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CONNECTED - Keeping you up-to-date on Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals’ education, news and opportunities.
 

Welcome to the fourth issue of Connected. We aim to share the latest Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust news with our colleagues, partners, and alumni around the world.

 
Education and events
Royal Brompton & Harefield
NHS Foundation Trust news
RB&HH Specialist Care
private patient news
Job opportunities
 
 
Education and events
 
Our hospitals are committed to providing up-to-date training and research advancements so that patients receive the best possible care. Here are just some of our upcoming specialist educational events.
 
 
London Arrhythmia Summit 2020
 
London Arrhythmia Summit 2020
 
This year’s London Arrhythmia Summit will be on 27th March 2020. Clinicians from the Trust will be joined by other international experts to highlight important guidelines and studies impacting daily practice as well as future new developments.

The summit is set to provide high-quality arrhythmia and device education and an opportunity to hear lively arrhythmia and pacing debates.

Reserve your ticket
 
Advanced Symposium on ACHD
 
Advanced Symposium on ACHD
 
Save the date! An international faculty of experts will come together in London on 21st–22nd September 2020 at the 12th Advanced Symposium on Adult Congenital Heart Disease.

During the symposium leading clinicians will share challenges and discuss opportunities in the treatment of adult congenital heart disease, focusing on end-stage congenital heart disease. The event will also be transmitted live to a global audience.

Reserve your ticket
 
Paul Wood Grand Rounds
 
Paul Wood Grand Rounds
 
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust provide centre stage for eminent experts in their field of interest to showcase state-of-the-art lectures to attendees from the UK and overseas.

Professor Sabine Ernst will present at the next event, focusing on atrial fibrillation management by catheter ablation. The update will be held on 19th March 2020.

Find out more
 
CardioAlex 2020 Conference
 
CardioAlex 2020 Conference
 
Dr Antonis Pantazis and a number of other Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital consultants will be presenting at the CardioAlex Conference 2020, held in Alexandria, Egypt. The conference will run from 2nd–5th June 2020 and will provide a great opportunity to share specialist knowledge with other professors and lecturers from around the globe.

Book your attendence
 
Upcoming courses
 
We offer a rolling programme of continuing professional development (CPD) courses and lectures throughout the year. Below is a selection of courses available this spring/summer.
 
 
Altered airway workshop day on safe management of airway stents, laryngectomy and tracheostomy patients
 
 
7th April 2020,
08:30 – 16.00

Location: Clinical skills and simulation centre (CSSC)

Find out more
 
 
 
Anatomy for electrophysiologists - Doctors
 
 
1st June 2020, 09.00 -
2nd June 2020, 13:00

Location: Royal Brompton Hospital

Find out more
 
 
 
Echocardiography of congenital heart disease
 
 
9th June 2020, 08.30 –
11th June, 17:00

Location: Royal Marsden education conference centre

Find out more
 
 
Education on the go
 
 
Educational talks
 
 
Educational talks
 
Watch our selection of educational talks to learn about new advances at your own convenience. Simply click on the video or visit our website.

Dr Vasilis Kouranos, Dr Rakesh Sharma and Professor Athol Wells explain the diagnosis and treatment cardiac sarcoidosis
 
Royal Brompton & Harefield
NHS Foundation Trust news
 
 
A burst of steam to relieve emphysema
 
 
A burst of steam to relieve emphysema
 
Severe emphysema patients can receive a new lease of life, thanks to an innovative new vapour ablation treatment offered at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. The new treatment, known as Bronchoscopic Thermal Vapour Ablation or BTVA, can be used to target very precise areas of the lung.

Dr Sam Kemp, explains, “During the procedure a bronchoscope is fed through the mouth to the worst affected area of the lung which needs to be treated. A balloon is then inflated to block the airway which means the steam reaches the targeted area only.”

Find out more
 
 
 
Harefield surgeon shares knowledge in Egypt
 
 
Harefield surgeon shares knowledge in Egypt
 
Mr Nizar Asadi, consultant thoracic surgeon at Harefield Hospital, visited the Magdi Yacoub Aswan Heart Centre in Egypt to set up a paediatric thoracoscopy service and offer video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) to patients with heart arrhythmias.

Mr Asadi passed on his expertise in minimally invasive VATS techniques with the Aswan centre’s doctors. He explained, “We are working together to further develop use of adult and paediatric thoracoscopic surgery, and I look forward to seeing how the centre progresses with its work.”
 
