Wessex Cardiology Trainees

A stark reminder why you shouldn't falsify your portfolio documentation

Some very sobering reading for trainees, via Paul Rees.
A recent Wessex military anaesthetist has just been struck-off for falsifying RITA and other documents.  The report sets out very clearly the way the GMC view and deal with these issues, despite huge support and testimonials that he was a clinician of good standing.

Click here for the fitness to practice panel report

January Training Day

The next training day will be on Thursday 26th January 2012, at St. Mary's, Isle of Wight.

The programme will follow is due course.

Please can you ensure that arrangements have been made for appropriate clinical cover and relevant clinics have been cancelled.

Action required - This Thursday - Heart disease in Pregnancy Study Day Southampton

The next SpR training day takes place this Thursday in the Heartbeat Education Centre of University Hospital Southampton.

The programme looks excellent and is available here.

Trainees are welcome to attend the case conference at 8am, with the education day starting at 10am.

Can you let Dr. Carroll know if you are attending as soon as possible so that catering can be finalised.

4th British Society for Heart Failure Medical Training Meeting - Thursday 9 February 2012

Registration is open for the 4th annual BSH Medical Training Meeting.

This training day has been designed to meet the educational needs of the heart failure component of the core curriculum in cardiovascular medicine, as well as the needs for advanced training in heart failure. It will provide an in-depth discussion around particularly challenging and often controversial management issues that will be relevant to trainees in internal medicine, care of the elderly specialists and GPs with a special interest in heart failure.

The programme has been structured to provide a balance of carefully selected talks and interactive case-based sessions, and includes an interesting sessions on percutaneous and surgical management of patients. The talks include contributions from local heart failure experts Paul Kalra, Peter Cowburn and Domininc Kelly as well as national specialists.

You will note that £100 travel training grants are available, and Dom points out that only 50 are available on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to apply for registration with a grant is 9th December 2011. The grant is only available for BSH members, but you will see that the registration cost is also hugely reduced if you join for just a very modest fee.

A reminder also that the 14th BSH Annual Autumn Meeting takes place in November with details here.

Southampton Transoesophageal Echocardiography Course 2011

Southampton Transoesophageal Echocardiography Course 2011(SOTOEC)
Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th November 2011

Once again this Philips and Heartworks supported course returns to Southampton. The faculty includes many of our senior imaging trainees and the programme includes theory and hands on training.
The course earlier this year received excellent feedback.
The timetable is here and the sign up details here.

Essex Cardiac CT Hands-on Workshop

Essex Cardiothoracic Centre, Basildon, is running a Cardiac CT course & hands-on workshop on 30 Nov and 1st Dec 2011

This will be for Level 1 accreditation and will involve didactic lectures plus plenty of opportunities to report online and offline cases and also to be in the scanning room.

Please follow the link for more information

BCS Working Group on Acute Cardiac Care report

In 2010, BCS set up a Working Group to look at Acute Cardiac Care in the UK and the role of Coronary Care Units, chaired by Dr David Walker.

The Working Group has now completed its work and have asked for it to be circulated to trainees. The report available here.

It is worth having a read if you have a few minutes spare and are interested in the transition from CCU to Acute Cardiac Care Unit. Only a small mention is made regarding training, trainees, consultant provision and skills (5.2) but it might be useful to those still considering which subspecialty to pursue, and what might become of the CCU in those hospitals not providing primary revascularisation.

Reminder - Wessex Spr evening meeting - Tuesday 1st November

A reminder to all those who have signed up to the next informal evening meeting and meal organised by Nalyaka Sambu. This takes place at Berties, in Romsey, with guest speaker Prof. Nick Curzen giving a talk entitled, "How not to do a coronary angiogram badly".

The meeting is now full, so if you find yourself now unable to attend, please let Nalyaka know as soon as possible. If you would like to put your name down as a reserve then please let me know.

The role of imaging in the diagnosis, management and prevention of myocardial ischemia - 2nd November 2011

Wessex trainees are invited to this free one day conference, organised by the Cardiovascular Sciences Research Centre, taking place at St. George's Hospital, London.

