Wessex Cardiology Trainees

British Society for Heart Failure (BSH) Medical Training Meeting, 9 February 2011, National Heart and Lung Institute, London

The second BSH Training Meeting took place on 21 April 2010. It was very successful, and by popular demand we have arranged to hold another meeting on Wednesday, 9 February 2011 at the National Heart and Lung Institute, London. The programme and registration form can be downloaded here.

British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) Advanced Imaging in Cardiac Sources of Embolism, 1 April 2011, Royal Society of Medicine, London

See flyer here.

The early registration fee is £45 until 18 March 2011. Standard/onsite registration will be £55

Take Note - Training Days 2011 - Further Update from Paul Kalra

Due to a change in the South Coast Heart Failure Meeting the recent agenda has been changed. Once again, please ensue all secretaries and relevant staff know about the dates and plans have been made to cancel commitments accordingly.

Also accessible through the website with google calendar link, the dates are as follows:

Friday 21st January - EPS - SUHT - Dr Yue
Tuesday 15th February - Pacing/AF - Dorchester - Dr T Edwards
Tuesday 8th March - Portsmouth - Dr Kalra
Thursday 7th April - Heart failure - Poole - Dr C Boos

Many thanks,


BSCI/RSM Cardiac Imaging 2 Day Course Wed 2nd & Thurs 3rd Feb 2011

Essentials of Cardiac Imaging - Incorporating core training in Cardiac CT

Have a look at the flyer here

British Society for Heart Failure (BSH) 13th Annual Autumn Meeting 2010, 25 – 26 November 2010, QE11 Conference Centre, London

Last minute reminder, if you are interested in attending, please contact the BSH Secretariat by email: info@bsh.org.uk or visit the BSH website: http://www.bsh.org.uk/

Training Days 2011 - Update from Paul Kalra

To confirm training days for early 2011:
21st (fri) January - EPS - SUHT - Dr Yue
15th (tues) February - Pacing/AF - Dorchester - Dr T Edwards
29th (tues) March - Heart failure - Poole - Dr C Boos
Could you ask all trainees to highlight these dates asap to their current Trust, so that relevant clinics/lists can be cancelled or cut.
I will endeavour to circulate dates for the middle of 2011 over the next few weeks.

Invitation to the 1st NHLI Joined Academic and Clinical Seminars (NHLI-JACS), 25 November 2010, ICCH London

Dear all,

You are cordially invited to attend our first NHLI Joined Academic and Clinical Seminars (NHLI-JACS) for all the NHLI fellows and their supervisors. The evening will have an informal tone, with some presentations followed by a sponsored dinner at a local restaurant. The aims are to augment research collaborations, start new friendships amongst the fellows working at the different NHLI sites and to introduce clinical SpRs to the cutting edge cardiovascular research going on in our region.

Our first session will be held at the ICCH (59-61 North Wharf Road, London W2 1LA) on the evening of Thursday the 25th of November, followed by dinner at Massis in Sheldon Square, which is a 5 minute walk from the ICCH.

The programme is as follows:

6.40- 7.20 Declan O'Regan- What Can Cardiac MR Tell US About Acute Myocardial Infarction?

7.20-7.30 Clinical Evidence from our sponsors.

7.30-8.10 Alexander Lyon- Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy - what is all the stress about?

8.10 Close.

8.30 Dinner.

About the speakers:
Dr. Alexander Lyon is a Specialist Registrar in Cardiology and Wallport Clinical Lecturer at the NHLI.
Dr. Declan O'Regan is an MRC Senior Clinician Scientist at the Robert Steiner MRI unit at Hammersmith Hospital

RSVP as soon as possible to r.khamis@imperial.ac.uk for both talks and dinner.

Best wishes,

Jamil Mayet and Ramzi Khamis.

Imperial College, London.

Multimodality Cardiovascular Imaging Symposium: A Primer for National Trainees - 15th January 2011

Series 3: Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy
Saturday, 15th January 2011
Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

The Multimodality Cardiovascular Imaging Symposium is intended to provide trainees with a solid introduction to cardiac imaging by covering core knowledge elements of the national curriculum. The series continues with the assessment of Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy.

By the end of the course, attendees should be able to:
1. Understand normal myocardial architecture and pathological findings in this disease group.
2. Explain concepts underlying echocardiographic, CMR and nuclear applications.
3. Gain practical experience in the analysis of volumetric data by both echocardiography and CMR.
4. Appreciate the role of imaging in prognostication.

Programme and registration (£40) are online at www.cardiovascularimaging.co.uk .

Many thanks,

William M. Bradlow
Cardiology SpR, Oxford Deanery

Lead Extraction Day - 2nd December 2010 - St. Thomas' Hospital London

This event may be of interest to those of you involved with devices.

