How to set up a valve clinic

This guide is to help and support healthcare professionals who are interested in setting up a valve clinic. The guide describes 10 steps in establishing a valve clinic (Box 1). These recommendations are based on the personal experience of the authors that have been involved in setting up valve clinics in their own hospitals.
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Healthcare professionals self-nominating as having specialist competencies in heart valve disease

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
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