Introduction to ECG

Many healthcare professionals of all grades are now expected to perform and sometimes provide a basic interpretation of a resting 12 lead ECG. This non-assessed two-day course will prepare you to produce a technically accurate 12 lead ECG and recognise common and life-threatening ECG abnormalities.

While we assume no prior knowledge, those with some experience will also benefit from this course. It is open to all grades of healthcare professionals, including healthcare support workers, qualified and student nurses, paramedics and junior doctors. All attendees will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance.

What you will study

Day One

  • Basic anatomy and physiology of the heart and electrical conduction system
  • The cardiac cycle on the ECG
  • The standard AHA settings and how to use them
  • The UK SCST procedure for recording an ECG and the danger of misdiagnosis
  • Troubleshooting
  • Identification and elimination of interference artefacts
  • ECG hands-on practice workshop

Day Two

  • Recap of the cardiac cycle as seen on the ECG
  • How the normal ECG is represented on the ECG
  • Sinus, atrial and ventricular rhythms
  • Atrio-ventricular blocks
  • Bundle branch blocks
  • Ischaemia and infarction on the 12 lead ECG
  • ECG interpretation workshop

Additional Information

Some may find that attendance at day one is adequate for their needs, and this is no problem. However, as there is a practical element to day one, numbers are strictly limited. Please inform us when you apply if you only wish to attend the first day of the course.

As there is a link between both days, we do not accept applications to attend day two only.

Following attendance, all attendees will be encouraged to sit the Society for Cardiological Science and Technology (SCST) Award in Practical Electrocardiography, which certifies competence in this procedure. For more information please visit the Society for Cardiological Science and Technology website. 

Fees and date

£150 per person (£80 for day one only). The next course is January 16 and 17, 2018. 

Contact details

For further information and details of how to book, please email Angela Sims

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