Hosted by Aldo Rinaldi and Charles Kennergren from Sweden, the programme looks excellent.

See the attached flyer for details.

Reminder to cancel clinics - EP training day - SUHT - 21st January 2011

Just a reminder from Paul Kalra - For the sake of your colleagues rotating into your hospital, please inform the relevant secretaries and consultants of the training day on 21st January.

Details of this event to follow. Further training dates are being finalised now.

Many thanks,


Wessex SpR Evening Meeting - Thursday 25th November

Just a reminder about the evening SpR meeting arranged by Nalyaka Sambu. You should have received an email the event.

Speaker: Simon Corbett, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Southampton
Topic: The role of ischaemia testing in PCI
Format: Drinks reception at 7pm; talk starts promptly at 7.30pm; dinner will be served at 8.30pm

Numbers are limited. For venue details and to check availability email Nalyaka ASAP.

BJCA Book Club – 20% discount on all medicine related titles from Oxford University Press!

Just a reminder that as a member of the BJCA, you are entitled to a 20% discount on all medicine related titles from Oxford University Press (OUP).

The normal prices seem to be a little dearer than other online sources, and postage is a flat £3 (for any number of books). With the discount (applied at the checkout) it makes it worthwhile for some books but please do shop around. There were some teething problems I encountered when testing it, but it should be working fine now.

OUP have extended the book club offer to 30 April 2011 and hopefully this association will continue beyond this date, but this will be dependent on uptake.

Please do encourage as many of your colleagues to visit the special link here

Wessex SpR Cardiology Training Day - Thursday 18th November 2010 - Salisbury District Hospital

Attached is the programme for the November training day at Salisbury Hospital hosted by Tim Wells.

To give an idea about numbers can you let him know?

Click here for the programme

STC Update from Paul Rees

Following the recent STC meeting, here's an update on some hot topics:

NTNs - in line with a national reduction in NTNs for cardiology, Wessex will lose 15% of NTNs over the next 3 years, mostly by natural wastage - i.e. some NTNs will not be re-issued when trainees CCT.

Recruitment Gaps - In Jan 2011 there will be 7 gapped posts in total. 4 LATS are going to adverts in the next few weeks so if you know any promising candidates tell them to keep 'em peeled.

OOPE - 1 year notice of intent to take OOPE is required to enable the rotation to be properly planned. If you are thinking of taking it, tell the STC ASAP, even if firm plans (funding...) haven't been formalised - email ALC and Elizabeth Martin at the Deanery. This applies to both research and clinical fellowships. You will have to satisfy both Deanery & JRCPTB requirements.

Quality Assurance - The STC were disappointed at the low response rate to the recent satisfaction survey initiated via John Paisey at RBH. 19 out of 30 NTNs replied, all essentially positive and none suggesting that GIM/cardiology combined posts put them at a disadvantage with respect to procedural numbers etc. This will be repeated, and though anonymous, will be a RITA/ARCP requirement. The Deanery needs to have, in place, a formal means by which you can feed back your views without fear of recourse - this is it.

KBA - discussed. All Wessex trainees passed. Average mark 69%. Cost noted.

Niche Subspecialties eg GUCH will undergo national coordination of available training posts via the BCS education website.

Probity - unless you want to be removed from the rotation, and face GMC action, NEVER EVER fake/falsify any documents/logbooks...this recently happened in Wessex, where a trainee attended a RITA having apparently disingenuously entered some signatures - he is no longer a trainee and faces charges.

Trainee Issues
Imaging - the STC accept that there are currently no formal imaging fellowships per se. However it is understood that there may be one very similar post at SGH next year, and that Poole are looking at developing an advanced echo post. Watch this space, potential imagers...
Computer access - it is acknowledged that computer terminal access is mandatory to enable daily tasks such as test requesting, result access, echo reporting etc. Additionally, ePortfolio management requires IT access, as does RITA prep. It was fed back that trainees in a number of large centres find this difficult.
Interventional training - the possibility of coordinating regional PCI training between SGH and RBH fellowships was discussed. This has been looked into but is impractical due to HR department issues. Additionally, it is generally felt that interview and CV development is generally poor amongst all trainees, and the job application process hones these areas in advance of CCT.
RITA/ARCP - external representation from other regions at RITAs/ARCPs/PYAs will be broadened to safeguard wider geographical representation - i.e. there will be panel members from further-flung Deaneries than Oxford in future years.

RITA/ARCP dates 2011 - 2nd Sep and 6th Sep

Any queries or issues to be discussed, email me at drpscrees@aol.com

Paul Rees

Heart Disease in Pregnancy - Monday 7 February 2011 - RCOG

This one-day course is aimed at midwives, trainees and consultant obstetricians, anaesthetists, cardiologists and haematologists. It will provide a comprehensive update on the diagnosis and management of the various cardiac disorders in pregnancy. All sessions will have dedicated time for audience interaction.

