Wessex Cardiology Trainees

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



Bournemouth Heart failure, imaging and inherited cardiac conditions fellowship, Aortopathy & pregnancy course and July ACHD training day

Dear all

1. Dr Critoph at Bournemouth has passed this message onto us about the heart failure, imaging and inherited cardiac conditions fellowship. This looks like an excellent opportunity:

This post will shortly be advertised to cardiology registrars who are in at least their ST5 year of training.  This offers the rare opportunity for regular training in cardiac CT, cardiac MRI, transoesophageal echocardiography, inherited cardiac disease and stress echocardiography.  Job commitments include a weekly heart failure clinic, regular transthoracic echocardiography lists and organising the bimonthly inherited cardiac disease MDT.

In advance of advertisement, any enquiries or for further information please contact Dr Chris Critoph - chris.critoph@rbch.nhs.uk

Hannah Sinclair is the current fellow who would also be happy to answer any questions about the job - hannahksinclair@gmail.com

2. Tony has also highlighted an afternoon course on Aortopathy with a particular focus on pregnancy in London on May the 23rd, it looks like an excellent program and it's free - follow this link to sign up

3. Finally unfortunately the ACHD training day in July has been cancelled. The next ACHD training day will now be the 18th of October - inter-atrial and ventricular communications

Have a great weekend!


Election Fever

Dear All,

1) The deadline for applications for the BJCA Council / Wessex Trainee Rep position is next Wednesday at 5pm. Statements to me by e-mail please.

2) BCS are also currently running their elections. Can everyone who is a BCS member please ensure that they exercise their democratic right to have a say in who is elected to senior positions in our society. Vote for whoever you like, but make sure you vote! Wessex has a long tradition of having Consultants elected to senior positions in BCS and once again we have local candidates running, who you may or may not wish to vote for. To vote you need to follow the instructions in an email you should have received from onlinevoting@electoralreform.co.uk



EP Research at UHS (+ a few other things)

Dear All

EP Research at UHS
Dr Waqas Ullah, Consultant Electrophysiologist at University Hospital Southampton, is looking to meet with anyone who might be interested in undertaking a period of dedicated research in EP. He is leading on two projects which are about to commence, and is looking for an enthusiastic Fellow to join our excellent Research Department. The projects, which relate to complex arrhythmia mapping, are both at an advanced stage in terms of planning and preparation. This therefore represents an excellent opportunity for anyone who is interested. The work would be suitable for submission for a University MD (Res) and is high likely to generate peer review publications. Please contact Waqas directly to discuss this with him.

Trainee Rep
A quick reminder for anyone who wants to be considered for the post of Wessex Trainee Rep, the deadline for personal statements is 5pm on Wednesday 16th May. These need to come to me by e-mail.

Evening Meetings
We had an excellent meal last night at The Chesil Rectory in Winchester, which is apparently the third most romantic restaurant in the UK! Thank you to Dr Jason Glover for speaking and also to our generous sponsors.

Jonathan and I (or perhaps my replacement) will definitely be organising future evening events. To date we think that these have been a successful venture and very much hope that you all agree. We would however happily receive any feedback you might have about them. Don't forget they are arranged for your benefit.

To date we have tried to combine education with good food and the opportunity to socialise with your fellow trainees. We have also consistently tried to select a mid deanery location. Is this the right approach? Let us know. Also, if you have a great idea for a future evening event that you would like us to explore, then please get in touch. 

On the topic of evening events can I also please ask everyone to remember that if you sign up to attend an evening meeting which you are then unable to attend, it is important that you contact the event organiser so they can rearrange the catering arrangements. Simply not turning up is unprofessional and reflects poorly on us all.

Finally Rob Adam has asked us to remind you that he and Simon Claridge have both been invited to speak at an industry event which is being held locally in a couple of weeks time (24th May in Romsey). You are all invited to this and should contact Rob directly for more information.

See you all at the Basingstoke training day.