The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Annual Congress is being held at the London Excel Centre 29 August through 2 September. This is the largest international cardiology conference, and it is exciting to host it in the UK. Each year nearly 30,000 physicians, nurses and allied health professionals gather for several days to hear the latest clinical trials, updates and debates on important issues, present abstracts, and network with colleagues interested in every aspect of healthcare related to cardiovascular conditions. The spotlight this year is on the ‘Environment and the Heart’ (both external and internal environments).
On Saturday 29 August there is a special one-day programme for GPs, nurses and AHPs. The General Cardiology Track for general practitioners is 3 dedicated sessions plus the opportunity to attend the ESC Inaugural Session later that afternoon. These sessions include case presentations of cardiac or potential cardiac patients likely to present to primary care, an update on atrial fibrillation, and a session on primary care dilemmas. You can find the programme here: http://bit.ly/1MXw69G.
Nursing and AHPs are active in congress, participating in invited sessions and presenting abstracts. The Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP) leads activities for nurses and AHPs within the ESC. The nursing and AHP programme was developed by CCNAP and the British Association of Nurses in Cardiovascular Care (BANCC). The 3 invited sessions can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1TjrYj9 and participants can also attend the ESC Inaugural Session (always worth seeing) following those seminars. This is an opportunity to hear distinguished speakers from the UK, Europe and North America! Speakers include Professor Salim Yusuf, President of the World Heart Federation, and Professor Vera Regitz-Zagrosek who led the EuGenMed project to develop a “Roadmap for the implementation of sex and gender into biomedicine and health research in Europe”. Other speakers include our colleagues in the UK, such as Lynda Blue from the British Heart Foundation and Dr. Jenny Welstand among others. US colleague Barbara Fletcher will present on the Global Cardiovascular Nursing Leadership Forum (GCNLF), an international effort to mobilise nurses to lead cardiovascular prevention across the world. GCNLF was started by the Preventive Cardiology Nurses Association in the US, and both CCNAP and BANCC were well represented at the Inaugural meeting last October. The 3 sessions for the Nursing and AHP programmes are:
- Crossing Boundaries – Nurse Led Services Across Healthcare Sectors
- Cutting Edge Cardiovascular Interventions
- Cardiovascular Prevention Across All Levels
Cost for registration for the Saturday programme is €55, which is around £39. You can register here: http://bit.ly/1Kd6IGL