Dr James Beattie is Consultant Cardiologist and Heart Failure Lead at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham.
He qualified in medicine at Glasgow University in 1976. Initial training in cardiology was in the university department at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Thereafter he was a Research Fellow in heart failure at The University of California School of Medicine, Davis and subsequently Research Scientist at the Space Medicine Laboratory of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. He returned to the UK as Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine at Birmingham University and was appointed Consultant in 1990.
He has worked at The Priory Hospital since then and has extensive experience in general adult cardiology practice with a particular interest in heart failure. For 10 years up to 2013, he was a National Clinical Lead with NHS Improvement working to improve heart failure services across England. He is a member of the British Society for Heart Failure and the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology.
He has a particular interest in advanced heart failure and end of life care for which he has contributed to guideline development on a national and international basis.
He is a Trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care and chairs their heart failure policy group.