Wessex Cardiology Trainees

Dear All,

Hello as the new trainee rep!  Two updates:

1.  The next training day is the Portsmouth Arrhythmias and Devices training day on the 18th July at the Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth.  If you are planning to attend please email Jonathan jwh20485@gmail.com 

 The provisional program is as follows (although subject to change):

0930      Introduction                                                             
0935      SVTs and Arrhythmia mechanisms                        
1015      Arrhythmias and ECGs                                            
1045      Coffee
1100      Atrial Fibrillation                                                   
1130      Syncope                                                                  
1200      Arrhythmia Cases                                                   
1230      Lunch
1330      Afternoon                                                                   
                  Pacemaker / Devices
1500      Coffee
1530      Pacemaker / Devices                                             

1600      Finish

2.  Another date for your diary - the first imaging training day is provisionally booked for the 10th October 2018.  This will be a Nuclear Medicine training day at Poole.  

Good luck to everyone doing the EEGC on Thursday...



New Trainee Representative

Dear All,

Hannah Sinclair has been elected as your new trainee representative. I'm sure she will be absolutely great in the role. Good luck to her, and to all of you, for the remainder of your training.

That's all from me.

Kind Regards,

Hi all

Just a quick reminder that we are planning an evening meal on the Monday of BCS - if you would like to come message me your number and I'll add you to the group - jwh20485@gmail.com. Look forward to seeing lots of you then!


Basingstoke training day feedback

Dear all

The team that put on the Basingstoke Training day would be grateful if anyone who attended could fill in this brief survey! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BJJ8KXH
Whilst I appreciate that there are lots of surveys these help the team to know what worked and how to make things even better!



BCS national training day date correction

Dear all

Just a quick message to say that the date on the training day part of the website for the BCS national training day as part of the national conference is incorrect. This had said that it was Tuesday the 5th but this should be Monday the 4th. I have now corrected this on the page and apologise for any issues this has caused.



Trainee Rep Election

Dear All,

Two candidates have put themselves forward to replace me as Wessex Trainee Rep / BJCA Council representative. Both should be applauded for their enthusiasm. It is up to you to decide who is elected.

Please read the statements of both candidates, which are reproduced in alphabetical order below. You then need to send me an e-mail with your chosen candidate's name in the subject line. The deadline for votes is 9am on Wednesday 30th May 2018. My email address is benedict.wiles@uhs.nhs.uk and you must e-mail me from your work address. Only current NTN holders may vote.

Good luck to both candidates.



Candidate 1: Dr Thomas Gilpin

I am a driven, articulate and enthusiastic individual who thrives on interactions clinically, academically and socially with colleagues of all levels. I strongly believe that a tightly knit cohort of trainees with accessible and approachable peer representation can drive education and the future of Wessex cardiology training forward.

As the Royal College of Physicians Associate Tutor at Queen Alexandra Hospital for the academic year August 2016 to August 2017 (CT2) I have invaluable first hand experience of providing representation at a local and national level to a high number of trainees. I was responsible for organising a yearlong teaching program with two colleagues consisting of weekly sessions delivered by consultants in a variety of medical specialties. I was also responsible for organising comprehensive PACES teaching prior to each diet of the examination.

This built upon my experience as the mess president for the district general hospital during my Foundation Year 1. This involved a range of roles supporting doctors of all training grades, securing funding to improve information technology facilities and educational equipment in the mess. Organisational responsibilities included lunchtime meetings from trade unions and financial advisory companies and the all-important regular social events!

I am grateful for your consideration of my application for this crucial role within the deanery. If successful I will serve each and every individual trainee with focus and determination to improve their ongoing education and experience of working within this dynamic speciality.

Candidate 2: Dr Hannah Sinclair

Reasons I would be a good local representative

I have been a trainee in Wessex for many years now and know the Deanery very well.  I have spent some of my training working less than full time (LTFT), which has given me a good insight into the challenges that can be faced by LTFT trainees.  Most importantly I think I am an approachable person who would therefore represent the views of local trainees well.

What I would like to do

  • My subspecialty interest is imaging and I feel that access to training in this curriculum area, particularly in the early years of training, is challenging.  One idea is to explore the feasibility of a local level 1 equivalent training day in cardiac CT and/or cardiac MRI
  • BSE accreditation in echo is compulsory and support to achieve this can be inconsistent across the region.  I would like to look at ways that this could be improved on both a regional basis and locally within individual Trusts.
  • Offer advice to trainees working/considering LTFT.
  • Evening events this year have been fantastic, not only for providing additional education and support but also for strengthening links between Wessex registrars.  I would like to help continue this.  Ideas include an evening of short informal summaries from registrars about working in the various hospitals in Wessex, hearing about specific fellowships in the region and maybe even a Christmas quiz.

Reminder: Basingstoke Training day on Wednesday!

Dear all

Just a quick reminder that the Basingstoke Training day is on Wednesday. Thanks to all those who have signed up, there is still space so you are welcome/encouraged just to turn up! Its starts at 0800 in the ARK conference center (which is on the hospital site), you can see the program by clicking here