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Introduction to Rhythm Recognition City Health

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

This flexible study day has been designed to meet the needs of registered practitioners who work in clinical settings where continuous cardiac monitoring is performed and/or 12-lead ECG interpretation skills are required. Candidates requiring rhythm recognition skills alone can opt to attend the morning (9am - 12pm) session only.

Alternatively, practitioners may complete the entire study day (9am-4pm) and cover both rhythm recognition in the morning and 12-lead ECG interpretation in the afternoon*. If you would like to complete the full day, then please book on to the Introduction to 12 Lead ECG Interpretation study day.

*Please note that attendance at the morning ‘introduction to rhythm recognition’ is a pre-requisite for completion of the afternoon ‘introduction to 12-lead ECG interpretation’.

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    Course content is perfect and very relevant. Instructor is very clear & simplified it to our understanding. Course material is very good.

    Former delegate

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    This course has improved my confidence

    Staff Nurse, Hammersmith Hospital

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

  • Revision of cardiac anatomy and electrophysiology
  • Six stage approach to systematic rhythm interpretation
  • Recognition of normal sinus rhythm and common arrhythmias
  • Appreciation of the clinical context of some common arrhythmias



Prerequisite knowledge

Applicants must be registered practitioners working in a clinical setting where continuous cardiac monitoring is performed and / or 12-lead ECG interpretation skills are required.



Workbook to promote clinical application of content

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Crawford J & Doherty L (2009) Recording a standard 12-lead ECG: Filling in gaps in quality British Journal of Cardiac Nursing 4(4) pp162-7

Crawford J & Doherty L (2008) Recording a standard 12-lead ECG: Filling in gaps in knowledge British Journal of Cardiac Nursing 3(12)pp572-7

Nicol M, Bavin C, Cronin P , Rawlings-Anderson K, Cole E & Hunter J (2012) Essential Nursing Skills4th Edition Edinburgh : Elsevier

Rowlands A & Sargent A (2014) The ECG workbook 3rd Edition M&K Update Ltd, Keswick

Sampson  M & McGrath A (2015) Understanding the ECG Part 1: anatomy and physiology, British Journal of Cardiac Nursing 10(11) pp548-554

Sampson M & McGrath A (2015) Understanding the ECG Part 2: ECG basics, British Journal of Cardiac Nursing 10(12) pp588-594 Sampson M (2016) Understanding the ECG Part 3: Arrthyhmias, British Journal of Cardiac Nursing 11(1) pp2-7

Module leaders

  • Tracey Bowden (née Gibson)

    Tracey is a senior lecturer in adult nursing specialising in cardiac care. Tracey trained in Ayrshire and Arran College of Nursing and Midwifery before starting work as a staff nurse in the coronary care unit of the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. She moved to London to London in 1998 to ...

  • Duncan Smith

    Duncan was appointed Lecturer at City, University of London in August 2014.

    Duncan is currently undertaking a 4-year NIHR/HEE Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (supervised by Prof. Leanne Aitken and Dr Martin Cartwright). Duncan's doctoral research focuses on the development of a complex behaviour change intervention, to improve responses to ...

  • Gareth Evans RN, BSc

    Lecturer in Adult Nursing Gareth joined City in April 2016. His clinical experience includes cardiothoracic & general intensive care, resuscitation and critical care outreach.