See this link for further details

Specialty Trainee Committee 30 Sep 2011 - Trainee Update

Following the recent STC meeting, Paul Rees has the following update. Please address any queries to him
Sam Fitzsimmons will be taking over from Paul in the new year. Please send any new queries through the website link, or directly to Sam.

It's very important to maintain the core GIM component of the ePortolio during years 1-3.  To be watertight in this regard, it may be a good idea to source your own, additional GIM supervisor locally.  An anonymised, electronic log of all cases seen should be maintained throughout. Core components are shared between GIM and cardiology, trainees wishing to co-accredit in GIM will have additional requirements.
RITA/ARCP process
The time taken to review portfolios, data etc eats into time spent in discussion with trainee, and that the latter is certainly of value in career planning etc.  Plan to adjust timings to allow effective communication and discussion with trainees 15 min document review, 20 min trainee discussion.
Use the educational supervisor report form sent out by Deanery please.  We have edited some components of this to enhance its clarity.
MSF required every year, others in line with JRCPTB ARCP decision aid (via website). Basically 4 CbDs, 4 MiniCEX, DOPS.
ESRs need to sign-off linked components.  Ed Sup may need reminding, and ARCP letters will remind trainees of this.  Video user guides exist on Youtube for trainees and EsRs.  Link to Youtube user guide
Plea from ESs to be kind to them and ply them with tea/cake support during the electronic form-filling process!
Trainee Survey
Anonymised.  39 returns, 7 LAT, 24 NTN, 2 clin OOPE, 6 research.  Majority of fields complete.
Career intentions: 19 PCI, 11 Devices, 10 Echo, 8 MRI, 8HF, 7CT, 6EP, 2Nuc, 1ACHD, 0 academic
Conventional grouping of intended specialties; 29/39
Less well recognised choices; 7/39 (2 in years 4+)
Overall satisfaction with job
15 Excellent
17 Good
2 Adequate
2 Unsatisfactory
Main area of concern - office space
Comments were reviewed in detail, and discussed amongst the STC.
Complex Deanery procedure to grade posts underway, similar to a previous GMC "red flag" survey initiative to highlight areas of particular concerns. 
Deanery effectively require BSE and will continue to encourage trainees to achieve a nationally recognised standard in 1st 3 years.
3 yr MDs
Can count 1 year of research towards CCT provided prospectively recognised and discussed.
STC Trainee Replacement
As I stand down end of Jan due to CCT, Sam Groves Fitzsimmons has agreed to take over.
Next STC Meeting
2nd March 2012
28 Sep 2012
Sep 7, and Sep 11th 2012, paperwork in by 1700 Aug 10th.  Deanery email to follow.

14th British Society for Heart Failure Annual Autumn Meeting, QE11 Conference Centre, London, 24 - 25 November 2011

Registration is open for the Autumn meeting "Care of the Individual Patient".

See www.bsh.org.uk for the programme and registration details.
Early bird rates apply before 14 October with discounted options for joining as a member of BSH.

Reminder - Tomorrow evening - 18.30 - Winchester

A reminder that we are all invited to attend the SCEG meeting tomorrow evening, with a specific trainee session starting at 18.30.

Full details http://wessexcardiology.blogspot.com/2011/08/training-meeting-1830-28th-september.html

Deductive Electrophysiology: From Tracings To Treatment, 20 November 2011, London Hilton Metropole Hotel

This interactive EP teaching event takes place the day before Europe AF, for which registration is also open. A special discounted price is available for both events. This course will teach important fundamentals and basic principles of diagnostic and interventional cardiac electrophysiology.

See http://www.europeaf.com/info/EP-Fellows-Course.aspx for more details

Training issues or problems in Wessex? Paul Rees wants to hear from you.

The specialist training committee (STC) is responsible for local administration and delivery of our cardiology training in Wessex.

Dr. Paul Rees, Wessex trainee and Fellow in Interventional Cardiology at the Dorset Heart Centre is the trainee member on the commitee and would like to hear from you with any concerns you have for training or subspecialty issues.

The next meeting is September 30th, so please drop him an email drpscrees@aol.com before next week with any comments or suggestions.

Essential Surgical Skills for Cardiologists, 18 November 2011, The Royal College of Surgeons of England

This exciting new course is designed to provide candidates with a thorough grounding in the latest surgical materials and skills relative to the implantation of cardiac rhythm devices.

