Wessex Cardiology Trainees

New Trainee Rep - Election Result

Dear All,

After a really close election, Kri Loganath received the most votes and so will take on the role of trainee rep from today.  I just want to say thank you to Alex and Gautam for putting themselves forwards.

I also wanted to say that it has been a real pleasure to be a trainee rep in Wessex, thank you all for the opportunity.  A big thank you to Jonathan Hinton and Tom Gilpin who were absolutely fantastic to work with. 

Good luck Tom and Kri - you'll be awesome.

That's all from me!  Always happy to be contacted if I can be of any help to anyone.

Hannah x

New Trainee Rep.

Dear all,

A reminder that voting for the next trainee rep closes this Sunday 16th February at 17:00.

The statements from the candidates can be found previously on the blog.

Email Hannah at hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net with your vote.


Evening Meeting and ARCP changes - IMPORTANT.

Dear all,

There are upcoming changes to the ARCP process, how it will be run/what is required from trainees. This will impact ALL SpRs pre CCT with an NTN in Wessex.

With this in mind I have organised an evening meeting on 09/03/2020 at which Dr John Paisey will be giving a presentation on what is required.

It is strongly suggested that all trainees make an effort to attend.

Venue:          The Stable, Winchester. SO23 9EX.
Date/Time:   09/03/2020 - 19:00 arrival.
Sponsored by Bayer.

If you would like to sign up, email me at gilpintr4290@doctors.org.uk.


ECHO Survey.

Dear all.

A reminder that the ECHO survey is still running. Want training to change? Then complete the survey.
Find it here.

Results to be presented at the upcoming STC meeting.


Trainee Rep Elections

Dear All,

I am really pleased to say that three trainees including Gautam Sen, Krithika Loganath and Alex Bates have all put themselves forwards for the position of trainee rep alongside Tom Gilpin.  Please see below their manifestos.

Please email me on hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net with the name of the person you would like to vote for.  Obviously you can only vote once.  The deadline for voting is Sunday 16th February 17:00.  The result will go out on the blog Monday 17th Feb.

Whatever the result, thank you to all three trainees who have put themselves forwards for the role.

Gautam Sen ST5
1) Why I would make a good trainee representative
Those of you who know me know that I am approachable, meticulous about organisation and supportive. It's with this in mind that I am putting myself forward as trainee representative. I am enthusiastic and committed to improving the quality and nature of our training in Wessex; having previously represented trainees at a regional and local level.  
More recently, having gained experience of managing and leading the on-call registrar rota in two different hospitals, as a Royal College of Physicians Associate Tutor and as a result of having improved our educational experiences in two different trusts, I already possess the skills needed to excel at this role and have a clear agenda to improve training for cardiology registrars across Wessex.
If I am appointed I will ensure that trainees interests and concerns are prioritised and recognised in full; and will ensure that I represent our collective voice accordingly. 

2) How I want to improve training in Wessex
Echo - I know many of us are frustrated by the regional variation in access to appropriate training. I want to work with the deanery to provide bleep-free echo time and have better access to outpatient lists.
ARCP - There is a lack of clarity around ARCP processes, particularly in relation to the essential competencies at the end of each year of training. I want to increase the transparency and create a comprehensive list regarding what is needed at each stage of training.
Procedural Skills - I am aware that developing appropriate skills in temporary pacing and pericardiocentesis can be difficult and largely opportunistic and I plan to arrange simulation sessions for these skills in order to obtain the necessary sign off.
Teaching Programme - I will continue to develop our excellent Wessex teaching programme by adding sessions which can be directly linked to our curriculum

Krithika Loganath ST3
ST3 Cardiology in Dorset County Hospital
1)  Why I would make a good trainee representative
Being a junior registrar, I believe I bring a fresh perspective to Cardiology training with the foundation of experience in leadership and management across different deaneries. I am currently on the Trainee Committee for the British Society of Cardiac Imaging (BSCI), helping to manage the website and assist in the preparations in the run up to the annual meeting this March. Prior to that, from 2017-2019 I was the Core Medical Training Representative in UHS, working to standardize training opportunities across different rotations. I had also been actively involved with the Peninsula Foundation School Quality Panels, independently assessing and feeding back foundation trainees’ experiences across different specialties. In a more social context, I was also the Derriford Hospital Mess Secretary in 2016/17.
On a personal level, I am a very friendly and approachable person who is always happy to help. I have never shied away from speaking up for the concerns of trainees at the local and regional level, and if elected will continue to do so at a national level as well on behalf of Wessex Cardiology trainees.

2) What I want to do to improve trainees experience in Wessex
Training opportunities are always at the forefront of any trainees experience. Following on from the recent survey, there is a need to improve echo and cross sectional imaging training in the deanery. 
If elected, I would aim to get protected time for echo training, particularly in the early registrar years as mandatory across all trusts in the deanery. In addition, I would like to establish a taster week in cross sectional imaging for trainees in smaller trusts to ensure early exposure to this as well as increasing ease of access to Level 1 CT training.
It would also be one of my aims to highlight to trainees, early in training, the key training strengths of each trust so professional goals can be achieved throughout the years.
Finally, I would aim to continue to improve on the safe and supportive network of trainees in Wessex with the establishment of a mentorship programme for trainees who would like additional support. This could be pastoral or professional from either more senior trainees or consultants in informal manner.

