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ECG interpretation and getting it right

ECG interpretation and getting it right




January 24, 2017


May 12, 2017

Programme Description

This module, recorded at the RCGP Annual Conference in 2016, is about getting ECG interpretation right every time, stressing the importance of establishing a safety net for the primary care workforce.
Recently, out-of-hospital contracts in primary care have focused on providing more complex care for patients closer to home. As a result, ECG acquisition and interpretation has started to migrate away from hospital-based departments and into GP surgeries across any given locality. Whilst the potential advantages for patients are clear, the risk of expecting primary care to take on this great responsibility without adequate up skilling cannot be understated.

This module is based on Ealing CCG’s vision to improve stroke outcomes. As part of their strategy they commissioned:

  • ECG training for primary care with ongoing and unrestricted support from a local secondary care champion
  • A community-based cardiology service to embed specialist care within the GP surgeries of Ealing
  • A proven educational programme that had previously resulted in reductions in AF-related strokes in the West Midlands

  • This module complements a further module entitled 'AF detection and stroke prevention'




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    Educational Objectives

  • To revise and reinforce understanding of the key elements of a clinical ECG
  • To present a 10-step systematic approach to interpreting ECGs
  • To recognise common ECG abnormalities
  • Faculty

    Activity and test authors
    Dr Ravi Assomull
    Consultant Cardiologist
    Cardiology Lead Ealing CCG

    Dr Yassir Javaid
    Primary Care Cardiovascular Lead
    East Midlands Strategic Clinical Network


    Lessons from the Ealing GP Federation
    Funding for this educational programme has been provided by Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim and Daiichi Sankyo. None of the companies have had any influence or input into its content.


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