21 September 2012
The Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science (ICMS), a collaboration between Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust, held a symposium at the Royal Society in London to celebrate its first anniversary, which 200 delegates attended.
The collaboration, which is supported academically by Imperial College London and is the first of its kind in Europe, aims to improve outcomes in cardiovascular medicine by pooling the expertise of clinicians from these two leading trusts with international leaders in the field.
Professor Kim Fox, chair of the ICMS executive group, said: “The Royal Brompton & Harefield and Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trusts have taken an important step to deliver research and health care on a national level.”
The ICMS executive committee, theme leads and visiting professors met in the morning to discuss progress and future steps before an afternoon symposium where speakers introduced the themes – interventional cardiology, arrhythmias, heart failure and aorta and aortic valves.
Commenting on the success of the day, Professor Fox said: “The ICMS is a landmark partnership which will harness the full power of the NHS in research, service development and education for the benefit of our patients. The enthusiasm seen on the research day demonstrated that ICMS has come of age.”
On behalf of Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Rod Stables, co-chair of the ICMS executive group, said: “It’s been a wonderful day and I’m delighted with the progress we have made in our first year. It is now obvious that the collaboration brings together impressive and complementary groups, individuals and ideas that will have a dramatic impact on cardiovascular medicine over the next five years.”