About The Courses

SCST run two different courses in different locations. Individuals can attend independently to sitting the exams.

Foundation Course

The Foundation Course in Essential ECG Interpretation is a 2-day course that explains how to identify and interpret abnormal ECG patterns commonly encountered in emergency and acute medical settings. It is suitable for any healthcare professionals who want or need to be able to recognise clinically important ECG abnormalities. The course covers the entire syllabus which can be accessed by clicking the button below.

Diploma Course

The Diploma preparation course is the professionally recognised course for all those who are reporting on both 12-lead and ambulatory ECGs. It is designed as a preparation course for the Diploma in ECG Interpretation examination but is also suitable for healthcare professionals seeking to advance their ECG interpretation knowledge.  Examination for this award is in the form of a 3-hour written paper, which can be taken twice a year in March and October. The course covers the entire syllabus which can be accessed by clicking on the button below. This is a very popular course and delegates are advised to book early to secure a place.

SCST Foundation in Essential ECG Interpretation: Birmingham & Belfast, Sept 2024

Back by popular demand – Face to face course delivery from either Birmingham or Belfast.
Popular, nationally recognised and accredited course in ECG interpretation for healthcare professionals who work in acute medicine.

It is suitable for:

  • Junior doctors and nurses working in acute medicine, intensive care and emergency care
  • Cardiographers, senior cardiographers and associate practitioners in Cardiology
  • Ambulance paramedics
  • Respiratory physiologists or Medical Physics technologists who supervise patients undergoing CPET or MPS

The course focuses on conditions and ECG patterns likely to be encountered in secondary rather than primary care. The aim is to teach practitioners to identify ECG features that have implications for immediate management and urgent referral.

“Clear impact for me on patient care. The best ECG training I’ve had!” – Urgent Care GP

“Very interesting and exceptionally useful. I am more confident in looking at ECGs and feel more able to highlight my concerns to medical staff to ensure improving outcomes for my patients” – Registered Nurse, AMU.

“A thoroughly enjoyable course which is highly recommended to anyone involved with ECGs” – Paramedic

“Much more confident in diagnosing now. It’s a long time since I’ve enjoyed a training event so much. Thank you!” – Urgent Care Practitioner.

“Thank you for the thoroughly enjoyable course. I feel I have learnt a lot” – Cardiographer

“Thank you very much indeed for the wonderful foundation ECG course – I feel SO much more confident with ECG interpretation now but also realise how much I need to learn! It has been invaluable for me. Everything was explained so well, too.” – GP

Course structure

The 2-day course will start with basic ECG theory and terminology and go on to define the normal ECG. Teaching will proceed by clinical category, such as tachyarrhythmias, bradyarrhythmias, chest pain syndromes, drug and electrolyte effects, sudden cardiac death/syncope syndromes. Learning will progress by integrating ECG features and clinical presentations in a structured approach to differential diagnosis.

Teaching will finish with discussions of a range of clinical scenarios illustrating many of the abnormal ECG patterns covered.

The complete teaching package will comprise:

  • Pre-course reading on ECG theory
  • 2 days’ teaching in a face to face classroom environment
  • Copy of all teaching slides
  • Workbook of classroom exercises
  • Lunch and refreshments are provided over the 2 day course
  • Class size is limited to allow individualised support and feedback.

Course Content

  • Basic ECG theory
  • The normal ECG, including normal variants
  • Recognising normal QRS axis, left axis deviation, right axis deviation and extreme axis
  • Tachyarrhythmias:
  • Bradyarrhythmias and conduction disturbances
  • Myocardial ischaemia and infarction
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pericarditis and myocarditis
  • Left and right ventricular hypertrophy
  • Left and right atrial abnormalities
  • Hyperkalaemia and hypokalaemia
  • Hyperventilation
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
  • ECG effects of drug therapy and toxicity
  • Simple pacing
  • Sudden cardiac death syndromes
  • Error and artefact

Course Cost

The cost of the two-day, face to face course is £395 which includes lunch and refreshments on both days. Please note this course is not online and will be delivered as a face-to-face course only.

Important payment information – FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF BOOKING. We are unable to issue invoices to employers. Please see ticket information for further details.

Refund Policy – please note that refunds cannot be given for cancellations made within 14 days of the course start date. Cancellations made 14 days or more before the start date will incur a cancellation charge of £100. If you wish to cancel a booking please contact media@scst.org.uk directly.

Further information

A multiple choice examination will be available (at additional charge) to assess competence in ECG interpretation at the level described. Success in the exam will lead to the awarding of the SCST Foundation in Essential ECG Interpretation.

FAQs

Do I need any prior ECG knowledge?

Some prior knowledge and experience of ECGs would be advantageous but is not essential; you will receive pre-course reading material on ECG theory and the course starts by covering all the fundamentals.

SCST Diploma in ECG Interpretation – Virtual Course in Sept 2024

This is the professionally recognised course for all those who are reporting on both 12 lead and ambulatory ECGs.

This intensive online course is designed as preparation for those planning to sit the Diploma in ECG Interpretation examination. It is suitable for associate practitioners, cardiac scientists, specialist nurses, doctors and any other healthcare professionals wishing to demonstrate skills and knowledge beyond Certificate level. Examination for this award is in the form of a 3 hour written paper.  The course covers the entire syllabus.

Course structure

The 3-day course will start with basic ECG theory and terminology and go on to define the normal ECG. Teaching will proceed by clinical category, such as tachyarrhythmias, bradyarrhythmias, chest pain syndromes, drug and electrolyte effects, morphological abnormalities, basic pacing and sudden cardiac death/syncope syndromes. Learning will progress by integrating ECG features and clinical presentations in a structured approach to differential diagnosis.

The complete teaching package will comprise:

  • Pre-course reading on ECG theory
  • 3 days’ interactive tuition in a virtual, live classroom environment
  • Experienced and knowledgable tutors
  • Course manual/revision guide

Class size is limited to allow individualised support and feedback.

Course Cost

The cost of the three day course is £545. Members of SCST are able to access a discounted rate of £495 on confirmation of their valid membership number.

Further information

The course will be delivered using Zoom to create a virtual classroom environment. To get the most benefit delegates will need access to a high speed, stable internet connection, a computer or electronic device with the Zoom app downloaded, preferably with a display monitor sufficiently large to allow small details on screen to be visible, webcam/video and ideally a headset with microphone or headphones to enhance audio quality. Full details of how to access the classroom, including security information, will be provided to registrants in advance of the course.

The society offers an examination to assess competence in ECG interpretation at the level described. Success in the exam will lead to the awarding of the SCST Diploma in ECG Interpretation.

Course Content

  • Lead theory and nomenclature
  • The normal ECG, including normal variants
  • Calculating QRS axis
  • Tachyarrhythmias:
  • Bradyarrhythmias and conduction disturbances
  • Myocardial ischaemia and infarction
  • Prinzmetal angina
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pericarditis and myocarditis
  • Left and right ventricular hypertrophy
  • Left and right atrial abnormalities
  • Atrial septal defect
  • Hyperkalaemia and hypokalaemia
  • Hyperventilation
  • Metabolic disturbances
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
  • ECG effects of drug therapy and toxicity
  • Simple pacing
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy and cardiac amyloidosis
  • Sudden cardiac death syndromes
  • Error and artefacts

FAQs

Do I need any prior ECG knowledge?

Some prior knowledge and experience of ECGs would be advantageous but we do supply pre-course reading material on ECG theory and the course starts by covering all the fundamentals.

 

Important payment information – FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF BOOKING. We are unable to issue invoices to employers. Please see ticket information for further details.

Refund Policy – please note that refunds cannot be given for cancellations made within 14 days of the course start date. Cancellations made 14 days or more before the start date will incur a cancellation charge of £100. If you wish to cancel please contact us directly.

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