The faculty looks excellent but the registration cost seems a little steep at £211.50 for a one day event.

Have a look here

Europe AF EP Fellows Course: Deductive Electrophysiology: From Tracings To Treatment, 21 November 2010, London Hilton Metropole Hotel

This free event takes place directly before the Europe AF conference. The programme for this educational session looks excellent, with a highly regarded faculty.

In addition, if you wish to attend the full conference, a heavily discounted rate of £100 is available through the same link.

Have a look here

3rd Advanced Cardiac Imaging Course for Interventional Cardiologists, 18 November 2010, Royal College of Physicians, London

A full day course dedicated to cardiologists, cardiac imagers and cardiac surgeons from trainee to consultant.

Advanced cardiac imaging provides understanding of the disease process and enables optimal interventional strategy design. This course is designed to assist the interventionist in understanding different imaging technologies and integrating them into daily clinical practice.

Have a look at the flyer here

Urgent Request from Paul Rees

Dr. Paul Rees is attending the next Wessex Cardiology STC meeting (tomorrow) as our trainee rep.
If you have any issues that you would like addressed, can you email him with:

a) the nature of the problem
b) suggested workable solutions

Can you email him on drpscrees@aol.com by first thing tomorrow.



CRT Training Day

Please fill in the form below. It can also be filled in from the website if your email client doesn't work....

Response required - Portsmouth Training Day 28th September 2010

The CRT training day, organised by Paul Kalra and supported by Medtronic, is next week.

The event takes place at the Marriott Hotel, Cosham. Registration is at 9.30

It would be helpful to know numbers. Can you email Neil Barbour from Medtronic if you are planning on coming?

Click here for a map and directions
Click here to download programme

BCIS Young Investigator Award ACI - Closing Date November 19th 2010

This year BCIS is delighted to announce a Young Investigator Award
competition to be held during the ACI2011 Conference.

We would encourage all trainees to submit an abstract of their clinical or
basic science research work for consideration.

Submissions will be judged by the Panel and three finalists will be selected
and asked to provide a more detailed summary of their work prior to the
conference and will then present their research in the Young Investigator
Award Session at the ACI2011 Conference.

See here for more details

BSE Core Training Day in Echocardiography and FEEL-UK programme, 28 October 2010, Bournemouth International Centre

This one day, lecture based course is suitable for anyone with basic echo scanning skills who wishes to acquire core knowledge.

It is also suitable for those wishing to undertake BSE Accreditation in the future.

The course is run by the BSE and will be delivered by nationally recognised key note speakers. Hands on training, using echo simulators, may be available for a limited number of delegates.

See here for the flyer

The 5th Aspiring Interventionist, 19 October 2010, Cardiovascular Training Institute, London Chest Hospital

A great one day course that is FREE to trainees. The course is designed for Cardiology trainees who have already achieved a level of competency in diagnostic angiography and are considering sub specialty training in interventional cardiology. Some previous exposure to coronary intervention as second operator is desirable but not essential. It will also be valuable for existing consultants who are retraining in PCI.

Look here for the flyer

PCI Complications – management and troubleshooting masterclass’, 14 October 2010, Worcestershire Royal Hospital

This meeting will be of interest to all interventionists and trainees.
Continuing improvements in techniques and technology have made PCI an ever safer
procedure. Major complications have become less common, and consequently it takes
longer for most operators to acquire the experience to manage serious problems
effectively. This meeting provides a forum to review and discuss the major PCI
procedural complications and post-procedure issues, with an emphasis on sharing the
expertise of highly experienced operators

Click here for the flyer

British Congenital Cardiac Association - Winchester 2010

We are hosting the Annual British Congenital Conference in Winchester in November. There will be many renowned local (see programme) and international speakers (Prof. Heidi Connolly, Director Mayo Clinic Congenital Heart Centre, USA; Prof. Constantine Mavroudis, Chair of Congenital and Pediatric Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, USA)


Abstract deadline date is SEPTEMBER 30th!

Hope to see some of you there!

Many thanks

Dr. Aisling Carroll

Valve disease: The forgotten epidemic RSM Monday 25th October 2010

A one day valve meeting at the RSM

See the website for details or the pdf here

Pri-Med Clinical Insight – Best Practice in Cardiology 2010, 13 October 2010, London AND 10 November 2010, Manchester

This is a one-day symposium for cardiologists featuring lectures which address the recent advances and future best practices in diagnosis and management of heart disease.

The programme has been developed by an advisory board of leading UK cardiologists and will be delivered by a speaking faculty of acknowledged experts in each of the specialist areas of cardiac medicine.  These include Professor John Camm, Professor Mark Kearney, Dr Robert Sapsford and the meeting chair is Professor Sanjay Sharma.

This meeting has been endorsed by the British Cardiovascular Society. The event is free to attend but you must register. 4 CPD accredited points available from the RCP.

Phone: 0800 731 3927

CMR in Clinical Practice, 11-12 October 2010, University of Leeds

The focus of the course is very firmly clinical and lectures are presented in a case-based format and incorporate a Q&A session. All participants will get the opportunity to be involved in scanning patients.

See this flyer for details. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any contact details.

4th David Sharpe Memorial Symposium, 1-2 October 2010, Lancashire Cardiac Centre

This meeting focuses on heart failure; the medical and surgical treatment of the most complex and acutely unwell patients.

Meeting has CPD approval. For further information, please visit:


Training Days 2010 - December Update Updated

Thanks to those who noted that the December EP training day clashed with the BCS National Trainee's Day. This will take place at the Royal College of Physicians, London on 6th December 2010.

Paul Kalra has confirmed that this day will now take the place as the official December day, and the EP day rescheduled for next year.

Once again, please ensure clinics are cancelled, and rotas arranged. The calendar on the website has been updated.



Wessex SpR Evening Meeting Wednesday August 18th

Most of you should have received details from Nalyaka of the next evening meeting she has arranged. As I've indicated before, this will be the official August training day. Paul Kalra has lined up an excellent external speaker and topic:

Dr. Alex Lyon, Clinical Lecturer NHLI, Imperial College.
"Are all positive inotropes detrimental for heart failure?"

Unfortunately, places are limited to 14, so please let her know in advance if you would like to attend.



Training Days 2010 - December Update

Paul has now confirmed the date for the last training day of the year as the 6th December. It will be an update on electrophysiology, hosted by Arthur Yue at SUHT.

Further details will be available nearer the time. The date has been added to the calendar on the website.

Please remember to make rota changes and cancel clinic to ensure attendance.

Many thanks,


Training Days 2010 - Important - Please Note

Dear All,

Paul Kalra has continued to put together a great programme for the second half of the year.

There is obviously no training day in July and the August event below is in the evening. Please can you ensure that the September, October and November dates are noted, and arrangements made to cancel clinics and other commitments so that you can attend.

"Are all positive inotropes detrimental for heart failure'?' August 18, 2010 7:00 PM
Dr Alex Lyon Clinical lecturer NHLI, Imperial College
Venue TBC - Likely Winchester Hotel Du Vin

'CRT - indications, implant techniques and follow up' Sep 28, 2010
Arranged by Paul Kalra and supported by Medtronic with hands on programming/interrogation etc.

Cardiorenal Forum Oct 15, 2010
This excellent meeting will once again feature as a training day. There is just a nominal fee for attendance. You need to register ASAP.
Royal College of Physicians, London

Percutaneous Intervention, Nov 18, 2010
Dr Tim Wells

The schedule should appear on the right side of the blog page as a google calendar, and you can import the dates to your own diary from there.

Many thanks,

James Rosengarten


This 3 day course in September is a comprehensive review of all aspects of echo

Have a look here

Using the evidence base to improve outcomes in STEMI management, 9 September 2010, The National Space Centre, Leicester

See the following from Tony Gershlick
The programme is here and the registration form is here

Dear Colleague

There has been much time spent on the logistics of STEMI management in the UK. As part of the NIAP Steering and group and despite my reservations about rollout to all in the UK (hence STREAM), I do believe that this roll-out to as many as possible is important and now has its own momentum.

What is much less commonly addressed is how to do good (or where it is available) evidence-based STEMI-PCI.

My enquiries at Advisory Board and National and International meetings suggest a great deal of variance in P-PCI practice (aspirate or not/ DES or not/ radial or femoral etc).

I think it therefore important that we present to you what evidence base there is for which aspects of P-PCI we adopt. Sometimes it is just opinion but this needs to be aired also.

We have therefore put together a meeting. Some of the proposed sessions are debates to ensure both sides of any arguments are examined.

Therefore on behalf of my colleagues at University Hospitals of Leicester, Ian Hudson, Kam Chitkara and Albert Alahmar, I would like to invite you to this one day event.

It will take place on Thursday 9th September at the National Space Centre here in Leicester.

If you would like to attend this lively educative session, please complete the attached registration form and return to Millbrook Medical Conferences as soon as possible as places are limited to 50 delegates.

With best wishes


Tony Gershlick

Professor of Interventional Cardiology

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Valve Technology Symposium, 17-18 November 2010, Royal Society of Medicine

This interesting 2 day symposium is run by the cardiothoracic department at St. Georges and has an excellent international faculty, covering both surgical and percutaneous management of valve disease and diseases of the aorta.

