Professor John Chambers
Professor Chambers’ positions have included: chief examiner for the British Society of Echocardiography (1995-1998), chair of the British Society of Echocardiography Education Committee (1996-1998), President of the British Society of Echocardiography (2003-2005), President of the British Heart-Valve Society (2010-2013) .
Whilst President of the British Society of Echocardiography Professor Chambers established minimum standards for echocardiography and negotiated for accreditation to be recognised by the Healthcare Commission. He has been involved with setting up national accreditation programmes for echocardiography and for setting up a departmental accreditation programme, a process subsequently extended to Europe. He’s also written a generic echocardiography certification programme, which was relevant to cardiology, intensive care, emergency medicine, and general medicine. This has now been developed into a successful training course (FAME). Professor Chambers has worked with the Department of Health on workforce planning, professional registration and the role of GP and practitioners with a special interest in echocardiography. He has written a book on echocardiography for general practitioners. Professor Chambers has also chaired national working groups on standards in open access and community echocardiography for heart failure.
As a member of the advisory committee on cardiology to the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Chambers helped produce the national syllabus for registrars. He was also a member of national committees producing workforce documents to guide national policy. He founded and ran the London Echocardiography Course to teach the national echocardiography syllabus for 10 years until 2008 and is on the faculty for many national and international echocardiography courses. Professor Chambers developed an interest in valve disease when researching his MD thesis on the early detection of prosthetic valve dysfunction. He then founded the Heart Valve Group to look at the design of replacement valves, core lab work and studies to determine the best timing of surgery for aortic stenosis. This work has contributed to international guidelines and was recognised with a personal chair in 2009. Professor Chambers was editor of the Journal of Heart Valve Disease for many years and is still a member of its editorial board. He was a founder member of the British Heart Valve Society and set up a specialist multidisciplinary valve clinic which is a national model frequently visited by other hospitals. Professor Chambers chairs a working group producing international recommendations for improving the clinical care of patients with valve disease. He wrote the first national syllabus for valve disease and has edited an e-learning package and set up the first training day for valve disease.
Echocardiography, valve disease
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Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital