The British Hypertension Society was founded in 1981 by eight clinicians “to provide a suitable forum where physicians, surgeons, physiologists, pharmacologists and others interested in the subject of hypertension could meet and present their work”.
In 2016 the Society changed its name to the British & Irish Hypertension Society (BIHS) as it is now known.
The Society provides a broad spectrum of scientific and educational activities. These include the production and regular updating of internationally renowned Guidelines for the management of hypertension; an Information Service for healthcare professionals; a list of Validated BP Monitors and a Validation Service for manufacturers of blood pressure monitors; Collaborative Research into aspects of hypertension and cardiovascular risk; Educational Resources which are free to download from our website and Scientific Meetings covering all aspects of research and the delivery of care related to hypertension and cardiovascular disease. A Young Investigators Network has recently been established to support younger members and engage them in the activities of the Society.
An Annual Scientific Meeting is held every September in the UK or Ireland which is open to members and non-members alike. Prizes are awarded at the meeting for the best submitted abstracts.
The Society has seven working parties:
- Guidelines and Information Service
- Blood Pressure Measurement
- Educational Programmes
- Collaborative Research
- Nurses and Allied Health Professionals
- Young Investigators
- Irish Network