Have a look at the website here but unfortunately the registration link doesn't work and there isn't any contact details. The cost is also unclear.

Email Frances Williams if you are interested.

6th Sheffield Practical Cath Lab Course, 27 -28 September 2010, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield

Interested in this comprehensive course covering diagnostic catheterisation, live PCI, pacemakers, ICDs and EP?

Have a look at the website here for details.

ESC Congress 2010, 28 August – 1 September 2010, Stockholm, Sweden

Planning on going to the ESC congress?

The ESC "Cardiologists of Tomorrow" is a programme of initiatives designed for trainees.

The ESC are offering registration grants for first time junior cardiologists. Travel, accommodation and subsistence are not included.

Places are limited but if you:
a) are under 35 years old
b) have never submitted an abstract to the ESC
c) have never attended the ESC congress

email Azeem Ahmad at the BCS by 17.00 on Tuesday 27th July

BSE Annual Meeting & Exhibtion, 28th - 30th October 2010, Bournemouth

Registration is NOW OPEN for the BSE Core Training Day and Annual Meeting. Please note the closing date of 30th JUNE 2010 for early bird registrations.

Full details regarding the Programme, venue and accommodation can be found on the BSE website www.bsecho.org

All queries should be directed to the BSE Administation office admin@bsecho.org or 020 7345 5185.

Heart Rhythm Update

More from the inbox:

Europe AF - 22-23rd London - Hilton London Metropole Hotel
Read the flyer here or email the organisers

Heart Rhythm Congress 2010 - 3rd-6th October 2010 - Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel
Register now for early bird discount - ends 31st July.
Abstract submission is also open.

Cardiac Arrhythmias and Sudden Death: From Bench to Bedside, 8 September 2010, St George’s University of London
look here

Intervention Update

A few courses and events from my inbox:

4th Aspiring Interventionist Course, 15 July 2010, London Chest Hospital
see details here

Chronic Total Occlusions - CT07 - Monday 1st November - Glenfield Hospital, Leicester
See the poster here or email the organisers

IVC - Imperial Valve Course - 1st - 2nd December - The King's Fund, London
See the poster here or email the organisers

The Fifth Leeds Interventional Trainees Course - 29th September - 1st October - Radisson SAS Hotel, Leeds
See the poster here or email the organisers

Have a look here for details of an Australian fellowship and here for the Boston Scientific Vancouver Island programme.

Essentials of Radial Access - 17th August 2010 - University Hospital of North Staffordshire
See the brochure here or email the organisers

Request from Paul Kalra - Feedback - Adult Congenital Heart Disease Regional Network & SpR Training Day, Wednesday 28th April 2010

Below are a few questions from the GUCH training day - a few more than usual but it is essential that I get feedback from these events to continually improve the programme.

All responses are anonymous. If you didn't attend, please indicate why.

If the survey doesn't load below then fill it in on the website http://wessexcardiology.blogspot.com


JRCPTB Training Fees to Rise - call for action

You may have received correspondence from the JRCPTB that a rise in our training fees has been announced.

The BMA also reports on the situation and urges trainees to express their concern directly to the JRCPTB by sending in a letter based on the draft given on the website.

If you are disappointed by the 22% rise in fees, in addition to our rising costs generally, then I suggest you post or email the letter to express this.

Request from Paul Kalra

Below are a few quick questions from the Portsmouth training day. It is essential that I get feedback from these events to continually improve the programme.

All responses are anonymous. If you didn't attend, please indicate why.

If the survey doesn't load below then fill it in on the website http://wessexcardiology.blogspot.com


Wessex SpR Evening Meeting Wednesday 2nd June

Following the success of the previous evening meeting arranged by Nalyaka, a further event is arranged.

This will take place on Wednesday 2nd June at Berties in Romsey. The speaker is John Paisey, Consultant Electrophysiologist at Bournemouth Hospital, who will be telling us about, "Getting Your Consultant Post".

Places are limited, so please email Nalyaka directly.

Call for Reporters - British Cardiac Society Annual Conference and Exhibition

Following the success of previous years, bcs.com will once again be publishing "live" reports from ACE sessions.

Usha Prasad, subeditor for bcs.com and outgoing BJCA representative to the Communication and Education Committee, has asked if there are any interested trainees who will attending the conference. No previous experience is needed. You will receive a credit on the website, and an immense feeling of self worth...

email Usha directly with your availability for the conference.

UK Cardiac Pathology Annual Training Day

Patrick Gallagher
, Reader in Pathology and Consultant Cardiovascular Pathologist at Southampton, has bought the following event to our attention. It's free to trainees and looks like a comprehensive day. Apparently, the guest speaker, Prof Cristina Basso of the University of Padua, Italy, is a fantastic presenter and her video is of the highest quality.

