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5-Day Comprehensive Course in ECG Interpretation - Liverpool




The 12-lead ECG is an essential and integral part of any cardiovascular assessment. It is the recommended first step in the investigation of acute coronary syndromes and is the single most useful investigation for any suspected arrhythmia.

Despite this, formal systematic training in electrocardiographic interpretation in this country has been, and remains, virtually non-existent. There are numerous “introductory “ courses (typically 1-day or less) but these cannot provide a firm, reliable logical approach to ECG interpretation. Due to the high demand of the 5-day course; which the Cheshire and Merseyside Cardiac and Stroke Network ran for the first time last year, and the excellent feedback from delegates attending, we have now released dates for year two of the 5 –day programme.

Who Is It For?

The 5-day course begins in September. The course is open to anyone in the field of medicine willing to devote the time and effort to become competent in basic ECG interpretation. This includes general practitioners, nurses (working in A&E, ITU, CCU, chest pain clinics, heart failure clinics, catheterisation laboratories, general practice etc.), paramedics and ambulance personnel, hospital doctors in training, clinical physiologists, A&E consultants and consultant general physicians, personnel involved in medical screening services and in occupational health and doctors involved in formal medical certification, for example in relation to pilot licensing.

The course assumes no prior knowledge and provides a logical and systematic method for the reading of ECGs without resorting to pattern recognition techniques. The statement “assumes no prior knowledge” has occasionally, erroneously, been taken to mean that the course is easy. This course is not easy. It requires commitment and hard work, but every
new concept is explained and justified as it is introduced. Diligent application to the course clarifies the confusions and substantially reduces the uncertainties, which many professionals involved in ECG interpretation currently feel. In all of the preceding courses, the satisfaction ratings from delegates have been extremely high.


Liverpool Medical Institution

Course Fees

This course is free of charge for all organisations in our Network area, however full invoicing details are required by all delegates at the time of booking. Late cancellations or nonattendance will incur a charge; all 5 days of the course must be attended.

Course Presenters

Derek Rowlands is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Manchester Heart Centre andConsultant Cardiologist at The Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle. He was formerly ConsultantCardiologist at the Manchester Heart Centre and Lecturer in Cardiology at the University ofManchester. He is either the author or editor of fifteen books, including Clinical Electrocardiography (Gower) and is the sole author of the chapter on electrocardiography in each of the first four editions of the Oxford Textbook of Medicine (Oxford University Press, 1983, 1987, 1996, 2003).

Philip Moore was appointed Consultant Cardiologist, with special interest in complex devices and coronary intervention, in September 2009 at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. Prior to that, he was a Specialist Registrar in Cardiology on the Northwest Thames rotation and was formerly a GP Principal in St Albans for a period of four years. During his time as a GP he was CHD Lead for the PCT of St. Albans and Harpenden, sitting on the PEC. He had earlier completed a Ph.D. in the Department of Medicine, at the University of Manchester (at Manchester Royal Infirmary).

How to Book

To book your place on this 5 day comprehensive course in ECG interpretations please contact Julie Mulvey at or call 01925 843838.

Course Dates

Tuesday 13th September 2011 9.30-5.30
Day 1: The Normal ECG

Wednesday 14th September 2011 9.30-5.30
Day 2: Morphological Abnormalities of the ECG

Thursday 15th September 2011 9.30-5.30
Day 3: Cardiac Arrhythmias

Thursday 13th October 2011 9.30-5.30
Day 4: Revision, testing and further revision: Morphology

Friday 4th November 2011 9.30-5.30
Day 5: Revision, testing and further revision: Arrhythmias

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