Guidance, Publications & Reports
On this page you will find useful documents, publications and reports including recent work of the BCS Clinical Standards Division. The remit of the division is to define and agree national clinical and professional standards for individual and organisational practice in cardiovascular healthcare, review clinical and professional standards published by national organisations and to advise on regulatory and professional matters which could affect the practice of cardiovascular healthcare in the UK. To review, and where felt appropriate, endorse guidelines and to consider and respond to issues relating to the professional clinical practice of Society members.
BCS Guidance, Recommendations & Responses
The BCS has been working with the Association for Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care, the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society, the British Heart Valve Society and the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery to produce joint guidance on the structure and function of cardiac multidisciplinary meetings.
Getting the best from the Heart Team:
Guidance For The Structure & Function Of Cardiac Multidisciplinary Meetings
Guidance document regarding the NHS England and NHS Improvement | NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) operating framework for urgent and planned services during COVID-19 which sets out some broad guidance on the screening of both patients and staff.
The purpose of the document is to place the generic guidance into the context of cardiology services. It is not intended to be didactic but to provide a framework for the development of local arrangements.
NB: It is a live document and may change as more information becomes available and the population prevalence of COVID-19 alters.
Created: 2 June 2020
There is a widespread realisation that many innovations prompted by COVID will be beneficial in the longer term and should be adopted into routine practice. The Future of Cardiology Report aims to summarise these innovations and provide a framework for their incorporation into routine clinical practice.
BCS Reviews of ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines
In 2020, five new clinical practice guidelines were published by the European Society of Cardiology. The BCS Clinical Standards Group has reviewed the guidelines and written short summaries with a focus on what is new and any important differences from UK NICE guidance.
Management of Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD)
Diagnosis and Management of Atrial Fibrillation
"Comparing with the most recent (draft) AF NICE guidance, the main recommendations which differ from....
Sports Cardiology and Exercise in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease
Management of Acute Coronary Syndromes in Patients Presenting Without Persistent ST-Segment Elevation
"Guidance for antiplatelet therapy has become more detailed. There is now a distinction based on if the patient is likely to undergo coronary intervention....