The programme can be downloaded here. Further information is available on the UKCPN website.

'Commissioning and winning bids and tenders' - delivered by Scott McKenzie Consultancy May 5, 2010

Dear All,

Please find attached details of the forthcoming training day at Portsmouth 5th May 2010. I am sure you will agree that this is extremely interesting and valuable.

Due to the need for interaction during the day it is limited to 15 places. This is usually just above the number of trainees generally attending our meetings.

Krupa Patel of Astra Zeneca is sponsoring the event, which is scheduled to begin at 9.30 with coffee. It will take place in the Education Centre, Level E,
Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, Portsmouth PO6 3LY.

Please could you email Krupa Patel by return if you would like to attend. Please do not register but then not attend (expensive to put this on).

In the event of > 15 people being interested then it will be decided according to who registered first.


Paul Kalra

Regional Cardiology Training Day in Adult Congenital Heart Disease - Wednesday April 28th

Dear SpRs,

We hope that you will be able to join us for an interesting and interactive training day (click here to download the programme).

We have provisionally planned some time for a case from each hospital. This can take any format you wish, from a discussion of a clinical dilemma to some interesting echo clips that you might like to share, to a powerpoint presentation. The idea is to generate discussion and to learn from the combined experience in the Region. We would like to make it as informal as possible. Please feel free to give me a call to discuss/confirm cases.

This is a good opportunity to add a "Regional Network Training Day Presentation" to the CV!!

Please email me to confirm your attendance so we can plan a good lunch!

Looking forward to seeing you all in Southampton for a lively day.


Aisling, Tony and Gruschen.

Request from Paul Kalra

Below are a few quick questions from the Poole training day yesterday. It is essential that I get feedback from these events to continually improve the programme.

All responses are anonymous. If you didn't attend, please indicate why.

If the survey doesn't load below then fill it in on the website http://wessexcardiology.blogspot.com


BCS Annual Conference & Exhibition - BJCA Joint membership and early bird registration

Some of you may be considering attending this year's BCS Annual Conference & Exhibition. It is always popular amongst trainees, and there is an expectation from our Programme Directors that we attend. The KBA will also take place immediately before the meeting.

Registration is now open and you'll notice that "early bird" fees are applicable on or before 31/03/2010

The standard BJCA rate is £200 which rises to £250 if you don't register in advance.
Full BCS members have free "early bird" registration.

You may be aware that in recent years there is an option for joint BJCA/BCS membership. This currently costs just £100, and in addition to several other benefits, enables you to qualify for this free early bird rate.

For those of you claiming tax relief on professional membership fees you will be aware that BCS membership also attracts such relief which effectively reduces the cost of the whole exercise.

If you have any thoughts of attending the conference I urge those who aren't currently joint members (15 of you!) to have a look here or download the form here

Perhaps most importantly there are a few of you who may still hold single BCS membership or SpR membership at higher cost. I am informed you can email
Wojtek Trzcinski and ask for this to be changed.

British Society for Heart Failure Training Meeting, 21 April 2010, National Heart and Lung Institute, London

As previously posted, this Paul Kalra meeting looks set to be an interesting day and i'm sure he will appreciate all our support.

The final programme is available here. I recommend registering soon since places are limited. You will see details of BSH membership, which you can apply for at the same time, enabling you to benefit from a reduced rate.

Vacancy - West Midlands Regional Training Programme in Cardiac Magnetic Resonance

A vacancy has arisen for this scheme, starting May 2010

The scheme provides training to Level 2 of the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Credentialling. There is a track record of success in participants gaining Level 2 Accreditation.

The programme is based in the West Midlands with most of the scanning time being spent at University hospital of North Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent and University Hospital Birmingham.

The programme is open to cardiologists and radiologists with a declared interest in cardiac imaging. Interested parties should contact Dr Grant Heatlie, Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Newcastle Road, Stoke on Trent ST4 6QG. Tel: 01782 553 550. Email: Grant.Heatlie@uhns.nhs.uk

Multimodality Cardiovascular Imaging Symposium: A Primer for National Trainees

Series 2: Valvular Heart Disease

Saturday, 24th April 2010
Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

The Multimodality Cardiovascular Imaging Symposium is intended to provide trainees with a solid introduction to cardiac imaging by covering core knowledge elements of the national curriculum. The series continues with the assessment of valvular heart disease.

By the end of the course, attendees should be able to:

1. Understand normal valvular anatomy and physiology
2. Explain concepts underlying assessment of flow disturbance.
3. Appreciate the role of established and newer forms of imaging in valve disease.
4. Discuss specific imaging techniques used in percutaneous aortic and mitral valve treatments.

