7th - 9th November 2017

CPX/POETTS Practicum

European Practicum of Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing: A POETTS Accredited Course

Balmer Lawn Hotel, New Forest, UK, SO42 7ZB


7th - 9th November 2017
Balmer Lawn Hotel, New Forest, UK, SO42 7ZB
CPD credit
15 points
Matrix Codes
Booking dates:
Early Bird to 31st March / Full rates from 1st April
Early Bird Fees:
3 day fee £750 (£850 from 1st April

Who should attend?

Clinicians, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Clinical Scientists and Trainees (pulmonary, cardiac, anaesthesia, intensive care, peri-operative)

All levels of CPET experience from novice to expert are accommodated - participants are assigned to facilitated group learning and laboratory groups according to experience

Programme Highlights

The 2017 European Practicum on Clinical Exercise Testing and Interpretation (CPET) benefits from a combined faculty of internationally-recognised experts in cardiopulmonary exercise testing and, through the UK Perioperative Exercise Testing and Training Society (POETTS), experts in perioperative CPET.

This three-day course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles underlying the physiological basis of clinical CPET. This will allow participants to identify the indications for CPET and to manage the most common exercise protocols (i.e. incremental, constant work-rate) used in clinical, rehabilitation and prehabilitation settings. Participants will be able to familiarise themselves with the equipment and methodology involved in CPET and to undertake appropriate interpretation of the results.


  • To provide a comprehensive understanding of the physiological basis of CPET
  • To identify the indications for and the protocols used in CPET (i.e. incremental, constant work-rate)
  • To discuss the clinical applications of CPET in lung and heart diseases, and in the perioperative setting
  • To enable participants to understand the utility of CPET in the prescription and
  • evaluation of rehabilitation and prehabilitation programmes
  • To detail the emerging importance of CPET in the prognostic setting


  • Plenary sessions
  • Lectures
  • Interactive facilitated group learning sessions
  • Laboratory sessions
  • Case presentations and discussion
  • Panel discussions


The course will cover practical aspects of clinical cardiopulmonary exercise testing with a focus on:

  • Indications
  • Protocols
  • Measurements
  • Data interpretation
  • Prognosis and treatment

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will have an improved knowledge of:

  • Indications for CPET
  • CPET equipment, methodology and quality control
  • Physiological significance of cardiopulmonary response profiles, in the context of incremental and constant work-rate exercise protocols
  • Typical response profiles observed in patients with different cardio-respiratory diseases
  • How to utilise CPET in the evaluation of rehabilitation and prehabilitation programmes

Call for Abstracts

Abstract prizes (€3000) Click here for submission>

Included in fees:

  • Free copy of "Principles of Exercise Testing and Interpretation" (Wasserman K, Hansen JE, Sue DY, Stringer WW, Sietsema KE, Sun XG, Whipp BJ)
  • Teaching as per agenda
  • Welcome Reception
  • Conference dinner
  • Meeting refreshments & lunch


7th - 9th November 2017
Balmer Lawn Hotel, New Forest, UK, SO42 7ZB
CPD credit
15 points
Matrix Codes

Southampton Venue

Easy transport links:

  • 90 minutes from Heathrow airport
  • 30 minutes from Southampton airport
  • 90 minutes from London Waterloo. 
  • free onsite parking


  • Balmer Lawn (practicum venue), contact Nicola Manning, conferences@blh.co.uk / 01590 625777 (N.B. rooms not available on line as block booked for Practicum delegates)
  • Cottage Lodge (Guest House/B&B in Brockenhurst) 01590 622296 to make your booking or email enquiries@cottagelodge.co.uk
  • Other hotels and B&B's available in Brockenhurst. Southampton is a short train journey and has hotels of every range and budget.

Faculty Chairs



Pierguiesppe Agostoni
Romueldo Bellardinelli
Alfred Hager
Daniel Dumitrescu
Helen Anderson