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Education Support

KEEPTHEBEAT have always been keen to provide financial support towards staff development. A key element to this would be those staff getting out and about and learning best practice from other centres & promoting the work done in their own unit (UK and further afield) We are keen to fund educational events such as courses and conferences as NHS funding for such has reduced over recent years. Wherever possible we will consider sponsoring those  who choose to extend their training and education. We are pleased that our funding support programme, whilst in its infancy is now underway and we have started to help individuals gain more experience which will in turn help the CHD children.  Here are some details of the projects that we are now involved with:


Carla Blunt Senior Cardiac Physiologist – Support Towards congenital heart disease echocardiography certificate

I’m based in Leicester and I started at the Glenfield hospital as a Cardiographer in 2001 and within 2 months of starting I moved upstairs to the Paediatric department which has been my home ever since. At that time we were based on the children’s ward, our room was, what the brand new staff room is now, After a couple of years of doing ECG’s tapes and monitors, I decided I wanted to progress further and do more so I went for my A levels maths and Biology at evening school, then in September 2004 I was accepted at De’monfort university, and funded by paediatric cardiac investigations to start a 4 year degree BSc (hons) in clinical physiology-speciality cardiology, All the time I was doing my degree I was still based in Paediatrics with 2 days a week in adult cardiology to fulfil the degree requirements, and I progressed into working in the catheter lab, pacing clinic, exercise stress testing and echocardiography. I qualified in 2008 with a 2:2. I was then back home full time in Paediatric and congenital cardiac investigations, We were now based in our custom built outpatients and became the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre.

My love now and for the last 4 years has been paediatric and congenital echocardiography, which is the main tool for the diagnosis and management of children and adults with congenital heart disease.  I work on clinics performing ultrasound scans on newborns through to adults. Amongst other duties, which include exercise stress testing and analysis of cardiac rhythms.

As we are one of very few centres that have a dedicated cardiac physiology team, that not only perform but also report their own echocardiograms, The EAE exam, European congenital echocardiography accreditation is our departmental gold standard and is internationally recognised. It is the only exam of its form currently available, where by clinicians and physiologists from all over the world will attend to sit this exam.

The accreditation process comprises of three parts, the first two which will take place at the conference itself. This entails a 5 hour exam involving a written paper on all aspects of congenital cardiology and ultrasound physics. This is then followed by a video reporting exam of complex cardiac anomalies and surgeries. I then have 12 months to compile a 250 case logbook of echocardiograms that I have scanned and reported under the guidance and supervision of my team.

This conference and exam is held once a year in December at various European cardiology centres, this year being in Athens

More information about the courses are available here

KEEPTHEBEAT are pleased to be Funding the Costs of the Course and the Exams


Claire Bostock & Jo Wright (Staff Nurses PICU) – Support towards Advance Practice Course

Claire and Jo have taken part in the Advanced Practice course, which means they will be joining the junior doctor rota on PICU when they're fully trained.

KEEPTHEBEAT are pleased to be Funding the Travel Expenses


Karen Hubbard, Sarah Pickavance & Emma Harvey - Support towards the Paediatric Intensive Care Society Annual Scientific Meeting

Three Paediatric Intensive Care Nurse’s from Glenfield Paediatric Congenital Heart Centre are attending the European Paediatric Intensive Care Conference in Dublin, Ireland and presenting a research based poster at the conference to represent East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre as a strong, knowledgeable unit. The programme of the conference includes a wide variety of Intensive Care subjects related to Glenfield Hospital such as ECMO and CVVH. By attending the conference and presenting our hard work it will help state the fact that ‘business at PICU in Glenfield Hospital is open as usual

KEEPTHEBEAT are pleased to be Funding the Travel Expenses, Accommodation and Course costs

Dr Emiliano Ferarri

Keepthebeat have provided support for the travel costs of the EMCHC's latest recruit from Paris, Dr Emiliano Ferrari. Dr Ferrari is an experienced congenital cardiac anaesthetist who will be working with the medical team at Glenfield part-time for the next six months. Dr Ferrari has an impressive CV having worked at the German Heart Institut in Berlin, Massa in Italy and more recently with the internationally renowned congenital cardiac surgeon, Dr Y Lecompte in Paris. Dr Ferrari is very excited at the opportunity to work with the EMCHC team and meet some of our patients and families in Leicester


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