Have a look at the programme and registration details here

BSE Advanced Imaging Day, 29 March 2010, Royal Society of Medicine, London

This BSE organised day will take place at the Royal Society or Medicine in central London.
The full days programme will cover Advanced Imaging in Patent Foramen Ovale Closure and Advanced Imaging in Functional Mitral Regurgitation
click here for the full programme.

Registration is just £40 per person for the full day. Delegates can register via the RSM website - click here to be redirected.

5 BSE re accreditation points have been awarded as well as 6 CPD credits from the RCP.

Request from Paul Kalra

Below are a few quick questions from the Chichester training day yesterday. It is essential that I get feedback from these events to continually improve the programme.

All responses are anonymous. If you didn't attend, please indicate why.

If the survey doesn't load below then fill it in on the website http://wessexcardiology.blogspot.com


Reminder - Valvular Heart Disease Day - Chichester - Thursday March 4th

The programme is being finalised, but in addition to local consultants, Dr. Yuk-ki Wong has arranged the following speakers:

Patrick Gallagher – Pathology of valvular heart disease

David Hildick Smith – Percutaneous valve and other novel interventions

Steve Livesey or Geoffrey Tsang – title to be announced

Its a 9am start with coffee.

Roger Miles Clinical Skills Centre
Chichester Medical Education Centre
St Richard's Hospital
Spitalfield Lane
West Sussex
PO19 6SE

BJCA events update

Thanks to Will for sending this to most of you already. I've also included details of the inaugural BCIS/BJCA Basic Cardiovascular Intervention meeting.

For more advanced interventionists, details of a fellowship in Dublin are available here
  • Essential Cardiac CT, 26 - 28 March 2010, Stirling Royal Infirmary Conference Centre

For further information and how to register and more, please click here.

  • SpR Supraregional Advanced EP Training Day, 23 April 2010, Wythenshawe Hospital

This training day is aimed at Year 4/5 EP trainees. The meeting is sponsored and there is no registration fee. For further information, please see attached programme. To register, please contact Dr Derick Todd.

  • The 7th Oxford Live Course: Complex Cardiac Intervention - Case Based Learning, 27 April 2010, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

For further information, please click here to download the flyer/registration form. There is no registration fee for this course. Early registration is recommended!

Contact: Millbrook Medical Conferences Ltd Tel: 01455 552 559

  • North West Coronary Physiology Masterclass, 28 April 2010, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester

For further information on this rescheduled masterclass (from 14 December 2009), please see attached flyer and invitation letter. Contact: Jenny Hill. Tel: 01789 207 619

  • Basic Cardiovascular Intervention, 7 May 2010, Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport

For further information, please click here to download the flyer.

Contact: Millbrook Medical Conferences Ltd click to email Tel: 01455 552 559

Wessex SpR Evening Meeting Tuesday 9th March

Just a prompt for those who didn't get Nalyaka's emails regarding this informal evening meeting.
She has put lots of effort into coordinating these dinner meetings with some excellent speakers lined up.

The next event is at Bertie's in Romsey on Tuesday 9th March. Dr. Nick Curzen will be providing the educational component.

Spaces are limited and menu choices need to be made so you can't just turn up.

Click here to drop her an email.

Cardiology Training Update - feedback from the evening meeting

A quick update from the enjoyable evening meeting in Winchester. Those of you who were unable to attend might find the following useful. I would also appreciate any comments that we might want to discuss as a group (feedback via the blog).

The following was discussed, the views expressed are Dr. Calver's as I remember them.

1) ARCP - For those being assessed by this method, e-portfolio is now mandatory. Get you and your educational supervisor registered and set up early, and update as you go along.
DOPS remain a valid assessment, but perhaps will be less important in the future. The free text comments of the assessment methods, and the reflective feedback section of the portfolio will carry greater weight in future, and we are encouraged to fill them in.

2) Quality Assurance - The Deanery needs to be seen to be training us well, and to that end we will be sent a questionnaire by John Paisey. There is apparently two parts, and we are encouraged to fill them both out, even if it seems a bind. We are to feed this back too.

3) Knowledge Based Assessment - 2007 NTNs are required to sit the KBA this year. The expectation is that everyone will pass. It will not be used to rank, or select for subspecialty training, but it is a requirement for proceeding to subspecialty training. There will be a cost, as yet undisclosed. The content of the exam will assess mostly ESC guidance, and the new edition of the ESC Textbook. There's no requirement to sit the exam if you are an SpR, and for some StR's who's dates are not quite 2007, it was suggested its worth applying anyway.

