Welcome to Connected. This is a quarterly newsletter created to share Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust news with our colleagues, partners and alumni around the world.

Our aim is to deliver useful information on topics that are relevant to you. Whether that be news, education programmes, partnership opportunities or employment openings within the Trust.

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Connected: spring edition


Education and events

Our hospitals are committed to providing up-to-date training so that patients receive the best possible care.

Healthcare professionals are offered a rolling programme of continuing professional development (CPD) courses and lectures.

Aorta London 2019

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust are hosting the fourth Aorta London 2019 event (formally Aorta Masterclass) on the 10th-11th October 2019.

With the increasing case-load of specific aortic diseases and the need to manage them optimally, this event offers a platform for everyone interested in this emerging field.

Contact us for sign-up details.



UK's first international postgraduate course in heart failure launched

In January the new London postgraduate course in heart failure launched. Sixty international applicants were selected for the two-year course. Professor Thomas F. Lüscher explains, “Participants spend time in our world-leading hospitals and discuss issues with experts in treating heart failure. This new Trust led programme offers education at the very highest academic and medical levels.”

Interested in future intakes? Contact Ruth Amstein.


Upcoming events

The Trust runs training events and courses throughout the year, here are a selection of courses available this summer.

Echocardiography in congenital heart disease – Introduction for absolute beginners 
10 June 2019, 13:30 – 17:00

Echocardiography of congenital heart disease – Full course (including hands-on workshops)
11 June 2019, 08:30 – 13 June 2019, 16:30

Team and resources for airway in critical care (TRACC)
16 July 2019, 09:00 – 17:00

Find out more or make a booking.

Education on the go

Watch our selection of educational talks to learn about new advances at your own convenience.

Simply click on videos below or visit our site.

Dr Wajid Hussain provides an update on ECG interpretation in primary care.






Dr David Gareth Jones discusses atrial fibrillation






Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust news

Sharing our specialist knowledge - Collaboration and visiting doctors programme

Consultants and staff from across our hospitals share their specialist knowledge through teaching and other initiatives. This has resulted in partnerships with healthcare organisations both within the UK and across the globe.

One of our most recent collaborations has been the establishment of a long-term visiting doctor programme in Kuwait. Consultants now have the opportunity to visit local hospitals to share clinical knowledge and improve healthcare outcomes for Kuwaiti patients.

Over the last year, many consultants have visited the Sabah Al-Ahmad Cardiac Centre in Kuwait including; Dr Robert SmithDr Abtehale Al-HussainiProfessor Raad Mohiaddin, Mr Cesare Quarto and Professor Ulrich Stock. They helped local clinicians develop their practice, attended to patients and gave thought-provoking lectures.

To discuss the visiting doctor programme, email us or visit our website.


King's Health Partners collaboration

https://www.rbht.nhs.uk/about-us/kings-health-partners-collaborationA new partnership between the Trust and King’s Health Partners is set to revolutionise future cardiovascular and respiratory services for patients. The proposal aims to create a London-based powerhouse in heart and lung medicine and research. Bob Bell, chief executive, commented, “The collaboration has potential to transform treatments and research in the UK, and become the most advanced cardiovascular and respiratory health system in Europe.”




International experts present at Trust-led conference

Clinicians from the Trust were joined by other international experts at the London Arrhythmia Summit 2019. Delegates gained valuable insights on important arrhythmias developments and changes and met cardiologists and cardiac experts from all over the world.




President for leading respiratory society

Congratulations to Professor Anita Simonds who has been elected President of the European Respiratory Society (ERS).

Professor Simonds commented, “This is a real opportunity to forge closer ties with our respiratory colleagues in Europe. It is critically important to maintain our EU research links, which are hugely productive.”







RB&HH Specialist Care private patients news

Case Notes magazine

Case Notes is Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care’s magazine for our healthcare contacts. Each edition includes a round-up of our latest news and articles showcasing innovative procedures and pioneering treatment approaches from our specialists.

Read the latest issue including information on vapour ablation for severe emphysema, and an article on how Dr Sabine Ernst uses new 3D mapping techniques to treat arrhythmia patients with zero radiation.

Read the full edition.





Arab Health 2019

Arab Health is the largest healthcare exhibition in the Middle East. During the 2019 event, Dr Sabine Ernst showcased catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation without the use of x-ray and Mr Simon Jordan a single port VATS minimally invasive lung resection.

The media in United Arab Emirates showed great interest and featured press articles in Gulf News and The National.





Exploring opportunities in Kuwait

In March the first-ever GCC Telehealth Innovation Forum was held in Kuwait.

Harefield Hospital’s Professor Ulrich Stock presented insights on the impact of telemedicine to optimise abroad treatment for cardiothoracic patients, focusing on the Kuwait and UK experience.

Find out more.




Job opportunities

We are always looking to take on talented and motivated staff.

View a list of vacancies at Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.