It has been attended by Wessex trainees and has received good feedback.

For further information see http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/education/courses/essential-surgical-skills-for-cardiologists

Aspiring Interventionist Courses, London Chest Hospital, 11 October 2011 and 24 November 2011

This course is a practical skills simulator course for trainees entering intervention training.  

The last courses were a success and oversubscribed, hence 2 dates have been offered.

To apply, please contact Laura Roberts, 

Tel: 020 8983 2216

A Year in Cardiology 2011

This symposium is entitled 'A Year in Cardiology 2011’ and will be held on Wednesday December the 14th, 2011 at the Royal College Physicians in London.

The basic premise is to give Consultant Cardiologists and Cardiology SpR's a succinct review of all the important developments/changes in cardiology during the past year from all the various conferences, with emphasis on those that affect daily clinical practice.

General Cardiology and all the major subspecialties will be covered by expert speakers. It will also give an opportunity to look ahead to new developments on the horizon as well as an Q & A session with the expert panel. See the flyer here

Training Meetings Update: September - December 2011

Paul Kalra has confirmed the training days for the rest of this year. Please cancel clinical commitments for the daytime meetings.

September 28th (evening) - Winchester - South Central Electrophysiology Group

October 7th (daytime) - Royal Society, London - Cardiorenal Forum

November 3rd (daytime) - Southampton - Congenital Study Day

November 28th (daytime) - RCP, London - National training day

December (evening) - TBC - festive evening meeting

CRY International Conference 13-14 October 2011, Cavendish Conference Centre, London

There is no delegate fee for this 2 day event, with lunch and refreshments included.

14th October: Sports Cardiology: From Theory to Practice
15th October: Diagnosis and Management of Inherited Cardiovascular Disease

Each day must be booked separately. Please click here for more details .

Best Interventional Cases at GISE Congress 2011, 11 – 14 October 2011, Genoa, Italy

An interesting opportunity for young interventional cardiologists and fellows to present the quality of their work. “The Best Young Interventional Cases” is given the unique chance to present selected cases in the Main Arena during the Opening Ceremony.

Clinical cases of particular interest and educational value will be selected by a Scientific Committee and, if accepted, will be presented in the “Best Young Interventional Case Competition” session. The 6 best selected cases will compete and will be voted on by experts and the audience who will decide the allocation of the 6 prizes ranging from 1,000 – 6,000 euros each.

For further details, please visit the conference website

Register Soon! Cryptogenic Stroke: Should all PFO’s be closed?

Registration is still open for this morning meeting taking place on 26th August in the Heart Beat Centre at Southampton.

The faculty includes representation from cardiology, neurology and heamatology and covers trial evidence as well as case review.

Please contact drssankar007@yahoo.co.uk for more information.
The programme is available here

Training Meeting - 18.30 28th September - Winchester

The next training day for trainees will be on the evening of 28th September.
The South Central Electrophysiology Group (SCEG) is a mixed group of cardiologists, trainees and allied health professionals, and as always, we are all invited to attend.

Venue - Hotel du Vin, Southgate Street, Winchester SO23 9EF
Time - 18.30 for trainees

For the September meeting, Paul Kalra has arranged that we meet early to discuss some trainee relevant topics and KBA questions before the complementary drinks and food!

The full programme for the evening is as follows:

‘Echo Techniques for the Selection and Optimisation of CRT- an Overview of Current Evidence and Practice’
Dr Badri Chandresekeran, Consultant Cardiologist, Great Western Hospital.

And a Debate:

‘The Future of Atrial fibrillation Ablation is Anatomical Catheter Designs, Mapping is Obsolete’
Dr James McCready, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (for) vs Dr Richard Bala, Royal Bournemouth Hospital (against)

The meeting is arranged by Dr. John Paisey, Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and supported by St. Jude.

Sitting the BSE transthoracic exam? Going to the BSE conference?

The British Society of Echocardiography annual conference and exhibition is this year in Edinburgh, 6th-8th October.

There is an opportunity to attend the "core training day" on the 6th October, and if you are registering for both events, a reduced rate is applicable.

All the details are available in the flyer here

6th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiorenal Forum: Friday 7th October 2011

Once again, the annual meeting of the cardiorenal forum will be our October training day.

