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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Complex Devices
- Structural/Heart failure
I graduated from Cambridge University and started as Consultant Cardiologist at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust in 2004. In 2019 I was appointed as Honorary Professor of Cardiology. The majority of my work involves assessment, investigation and management of patients with known or suspected cardiac (heart) problems. This includes patients with symptoms of breathlessness, palpitations and chest pain. While I have a broad interest in all aspects of general adult cardiology, my sub-specialty interest is the assessment and management of patients with heart failure (where the heart doesn’t work efficiently as a pump).
I have championed local heart failure service development and co-developed the local complex device service, initiating implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and cardiac resynchronisation therapy device (CRT) implantation and follow up. I have extensive experience in assessment of patients for consideration of and the implantation of pacemakers and complex devices (CRT and ICD).
I was elected Chair of the British Society for Heart Failure (BSH) 2017-2019, having been on the board since 2009 (now past chair). This is the national body providing expert advice, support and education to NHS organizations and healthcare professionals. In 2019 the UK’s largest heart failure patient charity, Pumping Marvellous Foundation, presented me with the Platinum patient educator award – recognising extraordinary work towards building awareness of heart failure and advocacy of better systems to improve care for patients.
I am committed to medical education and help organise regular national meetings (see www.bsh.org.uk and www.cardiorenalforum.com) for hospital doctors, GPs and specialist nurses. I actively contribute to education of cardiology trainees through roles within national (British Cardiovascular Society, BSH) and international (European Society for Cardiology) societies.
I have a major research interest and set up and lead the Portsmouth Cardiology research team. I am Chief Investigator (lead) for a large British Heart Foundation funded study evaluating the role of intravenous iron in patients with heart failure (IRONMAN – 75 UK centres), which has potential to shape international guidelines and clinical practice. I have over 100 peer review publications and edited a textbook ‘Specialist Training in Cardiology’ which was Highly Commended in the BMA Medical Book Competition.
Areas of interest
Heart failure; angina; atrial fibrillation; palpitations; valvular heart disease; hypertension; pacemakers; complex devices (implantable cardioverter defibrillators, cardiac resynchronisation therapy devices)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Cardiologist and Heart Failure Lead
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
I am extremely interested in research with a focus on heart failure and also how the heart and kidney interact in different disease states.
I have founded and lead of an expanding cardiovascular research programme. I am responsible for 1 fellow, 3.4 research nurses delivering 15 trials. Our Unit has received national recognition with invited presentations on how to set up and deliver research/recruitment.
I am the Chief Investigator for a new multi-centre heart failure study in the UK.
When away from work I love spending time with my wife and 3 young boys. I enjoy most sports although in this respect the majority of my time is now spent ferrying children to football and watching from the side line. I still manage to play some football and am a keen cyclist.
Runner up: Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy 2013
Over 75 peer reviewed scientific publications.
I helped write the UK heart transplant guidelines 2011.
Co-editor of text book 'Specialist Training in Cardiology' (Highly commended in BMA medical book competition)
Courses offered to GPs
I am committed to medical education at local, national and international levels. I am always keen to participate in local educational events around cardiology.
Reference number 3582312
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- MB BChir Cambridge University 1992
- BA Hons Cambridge University 1989
- MRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians (London) 1995
- MA Hons Cambridge University 1993
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians (London) 2007
- Doctor of Medicine (MD) Imperial College, Univeristy of London 2009
Details of entry to specialist register
- Cardiology, 2003
Affiliations / memberships
British Society of Heart Failure
British Cardiovascular Society
Fellow Royal College of Physicians
- Spire Portsmouth Hospital, PO9 5NP
- 08:30 - 13:00
- 023 9235 2206
- Spire Portsmouth Hospital, PO9 5NP
- 14:00 - 17:00
- 023 9235 2206
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