 
 
Professor Roxy Senior
 
 
Consultant receives outstanding service award
 
Professor Roxy Senior, consultant cardiologist and director of echocardiography at Royal Brompton Hospital, has been presented with an award for outstanding service by the Indian Academy of Echocardiography. He has been giving lectures at their conferences for the last 10 years and received the award at the academy’s silver jubilee celebration conference, Echo India, held in Kolkata.

Professor Senior commented, “The conference attracts opinion leaders in echocardiography from around the world and I feel very humbled and proud to be presented with this award.”
 
 
 
Dr Beverly Tsai-Goodman
 
 
New director of medical education
 
Congratulations to Dr Beverly Tsai-Goodman, consultant paediatric and fetal cardiologist, for her new appointment as the Trust’s director of medical education.

Dr Tsai-Goodman said: “The Trust has an impressive global reputation as a leading teaching hospital. Sharing our knowledge through teaching is important as the learnings can help patients everywhere. I have always had a keen interest in medical education and am really looking forward to leading this vital programme.”
 
 
 
Professor Fan Chung
 
 
Trust consultant leads severe asthma study
 
An international study looking at personalised medicine for patients with severe asthma has been awarded funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC). The PRISM study (PRecision Intervention in Severe asthMa) aims to introduce personalised medicine to ensure the right medications are prescribed to the right patients.

Professor Fan Chung, consultant respiratory physician at Royal Brompton Hospital, is leading the study. He explains, “The project will improve doctor’s diagnosis of the type of severe asthma patients are suffering with, leading to better personalised treatments.”

Read more
 
 
 
Dr Nicholas Simmonds
 
 
Growing ‘mini-organs’ to test new CF drugs
 
A ground-breaking new study is testing potential new cystic fibrosis (CF) drugs on ‘mini-intestines’ grown from the cells of patients with the disease.

The international Human Individualised Treatment in CF (HIT-CF) project, led in the UK by Dr Nicholas Simmonds at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, is currently underway and aims to help patients with rarer forms of CF. The first part of the project will allow researchers to test potential new drugs.

Find out more
 
 
 
Professor Alain Fraissé
 
 
Novel catheter intervention for treatment of PDA
 
More than 80 premature babies with a life-threatening congenital heart defect, Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), have been treated at Royal Brompton Hospital using a pioneering cardiac catheter intervention.

Professor Alain Fraissé, consultant paediatric cardiologist, carried out the first of this type of catheter intervention. He comments, “We have treated more babies than any other European centre. Our success has been a real team effort, combining the talents and expertise of cardiologists, anaesthetists and nurses at the Trust.”

Find out more
 
 
RB&HH Specialist Care
private patient news
 
Case Notes magazine
 
Case Notes magazine
 
Each edition of Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care’s magazine includes a round-up of the latest news and mix of articles.

The latest edition showcases the RB&HH transcatheter valve service which provides access to alternative life-saving treatments for faulty heart valves. Read about the TAVI service led by Dr Simon Davies, and the most experienced MitraClip therapy service in the UK led by Dr Robert Smith. Furthermore, discover the latest treatment for calcified coronary arteries using intravascular lithotripsy.

Read the full edition
 
New partnership with leading Egyptian hospital
 
New partnership with leading Egyptian hospital
 
Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals have signed an agreement with Ain Shams University Hospital, Cairo, to develop an aortic surgery service at the Egyptian Hospital.

British Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams commented, “I am delighted that Ain Shams University Hospital is partnering with Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals. This agreement will enable two outstanding institutions to join forces in delivering world-class cardiac service to Egyptian citizens.”

Find out more
 
Arab Health 2020
 
Arab Health 2020
 
Arab Health is the largest healthcare exhibition in the Middle East. During the 2020 event, Dr Simon Davies showcased transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and Dr Robert Smith a transcatheter mitral and tricuspid intervention.

The event attracted media coverage in the region including television, radio and one of Dubai’s top national daily newspapers, 'The National'.
 
Job opportunities
 
 
NHS Jobs
 
 
We are always looking to take on talented and motivated staff. Current openings at the Trust include:
 
•  Chief Cardiac Physiologist (CRM) - Cardiac rhythm management team – Harefield Hospital
 
•  Consultant - Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) – Royal Brompton Hospital
 
•  Clinical Fellow - Paediatric Respiratory Medicine (PCD and sleep medicine) – Royal Brompton Hospital
 
•  Senior Clinical Fellow - Cardiothoracic Surgery – Royal Brompton Hospital
 
View a list of all vacancies at the Trust.
 
 
 
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