Wessex Cardiology Trainees

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

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