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SADS Awareness Conference 2017 will again put sudden heart deaths on the agenda

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust are working in conjunction with local charity the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT) to host this year’s SADS awareness conference, taking place on Thursday 2nd March.

SADS Awareness conference 2017 will again put sudden heart deaths in young people firmly on the agenda for doctors and nurses.

SADS stands for sudden arrhythmic death syndrome. It’s part of a group of subtle heart diseases that claim the lives of 12 teenagers and young adults, aged 12-35, every week in the UK. Some conditions causing SADS affect whole families.

The conference and study day is aimed at healthcare professionals in sport, hospital or community care.

The conference will be addressing issues and answering questions such as:

  • How do we get more defibrillators and CPR training into our communities?
  • How can we ensure more victims of cardiac arrest survive because a member of the public took action?
  • How do we spot the warning signs of these conditions?

Dr Ffion Davies, JHMT medical lead and consultant in A&E at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “I want to see more people diagnosed before they have a cardiac arrest. If someone does suffer a cardiac arrest, I’d like to see them arriving at A&E sitting up and talking because they’ve already received the right help – that is, access to a defibrillator and someone who has learned CPR and saved their life.”


Registration fees are £70 for doctors, £40 for nurses, paramedics, ambulance technicians and physios, and £20 for students.

The conference will take place on Thursday 2nd March at the King Power Stadium.

For enquiries, please contact

Find out more about SADS and the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust.