison de Vries
 Jill Bunker
 Karen Miles
 Paul Robinson
Rosemary Fernandez
Naomi Stetson (Exec Rep)
Zoë Wells
 

Remit:

  • As clinical experts, to provide specialist nursing advice and expertise on all methods of blood pressure measurement
  • To review and advise on the practical application of new technology and devices used for measuring blood pressure
  • To participate in national consultation of guidelines and clinical standards
  • To provide training for nurses and AHPs in collaboration with other BIHS Working Parties
  • To disseminate good clinical practice through presentation of research and audit at the BIHS Annual Scientific Meeting

Current Activities:

  • The Working Party actively promotes BIHS membership and is keen to encourage new nurses and allied health professionals as members
  • Hypertension Update study days for nurses and AHPs in varying locations nationally
  • The Working Party collaborates with the Educational Programmes Working Party to provide a Non-medical Prescribers training programme
  • The publication of articles for professional journals on the management of hypertension and cardiovascular disease
  • Development of guidelines for AHPs on the management of hypertension in special patient groups
  • Development and updating of guidelines for blood pressure measurement

Networking:

The Working Party is pleased to encourage networking amongst BIHS members. Please visit the Members Area and search for other members in your area.

 

 

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