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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Complex Devices
- General cardiology
Dr Clarke qualified from Oxford Medical School in August 1989 as a batchelor of medicine and surgery ( BM BCh). Entered St Catherine's College Oxford in 1983 and awarded an upper second (II.I) in Physiological Sciences in 1986. Having gained his membership of the royal college of physicians (MRCP) in 1992 he entered higher medical and cardiology training with approximately 50/50 of his experience in district and teaching hospitals. Returned to Oxford in 1995-2001 to train as a cardiologist and was appointed as a consultant cardiologist at Warwick in 2001.
His passion is clinical cardiology which involves the diagnosis, care and management of patients with heart related diseases.
Dr Clarke was accredited in transthoracic echocardiography in 2002 and has been regularly reaccredited.
As his main interest is heart failure, rhythm disturbance and pacing he trained and was accredited in cardiac device implants and management (2009-2012) and subsequently set up the cardiac device service at Warwick in June 2012.
In May 2017 he took up the role of Clinical Director of cardiology at Warwick. Warwick cardiology now Has 6 consultants compared with 2 back in 2001.
Procedures he performs and approximate numbers in brackets: Coronary angiograms (>2000), standard pacemakers (>1000), complex cardiac devices (>300), transthoracic echocardiography (>3000), DC cardioversion (>200), reveal loop recorder implants (>75)
He enjoys friends and family, general fitness and skiing, cultural holidays and city breaks and good wine.
Areas of interest
Heart failure and valve disease;
Atrial fibrillation and heart rhythm disturbances;
Cardiac pacing / standard pacemakers;
Cardiac devices (complex pacemakers) to treat heart failure and reduce risk of sudden death;
Chest pain / angina assessment
Passionate about quality care. This starts with giving patients time to explain their issues and listening. The information directs careful examination and targeted investigations and ultimately a personal treatment plan. As a result Dr Clarke's consultations do not always run to time.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant cardiologist at Warwick hospital since 2001. Has held private practice privileges at the Warwickshire Nuffield since 2002.
While training and accrediting in cardiac devices he held an honorary consultant post at University Hospitals Coventry.
Since 2017 Dr Clarke has been Clinical Director of Cardiology at Warwick. This involves team building, developing local services, working together with middle and senior managers and all groups of staff.
Formerly involved in research including projects in echocardiography and relationship between clinical severity of genetic abnormality in myotonic dystrophy and ECG abnormalities.
As a district general cardiologist Dr Clarke's emphasis is on quality care and service development. In recent years this included training and accreditation in cardiac devices and subsequently setting up a cardiac device service at Warwick.
General fitness, cycling and skiing
Activity and cultural holidays
Clinical excellence wards 2004 and 2015
In his younger days in athletics Dr Clarke was a pole-vaulter and competed for Oxford, Achilles (Oxford+Cambridge blues team) and Haringey.
Peer reviewed papers and editorials in Heart : ECG abnormalities in myotonic dystrophy, patent foramen ovale, case reports; in International Journal of Cardiology: Transthoracic versus transoesophageal echocardiography for detection of patent foramen ovale
Case reports in Heart, British J Cardiology, Postgraduate medical Journal
Book chapter in Oxford Textbook of Surgery
Presentations at national meetings: British Society of Echocardiography, British Cardiac Society
Courses offered to GPs
New treatments and individual management of heart failure
Use of complex devices in heart failure, indications and F/U
Insights to management of atrial fibrillation
Very low risk with diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. No Mortality in any procedure
Infection rates with pacemakers and complex devices significantly below national standards. Dr Clarke relates this to daycare procedures, meticulous care during procedure and careful wound care.
- BM BCh Oxford Medical School 1989
- MA Physiological Sciences Oxford Medical School 1993
- MRCP Royal College of Physicians London 1992
- BSE British Society of Echocardiography 2002
- BHRS British Heart Rhythm Society-Cardiac Devices 2012
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians 2013
- Cardiac Device implants and management University Hospitals Coventry 2009
Reference number 3324811
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Clinical Director of Cardiology Warwick General Hospital 2017
Details of entry to specialist register
- Cardiology and General Internal Medicine, 2001
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow of The Royal College Physicians London
Member of the British Cardiac Society
Member of British Society of Echocardiography
Member of British Herat Rhythm Society
Member of British Society of Heart Failure
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Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Via Dr Clarke Secretary 07889000608
Via Warwick Hospital Switchboard (24/7)
When Dr Clarke is away on leave he will instruct his secretary or cover secretary re urgent contact details