In the last edition of ECHO we placed a call for nominees to sit
on the BSE Council for a three year term running from October 2019
to October 2022.
The following members have been nominated and are standing for
one of three seats.
We now invite you to view the nominee statements below and to
vote for up to three to sit on the council.
Please do use this opportunity to select who will represent you.
There are many changes happening in the world of echocardiography
and the elected council members are there to work on your behalf
with the Department of Health, Academy of Healthcare Science and
other professional bodies.
Voting will open on Friday 13 September 2019 and close on Friday
27 September 2019. The successful candidates will be announced at
the next AGM on Thursday 10
Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation
I am a Cardiac Physiologist working in London with over 18
years' experience in Echocardiography.
The BSE has recently adapted its organizational operation to
scale for its growing membership base - currently over 3,300
members distributed in 30 countries worldwide. I have a strong
passion in many areas of clinical echocardiography, including
teaching and research. I feel I can to contribute to the
BSE's growth and continuing success in these areas.
In the past year while the Society was stabilising its office,
it came across significant unforeseen financial challenges that
have resulted in heightened pressure to increase its efficiency
with limited resources. I am keen to help us face these
challenges. I seek to increase my contribution to the
Society's vision and further represent the wider BSE
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
I am an intensive care physician who uses echo daily in my
working practice. I also undertake a weekly outpatient
all-comers echo clinic alongside my sonographer colleagues,
teaching in both settings.
I have worked on accreditation for the BSE over the last ten
years. I have written and revised the accreditation
curricula, helped to develop the new practical accreditation
processes and examined both as part of the team and lately as chief
In my role as chair of accreditation which I have held for the
past two years I have overseen the delivery of five different echo
subspecialties including the introduction of the new Level I echo
My interaction with all of these subspecialty areas, both
clinically and as chair puts me in a strong position to represent
the views and needs of all of our delegate, whatever their clinical
background and arena of work.
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
I am a Cardiologist working in Shropshire. I am the current
Chair of the BSE Clinical Standards committee and within this role
have been heavily involved in developing the Echo Quality
Framework, a toolkit designed to assist departments in ensuring
their work is consistently of high quality and relevant to clinical
There are many challenges facing echo units, for example the new
Long-Term NHS plan and the necessity for clear standards in echo
service provision. I am committed to maintaining the BSE's
position as one of the leading authorities in these areas. If
elected I will also ensure the Society remains focussed on the
importance of patient involvement in designing echo services and
that it remains neutral in relation to specific disciplines,
focussing primarily on echocardiography as a diagnostic tool.
I appreciate you reading my statement and if elected hope you
will hold me to my values outlined above.
Judith (Jude) Skipper
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS
After a couple of years away from Council for family reasons,
I'm itching to get back!
I'm a Cardiac Physiologist from Essex working in a very large
and busy DGH. Although it has a different meaning in this area, to
me TOWIE means The Only Way is Echo!
I firmly believe that one of BSE's key strengths is the
commitment of our medical colleagues however I also feel it is
essential that we as a group have strong representation on Council
to convey the increasing pressures we face on a day to day basis
with the ever increasing demand and targets that we are expected to
meet within the same resources!
I am extremely approachable and always willing to listen and
help. I would welcome the opportunity to serve again as an elected
member of Council so that I can ensure that our views are