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About the Society

The British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) was formed in 1990 to promote the study and advancement of cardiac ultrasound imaging and Doppler techniques, through professional representation, education and quality benchmarking. Membership is made up of cardiac physiologists, clinicians and others involved in cardiac ultrasound.

The BSE represents the interests of those working in clinical echocardiography at all levels, and in all areas, including adult and paediatric cardiology, cardiovascular research and teaching. With over 3,300 members, it is the largest of the professional groups affiliated to the British Cardiovascular Society. It also has functional links to the EACVI and is an ASE International Alliance Partner.

Although originally intended to cater primarily for the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, the Society now has members in over 30 other countries in Europe, the Middle and Far East, North and South America and Africa.

An annual clinical and scientific meeting and exhibition is held each autumn. The BSE Autumn Meeting caters for the interests of practising echocardiographers through invited presentations on clinical and technical aspects of ultrasound imaging and Doppler. All the leading equipment manufacturers attend the associated technical exhibition. The Social Event has established a reputation as one of the best and liveliest of its kind at any professional medical meeting.

The Society has a major interest in education and training of physicians and echocardiographers. It has published training guidelines and members can undertake a formal accreditation programme of written examinations and documented clinical experience. There are specialist options for adult transthoracic, transoesophageal, critical care and community echocardiography. These Accreditations are accepted as evidence of competence by employers and those responsible for organising higher medical training in cardiology. In order to encompass continuing rapid advances in ultrasound technology and clinical applications, there is a need for continuing professional education. This is being addressed through a programme of regular re-accreditation.

The BSE also operates a Departmental Accreditation programme, details of which can be access through its own dedicated website.

In conjunction with the Consortium for Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), the BSE assesses and validates Degree programmes involving cardiac ultrasound. It represents UK interests on committees charged with coordination and harmonisation of training standards throughout Europe and co-operates with similar organisations in other countries.

Members receive regular BSE publications containing articles on topical professional matters, details of meetings and training courses, reports of overseas meetings, news items, job vacancies, etc. In addition the BSE has recently launched a new open access journal, Echo Research and Practice, which aims to be the premier international journal for Physicians, Sonographers, Nurses and other allied health professionals practising echocardiography. ERP is indexed in Pubmed and publishes quality clinical and basic research, reviews, videos, educational materials and selected case reports across all echocardiography modalities and disciplines.

The Society is a Registered Charity and is administered by a President and an elected Council. Membership is open to everyone associated with echocardiography including cardiologists, radiologists, anaesthetists and junior doctors; veterinarians, managerial, sales and technical staff of instrumentation companies, clinical scientists, medical physicists, cardiac physiologists and radiographers. Members are required to subscribe to the Society's Rules and Code of Professional Conduct.

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Membership Form

The quickest and easiest way to become a member of the BSE is online via this link.

Click here to download a Direct Debit Mandate

All new memberships must be processed online by credit/debit card, cheque or BACS payment.

Once you become a member we require you to set up a Direct Debit mandate, which will allow your payments to be collected automatically each year (you can cancel at any time).

Click here to download a Direct Debit Mandate

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Governing Documents

Articles of Association

Data protection

Members of the BSE are subject to the following Rules and Code of Professional Conduct. The regulations are listed under Article 57 of the Articles of Association of the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE).

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Benefits of Membership

Becoming a member of the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) confers a number of benefits. Joining is easy and will cost only £75.00 for the 2019/2020 subscription year!

The BSE is recognised in the UK and around the world as being the preeminent organisation representing the interests of  echocardiographers.

BSE Membership Benefits:

Representation at the top table of UK cardiology. The BSE is the largest affiliated group to the British Cardiovascular Society and has a seat both on the council and on the executive. BSE is also an International Alliance Partner of the American Society of Echocardiography.

BSE offer its members a vast collection of Educational materials including paper copies of ECHO (published quarterly) which contains all the latest news within Echocardiography and the BSE. Online copies of all the previous editions of ECHO are also available via the BSE website for members only.

Free publishing in Echo Research and Practice in 2019, the official journal of the British Society of Echocardiography. Endorsed by a number of other collaborating societies worldwide: working together to further research, education and practice in echocardiography. Terms & conditions apply.

Accreditation for you or for your department. BSE accreditation is a widely recognised benchmark of quality in the UK and throughout Europe. BSE currently offer accreditation in:







An Annual Scientific meeting which attracts over 1000 delegates with sessions for both advanced and general echocardiography as well as various other Educational meetings organised throughout the year in the UK & Ireland.

A chance to influence BSE by voting in council elections, attending and voting at the AGM and standing for office.

Free access to the Heartworks TOE E-learning online course.

Free access to all recorded presentations from previous BSE meetings

Free access to BSE Core Knowledge website, which contains online training modules, lectures and an MCQ assessment for Core Knowledge in Echocardiography

Free access to all the members only features of this site located in the lounge including the image library, protocols and guidelines, Distant learning module materials and clinical cases.

BSE members are also eligible for reduced indemnity insurance through FOCUS.

Whether you are a clinical scientist, a cardiologist, an anaesthetist, an intensivist or you work in the community, as long as your work involves echocardiography, the BSE is a society that will represent your interests.


  • The BSE subscription year runs from 1st April to 31st March. New members who subscribe between January-March 2019 will receive a full year's subscription, plus a grace period from now until 31st March 2019.  From 1st January 2020, the grace period between January-March will no longer apply and all new subscriptions will need to be renewed on 1st April (annually)
  • The annual subscription fee for the 2019/2020 year will be £75.00
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Society Accounts

BSE is a Registered Charity (1093808) and a Private Limited Company (4480121).  In compliance with current regulations we (in association with our Accountants) produces an Annual Return of our financial activities.  The Annual Return submitted for 2010-2018 is available for download below.

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Presidents of the Society

From a small group of Drs and Physiologists with an interest in echocardiography, the Society has grown under the leadership and guidance of its Presidents.

Below we list the Presidents who have led the Society since its inception in 1991.

Their efforts, in conjunction with the Council of the BSE, have been instrumental in the Society to becoming an internationally recognised organisation with members in over 70 countries around the world.

Keith 2017 - 2020  Mr Keith Pearce

Rick 2014 - 2017  Dr Rick Steeds

Guy Lloyd 2011 - 2014  Dr Guy Lloyd

Nav Masani 2009 - 2011  Dr Navroz Masani

Simon Ray 2007 - 2009  Dr Simon Ray

Kevin Fox 2005 - 2007  Dr Kevin Fox

John Chambers 2003 - 2005  Dr John Chambers

Petros Nihoyannopoulos 2001 - 2003  Dr Petros Nihoyannopoulos

Graham Leech 1999 - 2001  Mr Graham Leech


Alan Houston 1997 - 1999  Dr Alan Houston


Gordon Williams 1995 - 1997  Dr Gordon Williams

Mark Monaghan 2013 1993 - 1995  Dr Mark Monaghan

Len Shapiro 1991 - 1993  Dr Len Shapiro


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