Those that have been before will know that the meeting delivers good training on the management of patients with co-exisiting cardiac and renal disease.

The meeting takes place this year at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG (note: not the RSM).

For trainees there is a small registration fee of £30. Please register early.

For further details and registration details, have a look at the website here.

The 1st London Ventricular Tachyarrhythmia Symposium 26 September 2011

Chaired by Magdi Saba and John Camm, this one day symposium has an international faculty, covering imaging, mapping and ablation techniques.

Registration is free before August 15th.

Have a look at the details here

Cardiac Nuclear & CT imaging in Clinical Practice, 22 – 24 September 2011, European Heart House, Sophia Antipolis, France

From Professor Richard Underwood, Professor of Cardiac Imaging, Imperial College London, Royal Brompton Hospital:

On behalf of the BNCS, may I take this opportunity to advise you of an educational course that may be of interest? It is the annual ESC sponsored training course on nuclear cardiology & cardiac CT on 22-24 September at the European Heart House in the south of France. The course is directed at cardiologists, nuclear physicians and cardiac radiologists, and it will provide a basic grounding together with the opportunity to refresh knowledge of advanced topics for those already involved in the subject.

The basic principles underlying scintigraphic and CT imaging will be explained, including radiopharmaceuticals, imaging equipment, image processing and radiation. Protocols for image acquisition, processing and reporting will be discussed.

The value of radionuclide and CT imaging in different clinical settings will be addressed, including screening for coronary artery disease, acute and chronic chest pain and heart failure.

Furthermore, the differences between the non-invasive imaging techniques will be discussed extensively including MRI and stress echocardiography. Every course day will include extensive case reviews, presented in the "read with the expert" sessions.

Have a look at further details here

Fully funded - Bristol PCI course - 6th & 7th October 2011

This 2 day course with an "internationally renowned" faculty is open for registration.

The comprehensive programme looks excellent and is an opportunity for trainees to understand the basics of PCI.

The course is fully sponsored by industry including overnight accommodation. Places are limited so please register early. The organisers state that up to four delegates from each organisation are welcome to apply (1 SpR and 3 allied professionals).

Have a look at the programme here

Pri-Med Clinical Insight – Best Practice in Cardiology 2011

Pri-Med Clinical Insights – Best Practice in Cardiology is designed to provide cardiologists with the latest clinical updates in critical therapy areas which are reinforced by challenging cases, national and international guidance.

Now in its 3rd year, with a meeting in both London (14th September 2011) and Manchester. The programme features sessions from influential clinicians, including our very own Charles Peebles.

For further details and to register please visit www.pri-medupdates.co.uk/cardiology

From Paul Kalra - Action Required - Feedback - Wessex Cardiology Training Day: ‘Risk factors and co-morbidities’

Feedback survey now closed - thanks.

Below are a few questions from the 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


Paul Kalra

Training day 30th June 2011 - Risk Factors and Comorbidities

A reminder to all those who can attend of the Portsmouth training day on Thursday 30th June.

The meeting takes place at the Portsmouth Marriott with registration at 9am.

The programme looks excellent and covers much of what we don't often spend time discussing. There is a guidelines discussion session on syncope and hypertension and Paul Kalra requests that you have a look at the guidelines below before the day.

ESC Syncope guidelines (2009)
ESC Hypertension guidelines (2007)
NICE Hypertension (update 2011 final draft)
NICE Transient loss of consciousness in adults and young people (2010)

Manchester Adult Structural Heart Intervention Meeting, 28 June 2011, University Hospital of South Manchester, Wythenshawe Hospital

For further information, please see attached flyer.

Contact: Dr Mamta Buch, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist.
Email: mamta.buch@uhsm.nhs.uk

Imperial College Educational Programme for SpRs (ICEPS), 25 May 2011, International Centre for Circulatory Health, London

Please see flyer and map for the next ICEPS meeting, a popular regular educational event in London, open to all cardiology SpRs.

The meeting starts at 6.30pm followed by a sponsored dinner at a local restaurant.
Please reply asap for interest in the meeting and dinner to Ramzi Khamis on

Wessex SpR evening meeting - June 2nd

Nalyaka Sambu, Southampton based research fellow, has once again put together a great evening meeting on Thursday, June 2nd.

