The British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) held its first meeting at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London in 1988 with the aim of establishing a regular meeting forum for those interested in interventional vascular procedures. At that time, coronary angioplasty was still in its relative infancy in the United Kingdom, with a national total of just over 5,000 procedures undertaken that year. 20 years later, over 77,000 percutaneous coronary interventions are performed each year in the UK and many other procedures for valvular and other structural heart disease are firmly established.
The Society promotes education, training and research in cardiovascular intervention and develops and upholds clinical and professional standards.
Education and Training
BCIS provides a large array of educational material from a variety of sources, presentations, audiocasts and webcasts from previous conferences including both AHP and ACI. Clinical cases, publication reviews and news.
Every year we support trainees in interventional cardiology with basic and advanced courses, international fellowships and abstract and clinical case competitions.
Our AHP members now have an annual summer conference with a diverse programme over two days.
The Society continuously audits interventional activity in the UK each year and is central to maintaining high clinical standards with the national audit cycle together with publically available operator and institutional outcome data.
Site visits and peer review
As agreed with the DoH Heart Team, all hospitals wishing to start a new PCI programme are required to undergo a BCIS peer review visit. To initiate this process, a letter from the Trust Chief Executive should be addressed to Dr Daniel Blackman, the BCIS Honorary Secretary.
Site visits to existing PCI units can also be arranged if you wish to ensure that your unit is operating within the BCIS standards.
If you are setting up a new PCI service, please refer to the new site guidance.
The BCIS Rules are available here. Within this document are the guidelines for the Society’s structure, and who is eligible to stand for election as well as who the electorate is for each position.
BCIS Educational resources
BCIS provides a large array of educational material from a variety of sources, presentations, audiocasts and webcasts from previous conferences including both AHP and ACI. Clinical cases, publication reviews and newsSee more