Five BHF activities you shouldn't miss at BCS Annual Conference 2018

With less than a week to go until the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Annual Conference 2018, here’s a rundown of what the BHF has to offer at one of the biggest cardiovascular events of the year.

29 May 2018, by Siobhan Chan and Steve Robinson

It’s a major event in the cardiovascular disease (CVD) calendar, and it’s approaching fast.

The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Annual Conference 2018 takes place on 4-6 June 2018 in Manchester. It’s a fantastic opportunity for a range of health professionals and scientists to come together to find out about the latest in CVD research and practice.

You’ll also get to meet many of the BHF team: chat to us at our stand, meet us at our networking events, hear from us during our hosted sessions, and catch us on the show floor as we attend some of the many other talks.

We’ll be tweeting via @TheBHF during the event and using the event hashtag #BCS2018, so let us know your thoughts. And don’t forget our BHF fundraising raffle, where you’ll be in with a chance of winning some spectacular prizes…

The theme of the conference is ‘high-performing teams’ – a topic that will be introduced by cardiologists at Porsche, from an industry where high performance often means something very different to what most healthcare professionals are used to.

But what about the BHF’s offering? Well, here are five things happening at the BCS Conference that you shouldn’t miss.

1. Attend our show-stopping talks and workshops

BHF Medical Director Professor Sir Nilesh Samani speaking at the British Cardiovascular Society Annual Conference 2017

Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, BHF Medical Director, at the BCS Annual Conference 2017 (photo: Christian Dyson/Bells & Whistles)

The BHF team will be delivering a whole host of hot topic sessions, from our latest medical research and service innovation programmes, to policy initiatives and how we disseminate our findings.

What does Brexit mean for medical research? Our policy team will be providing an in-depth look in Implications of Brexit for medical research - an update (Tuesday 15:25, Hot Topics 4).

We’ll be discussing new biomarkers and diagnostics for precision cardiovascular medicine (Monday 10:45, Exchange 8, 9, 10) in a session chaired by BHF Professor of Cardiology Professor Ajay Shah and BHF Medical Director Professor Sir Nilesh Samani.

Members of our media team will give you the low-down on What can the media do for you? (Monday 14:00, Hot Topics 4), as well as how we are Bringing research to life through public engagement (14:30, Hot Topics 4).

Our medical team will explain all about the BHF Genetic Information Service (Tuesday 10:10, Hot Topics 1) and Involving patients in research (Tuesday 14:00, Hot Topics 2).

And for anyone involved in BHF-funded research, we have a session exploring how to manage intellectual property arising from this work (Monday 13:15, Hot Topics 1).

2. Catch up at the BHF Stand

Attendees talking at the BHF stand at the British Cardiovascular Society Annual Conference 2017

Conference attendees gather at the BHF stand at last year's conference (photo: Christian Dyson/Bells & Whistles)

You can find us at Stand 22 in the main exhibition hall.

Speak to members of our Health Services Engagement team, who work on the ground with clinicians to spread best practice, and hear more about our service innovation work. You’ll also meet members of our Research and Service Innovation and Evaluation teams.

You will be able to pick up some of our publications, including our new suite of resources on tackling the challenge of CVD prevention in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

3. Find out what’s new from the BHF

BHF drinks reception at the British Cardiovascular Society Annual Conference 2017

Attendees at last year's conference (photo: Christian Dyson, Bells & Whistles)

Join us at our drinks reception on Monday evening (19:00, in lobby outside Charter 1), where you’ll hear about a new direction for the BHF brand... There’ll also be an update on the BHF Alumni programme and we’ll name who has been awarded the prestigious title of BHF Professor of the Year.

For more on our BHF research fellows and the work they’ve been pioneering in cardiovascular disease, you can attend our spotlight session (Tuesday 08:30, Exchange 8, 9, 10) and more about the fellowship scheme as a whole (Tuesday 13:00, Hot Topics 1). 


4. BHF Alliance only: network with other members

The BHF Alliance Awards at the British Cardiovascular Society Annual Conference 2017

Last year's BHF Alliance Awards dinner at the BCS conference (photo: Christian Dyson/Bells & Whistles)

A networking session, exclusive to BHF Alliance members, will be held on Tuesday 5 June at 12.15pm.

You’ll hear about our plans for our future engagement with healthcare professionals and our work during the past year from Andrew Leatherland, Head of Service Innovation and Evaluation, and Sally Hughes, Head of Health Services Engagement.

And then there’s the BHF Alliance members’ gala dinner on the evening of Tuesday 5 June, where we’ll be presenting our BHF Alliance Awards 2018. Join us for a glamorous evening to celebrate innovation and excellence! 

5. Gain some leadership nous at our workshop

A presentation at the British Cardiovascular Society Annual Conference 2017

Attendees to a BHF talk at the BCS Annual Conference 2017 (photo: Christian Dyson/Bells & Whistles)

We’ll be sponsoring a leadership course aligned to the theme of the BCS conference and facilitated by Dr Guy Lubtish, an organisational psychologist from Ashridge Business School (Monday 13:45, Central 3).

This two-part, interactive session will give you an introduction to the role of clinical leadership in complex healthcare environments in improving performance and quality, and reducing waste.

This is the first of a programme of activities in response to BHF Alliance members’ requests for more content on leadership.

Anyone can attend, but you’ll need to pre-book through the BCS to attend this workshop, as places are limited. Look out for the email from BCS asking to register for sessions.

See you in Manchester!

View the BCS programme

The event hashtag is #BCS2018. Features Writer Siobhan Chan will be tweeting via @siobhankchan and Editor Steve Robinson via @sh_robinson.