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 working group, with input from representatives from BCIS, BHRS, radiology, occupational health and human resources have compiled this document to assist trainees, their supervisors, consultants and their colleagues with issues around radiation in pregnancy, pregnancy loss, fertility treatment, antenatal care, maternity leave and parental leave.
In an easy-to-understand FAQ format, information regarding these often poorly understood issues is provided in the hope that all cardiology trainees and consultants experience high levels of support and understanding during what can be a very challenging time for them.
Created: 20 August 2021
The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) released a Joint Statement together with the British Heart Valve Society (BHVS), the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgeons (SCTS), the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE), the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS) and the British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA) on Anticoagulation of Patients with Mechanical Heart Valves.
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....