Alex Hobson, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, QAH Portsmouth
Angioplasty: the next 5 years
Drinks reception at 7pm; talk starts promptly at 7.30pm; dinner will be served at approx 815pm

For those of you that didn't get her recent email, you can still
contact her to reserve your place. The meeting is kindly sponsored by Lowri Feeney from the Medicines Company and Leanne Lord from Servier. Places are limited to 14.

It takes place in Winchester, at the Chesil Rectory, but you must register in advance.

Training Days Update - note 30th June

Just a reminder that there is no May training day due to various difficulties.

Paul Kalra has scheduled an additional day on June 30th in Portsmouth. Programme to follow. Please make appropriate arrangements to cancel clinics and arrange cover.

This is in addition to the BCS conference June 13th - 15th, and the Medico-legal day in Southampton on July 26th.

Southampton Transoesophageal Echocardiography Course 2011 (SOTOEC) - 23rd and 24th May 2011

Our very own Dr. Micha Freestone is helping coordinate this excellent 2 day course in TOE.
Aimed at trainees in cardiology, cardiothoracics, anaesthesia, ITU and echocardiographers, it has the advantage of being very hands-on rather than just lectures. There is lots of exposure to simulators and workstations.

Designed to suit both operators with limited or no experience, or as a refresher for slightly more experienced persons.

Have a look at the flyer that has all the contact details for further information and booking.

Wessex SpR evening meeting - Monday April 11th

Nalyaka Sambu, Southampton based research fellow, has once again put together a great evening meeting on Monday, April 11th.

Speaker: Chris Boos, Consultant Cardiologist Poole Hospital
Topic: The role of cardiopulmonary exercise testing in heart failure
Format: Drinks reception at 7pm; talk starts promptly at 7.30pm; dinner will be served at approx 815pm

For those of you that didn't get her recent email, you can still contact her to reserve your place.
It takes place in Winchester, at the Chesil Rectory, but you must register in advance.

CMR Case Reviews – 50 cases in a day, 27 May 2011, Leeds General Infirmary

This course has BCS educational approval and is designed to closely match the core curriculum.
For any further enquiries, please contact Megan Parker,
m.o.parker@leeds.ac.uk, tel: 0113 392 5404

See here for the flyer

Basic Cardiovascular Intervention 2011, 28 April 2011, Bristol Heart Institute

Organised on behalf of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society Training and Education committee, this course is aimed at trainees who have completed their core cardiology training and are planning a career in interventional cardiology.

There is no registration fee for this course but early registration is recommended. CPD accreditation has been applied for so please ensure you sign the attendance register on the day.

The flyer is here

For any further enquiries, please contact: Millbrook Medical Conferences on 01455 552 559, email: info@millbrookconferences.co.uk

Southampton Medico-legal Training Day 26th July 2011

The July training day will take place at Southampton and has been organised by Alison Calver.

It will cover record keeping and what is of interest to lawyers in medical notes, and how to keep yourself out of trouble.

There will also be courtroom practice in the afternoon - it will be helpful if you can provide cases you have knowledge of or have been involved with.
This should be excellent with a Barrister re-enacting court room battles.

Important News - March Training Day Cancelled

Due to unexpected venue/sponsoship issues we have had to cancel the training day on March 8th. Please therefore reinstate clinics and lists as appropriate. I will reorganise this in August (usually no training day) to ensure we fulfill our targets.


Paul Kalra

Wessex Cardiology Spr Training Day in Dorchester 15th February

Details of the February training day are available.

The venue is the King's Arms Hotel in Dorchester,
30 High Street DT1 1HF

Registration and coffee is at 8.45

Have a look at the programme here

3rd ACHD Core Curriculum Course, 22 - 23 March 2011, The Rose Bowl, Leeds Metropolitan University

This course is aimed at all cardiology SpRs. It will cover the core curriculum in adult congenital heart disease over 2 days, including interactive sessions, assessments and opportunities for case-based discussion. For further information, please see the website
or contact Rob Bullen at cfs events on 01438 751 519

Closing date for registration Friday 18th March 2011.

