BCS 2019: Five ways you can get involved with the BHF

The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Annual Conference is one of the biggest events in the cardiovascular disease calendar. Here’s a round-up of five activities you can take part in with the BHF this year.

29 April 2019, by Siobhan Chan

Each year, healthcare professionals, researchers, and representatives from the third sector and industry meet to learn about developments in cardiovascular disease (CVD) research and practice.

The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Annual Conference 2019 will be taking place in Manchester on 3-5 June, and is a great opportunity to get involved with the BHF and hear the latest about our life-saving work.

You can take part in our workshops, listen to our talks, meet our teams at our new-look stand and enjoy some refreshments with us.

Here we highlight five ways you can get involved with the BHF at the event.

Discover the BHF’s long-term ambitions at our new stand

BHS stand at BCS conference 2018

Come and find out more about the ambitious goals of the BHF for the next 10 years, learn about the research we fund and speak to our staff at our new-look stand, which you’ll find in location 10 in the main exhibition hall.

The stand will have meeting spaces where you can chat to members of our Research and Healthcare Innovation teams about the studies we fund and the work we do to spread best practice.

You can also pick up our latest resources for healthcare professionals, including our best practice booklet, Innovative Services, and our leaflet on cardiac rehab, Cardiac rehabilitation: the big picture.

Learn about our pioneering work at our talks

Jacob West speaking at BCS Conference

Our Tuesday lunchtime session is open to all BCS attendees this year, where you can find out about our exciting Heart Failure Innovation Fund which will launch this year. We are working in partnership with the British Society for Heart Failure on this new initiative and are actively seeking your feedback on the draft scope and criteria (Tuesday 12.15, Charter 4).

We’ll also present several Hot Topic sessions during coffee breaks. Join Jacob West, BHF Director of Healthcare Innovation, who will discuss BHF’s wider role in supporting innovation (Tuesday, 15.25, Education Hall).

And Judy O’Sullivan, BHF Director of Health Innovation Programmes, will present progress with The Circuit: National Defibrillator Network. This is a UK-wide programme to map the location of every defibrillator in the UK and thereby increase the rate of bystander defibrillation and survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (Tuesday, 10.10, Education Hall).

Members of our Research Team will also be hosting talks: Noel Faherty will be discussing the BHF’s research fellowship schemes (Monday, 15.25, Education Hall) and Abigail Woodfin will be presenting on research funding partnerships (Monday, 15.40, Education Hall).

We’ll be launching our new research initiative, the BHF Clinical Research Collaborative (Monday, 13.45, Auditorium). Join us to hear more about the BHF-CRC, which will support the planning, conduct and reporting of clinical research in CVD medicine and surgery in the UK.

Gala Dinner for BCS and BHF Alliance members

BCS conference gala dinner 2018 

We’ll be hosting a glamorous gala dinner exclusively for BCS members and the BHF Alliance on the evening of Tuesday 4 June.

It’s the perfect opportunity to network with other healthcare professionals, socialise with BHF staff, and take part in our raffle.

Join us for a fun evening in celebration of healthcare excellence – and enjoy food, drinks and dancing!


Hone your leadership skills

Guy Lubitsh delivering leadership session

Following the success of last year’s fully-booked leadership workshop, we are sponsoring another session this year (Monday 13:45, Central 3/4).

Facilitated by Dr Guy Lubitsh, an organisational psychologist from Ashridge Business School, this two-part course promises an overview of clinical leadership within the healthcare sector.

Learn more about our research programme

Attendees at research drinks 2018

Catch up with our Research team on the evening of Monday 3 June (18.30, lobby outside Charter 2/3), where we’ll be hosting a drinks reception.

We’ll be giving an update on BHF activity and announcing our Research Fellow of the Year 2019.


Download the BCS programme now to find out more about the conference.

Join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #BCS2019. We’ll be tweeting via @TheBHF during the event.

Features Writer Siobhan Chan will be tweeting via @siobhankchan and Editor Steve Robinson via @sh_robinson.

See you in Manchester!