Areas of Expertise

  • Echocardiography
  • Ventricular-arterial coupling
  • Heart valve disease
  • Point-of-care ultrasound
  • Sub-clinical cardiovascular dysfunction


  1. Mărgulescu, A., Rees, E., Richley, D., Thomas, D., & Smith, D. ST elevation in a patient with small bowel occlusion and gastric distension—What is the most likely explanation? A hypothesis generating case report. Journal of Electrocardiology, 57, 77-80.
  2. Williams, C., Mateescu, A., Rees, E., Truman, K., Elliott, C., Bahlay, B., Wallis, A., & Ionescu, A. Point-of-care echocardiographic screening for left-sided valve heart disease: high yield and affordable cost in an elderly cohort recruited in primary practice. Echo Research and Practice, 6(3), 71-79.
  3. Margulescu, A., Rees, E., Coulson, R., Rees, A., Vinereanu, D., & Fraser, A. Do left atrial strain and strain rate reflect intrinsic atrial function, or are they determined by left ventricular function?. Kardiologia Polska, 539-548.
  4. Rees, E., Coulson, R., Dunstan, F., Evans, W., Blundell, H., Luzio, S., Dunseath, G., Halcox, J., Fraser, A., Rees, D., Dunseath, G., Luzio, S., & Halcox, J. Central arterial stiffness and diastolic function are associated with insulin resistance and abdominal obesity in young women but polycystic ovary syndrome does not confer additional risk. Human Reproduction, 29(9), 2041-2049.
  5. Galusko, V., Bodger, O., Rees, E., & Ionescu, A. Hand-held ultrasonography: An opportunity for “hands-on” teaching of medicine. MedEdPublish, 7(2)


  • SHC330 Professional Practice 3

    This is a module that builds upon SHC150 Professional Practice 1 and SHC230 Professional Practice 2 from years 1 and 2 to provide the student with an in depth understanding of leadership and quality improvement in healthcare science.

  • SHC331 Healthcare Science Research Project

    This module will facilitate the planning, execution and dissemination of a research project with direct relevance to the clinical specialism. Students will be expected to plan, execute and disseminate a literature review, audit or service improvement project.

  • SHC338 Evidence-Based Practice in Cardiology

    The module will prepare students for their professional role as a healthcare science practitioner in Cardiology. Students will gain an understanding of their role in the patient pathway and the importance of evidence-based practice that considers patient-centred care.

  • SHCM00 Clinical Assessment for Healthcare Scientists

    This module will give practitioners the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding which underpins the use of clinical assessment in the context of differential diagnosis. Practitioners will be expected to apply knowledge and basic skills of clinical assessment to their individual scope of practice within a cardiology, respiratory physiology or sleep-disordered breathing clinic. The opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the role of other diagnostic modalities such as radiology and pathology are integral to the module.

  • SHCM02 Applied Pathophysiology for Healthcare Scientists

    This module provides an underpinning knowledge of pathophysiology which is essential for accurate clinical examination and differential diagnosis by advanced practitioners.

  • SHCM03 Essential Echocardiography

    Essential Echocardiography is designed as a bridging module to the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) accreditation, a post-registration professional qualification. Practitioners will develop the underpinning knowledge and skills to begin workplace training in preparation for the accreditation needed for autonomous practice. Applicants should note that BSE accreditation is an independent qualification examined by an external professional group not linked to the University. Completion of this module supports learning for echocardiography training but is not a guarantee of successful accreditation.

  • SHVM00 Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Long Term Chronic Conditions Management

    This module is used to underpin the applied knowledge required to understand the clinical presentation and management of specific long term and chronic conditions.


  • Study 1: Diagnostic accuracy of point-of-care ultrasound by community nurses for the detection of left ventricular systolic dysfunction (diagnostic accuracy and reproducibility study).«br /» N.B. possible modification to a diagnostic accuracy/repro study to be remote repeated analysis of images (rather than repeated acquisition) of test data. «br /» «br /» Study 2: Improving community-based diagnostic pathways for older people with shortness of breath- evaluating the effectiveness of adding a point-of-care ultrasound scan (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fitzsimmons