Wessex Cardiology Trainees

Advance Notice: Training Days 2013

The official Wessex training days for 2013 are being finalised by Paul Kalra. In the meantime, please note the following, and arrange for clinical cover and clinics to be cancelled as appropriate for the SpRs taking over from your post.
As always, the themed speciality training days are open to all. 
January - Evening meeting, likely advanced HF with speaker from Harefield ie VADs and TX - date TBC

February 5th - Marriott Portsmouth Medtronic hands on programming around ICD: indications, implant and 'emergency out of hrs follow up'

April 23rd - South Coast HF Meeting - Poole

Shape of Training Review - BJCA Evidence Submission

The "Shape of Training Review" is the next potential big reorganisation of specialty training. Some of the changes under consideration would make this potentially even bigger than MMC. It is essential that we try to stay fully engaged with the process to ensure our views as cardiology trainees are fully considered in any new training infrastructure.

Afzal Sohaib,  BJCA secretary, is collecting input from trainees in order to coordinate a formal response from the BJCA.

There is a "call for evidence" process underway on www.shapeoftraining.co.uk. Sohaib has put together a summary document outlining the key points that will affect us. If you can have a look and email me with any thoughts, I will feedback a summary of responses.

With best wishes,


BJCA Courses and Education: Heart Failure

The 5th BSH Heart Failure Day Training and Revalidation
7 February 2013
Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, London

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.

The programme and application form is available here. Note the travel grant available if you apply by 17th January 2013.