Alex Bates ST5
Why I would make a decent trainee representative
With the integration of IMT and dual accreditation of GIM, we will have significant changes in our training and curriculum.  Good representation is important to ensure this is a smooth process.
I fit as a trainee representative through extensive previous experience, organisational abilities and complimenting Tom’s skills.
My previous experience as a RCP associate college tutor.  Here, I created monthly CMT teaching sessions, and organised a 4-day deanery wide PACES course with outstanding feedback.  I represented CMTs to the board in Derriford Hospital and across the deanery, particularly standing up against cancellation of training days.
Having been a SpR in Wessex for 2.5 years, I have worked across 3 hospitals clinically (IOW, Dorchester, RBH) and am now OOPR in UHS.  I am aware of the good, and bad of each of these hospitals, none of which Tom has been to – complimenting his experiences excellently. 
As a new father I am acutely aware of the life changes and challenges this brings, something that many of us will experience in our time as an SpR.
What I want to do to improve trainee experiences in Wessex
IMT is happening and it will affect our training and sign off.   We cannot ignore or be dismissive of internal medicine.  We need to be aware who will need to dual accredit and specifically how to achieve this alongside our challenging curriculum, procedural competencies, and separate rotas in RBH / QAH / UHS.  I would ensure you are aware of sign off requirements, and our inevitable challenges communicated to the internal medicine TPD. 
ECHO is a core skill and BSE accreditation mandatory in Wessex.  However, it is often overlooked in exchange for service provision or building lab competencies.  I would advocate for protected ECHO training time in ST3/4 to push accreditation ASAP.
Our training days are often excellent to the point where trainees from outside the deanery have attended them.  I would continue to push the high quality of these and involve trainees with specific interests to assist in their organisation to help build CVs.
Finally, I would highlight resources and opportunities on our website for you to access.  e.g. ACHD e-modules, device e-modules, fellowships, research opportunities

Training Days

Upcoming training days:

1.  Coronary Intervention training day in Bournemouth February 13th.  Please click for the here for the final program.  If you havent already, please email Tom Gilpin ASAP to sign-up (gilpintr4290@doctors.org.uk).  

2.  South Coast Heart Failure Conference, Tuesday 24th March.  Please click here for the registration form.  It needs to be emailed to amanda.avey@poole.nhs.uk. This is an excellent meeting and is one of the official training days.  It is always fully booked, so please fill in the registration form and send it today if you are interested.  

Finally, please take 2 mins to complete the echo survey.  Also please consider if you would like to take on the role of Trainee rep.  Candidate statements to be released after the submission deadline (16:59 05/02/2020).

Hannah x

ECHO Survey 2020 + Trainee Rep election.

Dear all,

ECHO Survey
The most recent BJCA survey highlighted ongoing issues around ECHO training. In collaboration with our ECHO lead, Dr Chris Steadman, we are looking at ways to improve Echo training in Wessex. The first step is to get a baseline of the current situation around the region by means of a survey.

We have put together a (very brief) survey and would be very grateful if you could take the time to complete it (1-2 minutes). The results will be used to push forwards change and improvements.

Please find the survey here.

Thanks all for your help as always.

Trainee Rep Election
Following on from the survey, if you want to do even more to help improve training in Wessex you should consider running to be the new trainee rep along side Tom.

After two very successful years of being the trainee rep for Wessex, Hannah is stepping down from the role to move on to new pastures in London and so an election is called.

Trainee Representatives main roles

  • Local Trainee Representation - the Wessex trainee reps attend all the specialist training committee (STC) meetings. We represent the views of trainees to the training programme director and the wider consultant body and are able to provide a voice on issues such as job rotations, ARCPs, study leave etc. The results of the annual trainees survey are presented here.

  • National Representation - Both Wessex trainee representatives sit on the BJCA council and attend the BJCA annual general meeting at the British cardiovascular society conference each year. We act as a link between Wessex and the BJCA, highlighting any training issues at a national level and providing updates to Wessex SpRs.

  • Improve local training - we organise the annual training day programme, many of the individual training days along with other evening educational meetings held across the deanery. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • You must currently hold a Cardiology NTN in Wessex. 

  • You should intend to continue to be a Cardiology trainee accessible within the deanery for at least 12 months. 

  • All appointments are subject to approval by Dr John Paisey (TPD - Wessex). 

Application Process
Please formulate a statement consisting of two sections (with no more than 150 words in each section) entitled:
1) Why I would make a good trainee representative
2) What I want to do to improve trainees experience in Wessex

Email this to Hannah at - hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net. The deadline for applications is 16:59 on 05/02/2020 after which the statements will be published on the blog and an election held.

If if you have any further questions regarding the role pleas get in touch with either of us.

Best wishes,

Tom and Hannah.