British Society for Heart Failure

The British Society for Heart Failure (BSH) was founded in 1998, in response to the issues that the management of heart failure presents. The idea for the BSH was seeded after a satellite symposium on the diagnosis and management of heart failure, organised by Philip Poole-Wilson and John Cleland, at the British Cardiovascular Society Annual Conference in 1997. The original steering committee consisted of Philip Poole-Wilson, John Cleland, Richard Hobbs and Alan Cowley.


  • Reduced registration fees for meetings organised by the BSH.

  • Regular updates and information on BSH meetings and projects, including programmes for the BSH Annual Autumn Meeting, our Training Meetings held in the spring, New Consultant meetings and heart failure-related sessions at the British Cardiovascular Society Annual Conference.

  • Opportunity to submit an abstract for the BSH Young Investigators’ Award at the BSH Annual Autumn Meeting.

  • Updates regarding the BSH Heart Failure Nurse Forum

  • Opportunity to present a poster at the BSH Heart Failure Nurse and Healthcare Professional Study Day.

  • Online access to the Oxford Textbook of Heart Failure until 28 February 2020.

  • Access to members’ only area of the BSH website.

  • BSH meeting reports and links to journal articles.

  • Opportunity to contribute to the future development of the BSH – comments and suggestions from members are always welcomed.

  • Invitation to submit educational programmes related to heart failure to be considered for BSH endorsement.

  • Opportunity to stand as, nominate or vote for a candidate for the BSH Board elections (held once every two years).

BSH Membership


The BSH has nearly 1,100 multi-disciplinary members. Some of the benefits members can enjoy include:


  • to increase knowledge and promote research about the diagnosis, causes, management and consequences of heart failure amongst healthcare professionals, with the intention of delaying or preventing the onset of heart failure and improving care for patients with heart failure.

  • to provide expert advice to healthcare professionals, patient or government organisations, including the National Health Service, when appropriate and as requested.

The aims of the Society are:

BSH Future Meetings

22nd Annual Autumn Meeting - 28-29 November 2019

Venue: QEII Centre, London - programme

British Society for Heart Failure
33 Cavendish Square



Telephone: 020 3875 0601



Twitter: @BSHeartFailure

Company number: 3767312

Registered charity number: 1075720