Response required - Dorchester Training Day 15th February 2011

The Dorchester training day takes place on February 15th and will be held at a hotel in the region, with the kind support of Sanofi-aventis. There is no programme as yet.

Our trainee colleague, Walid Ahmed, is helping to arrange the meeting and it would be useful if you could email him walid.ahmed@dchft.nhs.uk to give him an idea about numbers.

Many thanks,


BSH Medical Training Meeting and BSH Nurse Study Day - 9-10 February 2011 - Update

Dear All,
Please find details of the British Society Heart Failure annual training meeting in February. Please try to attend if possible it should be an excellent day.
Best wishes

Paul Kalra

This friday: Training Day in Cardiac Electrophysiology Heartbeat Education Centre, Southampton General Hospital

The programme for the Wessex Regional Training Day in Cardiac Electrophysiology on Friday 21st January 2011 is now available

The meeting will be held in the Heartbeat Education Centre, Southampton General Hospital and starts at 8.30am

Important - South Coast Heart Failure Meeting 7th April 2011, Haven Hotel, Sandbanks, Dorset

For those of you that didn't get the email from Dr. Chris Boos and are planning on attending the excellent heart failure meeting, it is essential that you register.

The meeting will form the April training day, but spaces are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. The closing date is 6th February 2011.

If you don't have the form, or need further details, email Dr. Boos' secretary Amanda Avey

Invitation to the 2nd NHLI Joined Academic and Clinical Seminars (NHLI-JACS), 26th January 2011, ICCH London

Dear All,

You are cordially invited to attend our second NHLI Joined Academic and Clinical
Seminars (NHLI-JACS). The evening will have an informal tone, with some
presentations followed by a sponsored dinner at a local restaurant. We aim to
augment collaborations and friendships accross the NHLI sites via this informal
seminar series.

This session will be held at the ICCH 59-61 North Wharf Road on the evening of
Wednesday the 26th of January, followed by a sponsored dinner at a nearby

6.30- 7.10 Sayan Sen. 'Assessment of coronary haemodynamics in health and
disease using wave intensity analysis'
7.10-7.20- Clinical Evidence from our sponsors.
7.20-7.40- Christopher Bowles’- The LV/LVAD interaction’
7.40-8.00- Mumin Noor- ‘The Harefield Bridge to Recovery Programme’
8.00 Close.
8.15 Dinner


Dr Sayan Sen MRC Clinical Research Fellow. Specialist Registrar Cardiology.
International Centre for Circulatory Health.

Christopher Bowles PhD, Artificial Heart Specialist, RB&H NHS FT & Honorary
Research Associate, Imperial College London.

Dr Mumin R Noor. Research Fellow & Cardiac Transplant SpR Cardiac
Transplantation and Mechanical Assist Devices, RBHT

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

Best wishes,

Ramzi Khamis and Jamil Mayet

BCS Annual Conference 2011, 13 - 15 June 2011, Manchester Central

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 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.

PAH Study Day Royal United Hospital Bath - Tuesday 1 March 2011

Bath are hosting a pulmonary hypertension study day again this year and have extended the invitation to all Wessex trainees in cardiology (and respiratory and rheumatology).

The day formed part of our official programme previously, but scheduling has meant it is not possible for this year. Never the less, last year was excellent and the programme this year looks great.

Have a look here or email Kelly Tillson, post graduate manager at Royal United Hospital.

Electrophysiology & Device Therapy 2011 What Every Cardiologist Needs to Know Friday 11th - Saturday 12th February 2011 Cardiff

A meeting designed specifically for non-electrophysiologists with an interest in the acute and long term management of patients with arrhythmias.

The meeting will be chaired by Dr Steve Furniss, president of Heart Rhythm UK and presentations by a range of UK expert speakers will address common management problems and patients who fall outside standard simple guidelines. For the first time there will be short video clips to give an insight into what is involved for your patient undergoing interventional electrophysiology and device procedures. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and audience interaction facilities will enable you to participate. 7 CPD points have been applied for.

Click here for the flyer

SpR Cardiology Update - 28th-29th January - Overnight meeting sponsored by Servier

Servier Laboratories have arranged a meeting for Wessex and London trainees. The meeting is fully paid for, including an overnight stay at the Paddington Hilton.

Click here for the programme

Click here for the registration details