The influence and importance of heart valve disease has increased dramatically over the past two decades. The British Heart Valve Society was founded in 2010 to educate and support health care professionals involved in managing patients with heart valve disease in the United Kingdom, through increased awareness and knowledge. Multiple disciplines are involved in valve disease management and we offer membership to all those involved either in the scientific aspect or in clinical care. We are officially associated with the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS), endorsed by the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS) and affiliated with the British Journal of Cardiology. In addition to study days and specialised meetings during the year, each autumn we hold an annual conference and a Core Knowledge in valve disease training day – these meetings benefit from Royal College of Physicians’ Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points and British Society of Echocardiography re-accreditation points.
We aim to educate all healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with heart valve disease in order to improve patient care. Educational activities are hosted throughout the year and aimed at cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, general practitioners, cardiac physiologists and clinical scientists, nurse practitioners, cardiac pharmacists and all others involved in heart valve disease care. BHVS is also increasing the educational content it provides for patients.
BHVS is a registered stakeholder in many national efforts to improve care for patients with heart valve disease, including the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). We work together with other professional societies and registered charities, as well as patient support groups, to inform policy decisions for both regional and national care.