4) Out of Programme Experience - Dr. Farrell and Dr. Calver have made great efforts to secure the position of a number of trainees who are now out of programme. It seems that with the number of unfilled posts in the rotation there is a lot of pressure for service provision, and the Dean will no longer look favourably on late applications. It was stated that at least 12 months of notice should be given, including the time taken for the Dean to write to PMETB. For local jobs,
there is also an expectation that OOPE posts will require an on call commitment. The frequency will be as light as possible, and clearly the commitment will depend on where the post is, but efforts will need to be made to cover rota gaps.

Lastly, Dr. Kalra repeated the need to feedback after these events, not least for consultants own appraisal. He's supportive of the blog and requests that we use it to for this purpose.

Leicester Devices Live

Thursday 4 March 2010
Glenfield Hospital in Leicester

If you are interested in this basic devices course, now in its 7th year, have a look at the link below, or contact Thursday 4 March 2010 Glenfield Hospital in Leicester

Leicester Devices Live

Transoesophageal Echocardiography Course

London, St George's Hospital

April 22nd and 23rd 2010
This course comprises two days encompassing the theoretical background and practical applications of transoesophageal echocardiography. Lectures covering all the major topics related to the subject are given by leading experts. Abstract notes will be provided. There will be opportunity for case study discussions, and plenty of examples will be demonstrated.

Carrie Victor-Smith
Cardiac and Vascular Sciences, St George's University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE

Telephone: 0208 725 5939 , Fax: 0208 725 3328
Email: victors@sgul.ac.uk
Website: www.toe-courses.com

A Career in Cardiology: An Opportunity To Maximise Your Chances, 26 February 2010

From Azeem Ahmad BJCA Coordinator:

Dear BJCA Member

Professor Tony Gershlick (Professor of Interventional Cardiology, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust) and Dr Aung Myat (SpR in Cardiology, West Midlands Deanery) have organised a 1-day symposium on 26 February 2010, Birmingham Hippodrome Conference Centre, aimed at all those Research and Clinical Fellows, LATs and FTSTAs in Cardiology who are aiming to apply for vacant ST3 posts later this year. (Apologies in advance if these details are not applicable to you).

I attach a copy of the brochure for your perusal. It should prove to be invaluable for those doctors in terms of completing application forms, timing of postgraduate research degrees, keeping up-to-date with advances in cardiology and ultimately, and perhaps most essentially, optimising their performance in the selection interview. Please do also pass on details to other colleagues who might be interested, but are not yet members of the BJCA. (To join BJCA, please go to: http://www.bcs.com/pages/about.asp?PageID=310)

For any further enquiries, please contact Millbrook Medical Conferences Limited, Tel: 01455 552 559, Fax: 01455 550 098, Email: info@millbrookconferences.co.uk

Registration Form


From Paul Kalra, link below

I have organised the British Society of Heart Failure National Trainees meeting which will be held in London in April. I have attached a flyer. I hope you agree that it is a great programme and i would encourage as many as possible to attend. There is a registration fee - clearly this will require either study leave or company sponsorship.

In many respects if a large enough number of you can attend this meeting in April I would be happy to formalise that as the training day for that month - please let me know your thoughts (this will be a sufficiently different meeting to March 30th). Of note it is cheaper to join BSHF and then get the reduced delegate fee...

1 day South Coast Heart failure Update Meeting

From Dr. Christopher Boos. I'm informed we do need to register, even if you are a trainee. Links below.

I am writing to invite you to a one day ‘South Coast Heart Failure Update Meeting’ which will be held on Tuesday March 30th 2010 at the Haven Hotel, Sandbanks, Dorset, BH13 7QL. The meeting is free to attend and will also be a training day for SpRs in Wessex. There will a number of high profile guest speakers with the agenda aiming to cover some of the key areas and recent advances in heart failure management. Places are limited on a ‘first come first serve’ basis and the registration deadline (simple form which can be emailed back) is the 22nd January 2010. This meeting is open to one heart failure specialist nurse per hospital. If you know of anyone (eg GPSIs, consultants etc) not on this emailing list, within the catchment, who might be interested please forward to them. The meeting is aiming to cover the geographical area of Wessex plus Worthing and Torbay.

Registration Form

Training Days 2010

As per the email from Dr. Kalra:

Monday 25th
- 18.45 - Venue
Loch Fyne Winchester, 18 Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8RZ (meeting sponsored by Servier)

Alison Calver will discuss pertinent issues that relate to training, including KBA.

Deferred till first week of March

Thursday 4th - Chichester - St Richards
Yuk-ki Wong 'Valve disease'

Tuesday 30th -
Purbeck Suite, Haven Hotel, Sandbanks, Dorset, BH13 7QL
Chris Boos -
South Coast Heart Failure Update

Wednesday 28th - Southampton - GUCH

Wednesday 5th - Portsmouth
'Commissioning and winning bids and tenders' - delivered by Scott McKenzie Consultancy