ESH Excellence Centres 2015 Anniversary Year
In 2015 the ESH Excellence Centres celebrated 10 years of excellence in hypertension and cardiovascular prevention. The rationale for the ESH Excellence Centres was created and further elaborated at the ESH Educational Committee meeting in Italy in July 2005. The European Society of Hypertension (ESH) is making continuous efforts to manage the burden of hypertension in Europe by stimulating scientific exchange related to knowledge about hypertension, and supporting and building organizations committed to work for the control of hypertension.
The total number of approved ESH Centres of Excellence is 185 (12 of them are associated centres). The Centres of Excellence are located in 34 European countries and the associated centres in 7 non-European countries (Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Israel, Lebanon, People’s Republic of China and Venezuela).
The list of newly approved ESH Hypertension Excellence Centers is published annually in the journals endorsed by the ESH (Journal of Hypertension and Blood Pressure) and listed in the Directory of Excellence Centres.
The ESH Council has decided to approve applications twice a year at ESH Council meetings (deadlines for submission June 30 and December 31). Please note that applications should be made using the online application form and supported by a letter of endorsement from the National Society.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance and will be invited to attend the ESH Annual Meetings to receive the diploma.
ESH Blood Pressure Clinics
The ESH Council considered a proposal to recognise the ESH Blood Pressure Clinics. The view of the ESH Council was that this would be best managed through the existing Excellence Centre Framework. The goal of this is to allow specialists running blood pressure or cardiovascular risk services, but without the critical mass, to become an Excellence Centre and be plugged into this ESH Framework through your Excellence Centre. We therefore invite you to consider partnering local blood pressure clinics within your area and region to engage with colleagues who in your view have high-quality clinical practice but who are outside your currently approved Excellence Centres. The coordination of the interaction with these Blood Pressure Clinics will be at the Excellence Centre level on a hub and spoke model. It would be of value for Excellence Centres to consider partnering Blood Pressure Clinics to augment capacity, as inevitably it will be attractive and more efficient for large-scale programs to engage with larger Centres who offer access to a large patient base.