Syncope Spotlight Project


Syncope will affect 40% of people during their lifetime. Whilst some syncopal episodes cause limited harm, others cause significant trauma and debility, or herald severe illness and sudden death.

Furthermore, misdiagnosis is common and therapeutic opportunities are missed.

 Project Aims

  • To improve the wellbeing of patients with syncope though improved detection, assessment and management of patients with syncope, syncopal falls and orthostatic intolerance in primary care.
  • To reduce misdiagnosis and improve cost-effective and appropriate investigation and referral patterns.

 Project Outputs

  • Syncope Toolkit will guide GPs through the initial assessment, appropriate investigation and management of patients with syncope and orthostatic intolerance.
  • Workshops
  • Baseline Survey
  • Syncope checklist
  • ECG library
  • Webinars and podcasts

Workshop - 29 October, Cambridge 

Lyme Disease, Syncope, PoTS and IBD - easily missed diagnoses - FREE EVENT 

The RCGP is delighted to invite you to attend a one day workshop focusing on the diagnosis and management of several 'easily missed' conditions.This workshop will explore the challenges faced by clinicians when detecting, investigating, treating and supporting patients with multisystemic, often non-specific, symptoms resulting from Inflammatory bowel disease,  cardiovascular syncope, PoTS or  Lyme disease. 

Clinical Team

Dr Lesley Kavi

 Dr Lesley Kavi, RCGP Clinical Champion for Syncope

Lesley obtained her medical degree at Glasgow University and now works as a GP in Solihull in the West Midlands. She is visiting professor at Birmingham City University where teaches on the MSc Advanced Practice. In addition, she runs PoTS UK, a charity that supports patients with postural tachycardia syndrome.

Lesley’s interest in syncope developed after working with STARS, a charity that provides support for patients with blackouts. She subsequently undertook a diploma in Syncope and related Disorders at RCPI, Dublin.  She has authored a number of publications related to syncope and PoTS, and her work has shown that GPs often fail to enquire about syncope red flags. She sees the Spotlight Project as an enormous and exciting opportunity to share information and improve knowledge and confidence in managing syncope patients in primary care.




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