Valve clinic are now seen as best-practice. This has led to a trend for cardiologists, physiologists or nurses to be asked to start valve clinics without any specific competencies which places an unreasonable burden on them. Furthermore there has previously been no nationally-agreed criteria to define valve-specific competencies sufficient to run a valve clinic.
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.
All members appearing here have declared qualifications and activity sufficient to qualify for specialist competencies in heart valve disease. However the British Heart Valve Society does not verify information or assess members and therefore does not formally approve or recommend any individual.