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Ms Sue Simpson



First name(s):




Medical qualifications:


Current post:

Cardiac Physiologist Service Manager

Admin Co-ordinator name:

Lu Llewellyn


Paediatric Cardiology specialising in congenital heart disease.

Membership of professional bodies:

European Society of Cardiology,

British Society of Echocardiography,

Society for Cardiological Science and Technology,

British Heart Rhythm  Society (formally titled: Heart Rhythm UK)

Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists

Special clinical interests:

Congenital Heart Defects


Interventional cardiac catheterisation

Date of registration:

Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, Qualified 1975

Professional profile/background:

Studied Cardiac Physiology at Addenbrooke and Papworth Hospitals and worked as a qualified Cardiac Physiologist at Papworth Hospital.

Sue was heavily involved in the early UK pioneering heart transplant programme, interventional cardiology investigations and echocardiography and has extensive experience in the latter (two/three).


She joined Bristol Royal Infirmary as a Cardiac Physiologist working with both adult and paediatric patients. Sue recognized the importance in developing a standalone paediatric cardiac physiology service and she was instrumental in widening the role of the paediatric cardiac physiologist in Bristol. Working with children with congenital heart conditions was a fulfilling role and it became an area of special interest along with aiding medical supply companies to develop and test paediatric focused equipment.

Whilst in the role of the Chief Technician responsible for the paediatric cardiology service in the old Children's Hospital, Sue recognised that the treatment options for paediatric patients were becoming more specialised as new procedures and equipment were developing worldwide in cardiology and that the pace of developments would continue. 


Due to her dedicated commitment, vast knowledge and great expertise to building an excellent paediatric cardiac service, she was appointed as the Paediatric Cardiology Service Manager when the new BRHC hospital was built. This provided her with the opportunity to set up a department able to support the hospital in its role as a major cardiac centre serving the South West of England and South Wales.  Committed to staff training and continuous development to keep abreast of cardiac procedures and equipment developments so as to deliver best possible patient care and to be independent professional practitioners.  The growth in patient numbers year-on-year led to the department needing a well-deserved expansion in order to cope for the coming years and the move into new departmental facility and cardiac catheter /hybrid Lab has been completed

Service management is coupled with being the Echocardiography lead for cardiac physiologists as well as clinical work in the other cardiac areas and in 2013, Sue helped expanding the service to include Fetal cardiology sonographers at St Michaels Hospital to aid integration of support.  Training programmes are developed and delivered for students and staff for hands-on skills with links to Universities to provide the advanced theory training. Sue provides Congenital Heart Defects training for students at UWE and is involved in providing an internationally recognized echo course for neonatologists.