Valve clinics are now seen as best-practice. Sometimes cardiologists, physiologist / scientists or nurses are asked to start valve clinics even before they have developed specialist valve competencies. This places an unreasonable burden on them. Furthermore there has previously been no nationally-agreed criteria to define specialist valve competencies. The aim of the BHVS register of clinicians self-reporting valve competencies is therefore to:
- Guide clinicians in planning training and CPD to gain competencies in valve disease
- Raise the standard of and reduce the variability in valve care by encouraging key quality measures
- Provide a set of information for patients to judge whether their care is run by clinicians with suitable competencies
- Guide commissioners on components likely to reflect a specialist service
Although this register is to record individual competencies it is not possible to practice effectively without a structure lacking basic standards for example expert imaging. The form therefore requests information about the service as well as the individual clinician or scientist.