Wessex Cardiology Trainees

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