Wessex Cardiology Trainees

Congenital Training day and Survey

Dear All,

1.  If you haven't already done so, we would be very grateful if you could spare 5 minutes to complete this years survey.  Myself/Tom/Jonathan have spent so much time arranging training days and trying to improve things and we would be really grateful for your feedback.  In addition, it's our chance to have our voice heard collectively.  Please click here to complete.

2.  To sign up to the upcoming congenital training day on September the 27th at UHS please email abigail.sharpe@uhs.nhs.uk.  There is a fee of £20 on the day, which should be retrospectively reimbursed through your study budget.  The topic is functionally single ventricle circulations.

Best wishes,


Trainee Survey and Rotational Planning Meeting.

Dear All,

I hope you are enjoying the last of the summer sun! A few reminders.

1) The Wessex SpR Trainee survey is live. This is a key way to get anonymous feedback from everyone in the region for training over the last year. There are only a couple of weeks left before the STC meeting and the responses are slowly coming in but a lot are still outstanding. Please click here to complete it.

2) A reminder that the Rotational Planning meeting is at Southern House on 12/09/2019. Please find here the up-to-date rota. If you want to discuss your preferred place of work you need to be there (unless OOP).

3) The September, October and November training days are open to sign up. Get the study leave booked in and I look forward to seeing you all there!

4) Finally I will be organising drinks and dinner after the National Training Day in September (RCP, London). Let me know if you are heading up for the meeting.



2019 Survey and November training day

Dear All,

1.  This years survey is ready to complete.  Please click here.  This is your chance to feed back to the Specialist Training Committee about your training over the last 12 months - positive and negative.  Please take 5-10 minutes to fill this in over the next couple of weeks.

2.  If you would like to attend the 26th November training day on 'difficult areas of the curriculum to sign off' please register with Sally ASAP, sallyolsen@doctors.net.uk.  We are hoping to offer the training day nationally but want to know how many Wessex trainees are interested as a priority.

Many thanks!

Best wishes,


Upcoming Training Days and Evening Events

There is lots planned over the next few months.  Here are some important dates for your diary:

1.  National Training Day Thursday 19th September at the Royal College of Physicians.  Click here to go to the BCS page.

2.  Training day 27th September at University Hospital Southampton.  Ebstein's and AVSDs.  More information to follow.

3.  Training Day 23rd October 'Managing change and effective written communication'.  Chilworth Manor, Southampton.  For agenda click here.  To sign up please email Tom at:  gilpintr4290@doctors.org.uk

4.   Curriculum Vitae Evening event October 23rd 18:30 at The Pig in the New Forest.  Talk given by Dr James Wilkinson followed by food and drinks.  This is quite a small venue so please sign up ASAP to avoid disappointment....  Email: hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net

5.  Training day 26th November - Difficult areas of the curriculum to sign off.  Bartley Lodge, New Forest starting at 09:30.  Sponsored by Sanofi and organised by Sally Olsen and myself.  For the agenda please click here.  To sign up please email: sallyolsen@doctors.net.uk

We have an exciting evening event to mark the end of 2019..  More details coming soon with thanks to Tom and Ben.

I think that's enough for one post.

Thanks, Hannah 

Training Days

Dear all,

There have been a few concerns raised within the region regarding attendance at training days. The speakers give up their time and put a lot of effort into delivering these events for us.

A list of those expected is sent out to the organising Consultant(s). A few trainees recently confirmed they would be attending but didn't show on the day, without giving prior warning. This reflects poorly on all of us as a group.

Of course unexpected situations arise meaning attendance is not possible. If this is the case please let either Hannah or myself know ASAP so we can pass the message on.

Apologies for the slightly negative note but stay tuned for more fun evening events and the upcoming trainee survey.

Evening all,

A few updates from across the region.

Portsmouth Training Day
A reminder to all that the Portsmouth Arrhythmia and Devices training day is next Wednesday 17th July at the Marriott Hotel, PO6 4SH. This is sponsored by Medtronic and is an amazing opportunity to get hands on devices programming experience. To see the agenda click here.

Dr Kirubakaran is happy to discuss any other topics (arrhythmia related) you would like addressing. Email Hannah at hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net to request this and to sign up.

Ben Wiles has asked us to let you know about a congenital EP day on Thursday 25th of July 2019 at the Royal Society of Medicine (London). Targeted at general EP trainees, aiming to provide an introduction to rhythm management in ACHD. Click here for more information.

Cardiac Sarcoidosis
Dr Kaushik Guha (HF Cons QAH) has asked me to highlight an upcoming Cardiac Sarcoidosis symposium also at the Royal Society of Medicine (London). Click here for more information.

ACHD Training
The 2020 ACHD training days have been released so get them in your diary now.
24/04/2020 - topic TBC
25/09/2020 - topic TBC
Further information will be released closer to the date.

Hannah and Tom.

Oxford HF and ICC fellowship, Portsmouth Training Day

A couple of things:

1.  Paul Haydock has flagged up the following job advert in Oxford for a Heart Failure and ICC fellowship:


2.  Any final requests to attend the Portsmouth arrhythmias and device programming training day on the 17th July, please email me Hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net

I am the process of organising the next evening event, which will likely be in September.  If you have any ideas of something you specifically want please get in contact with either myself or Tom.

Best wishes,