Wessex Cardiology Trainees

Places Still Available - Essential Surgical Skills for Cardiologists - 26 April 2013

This 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. This course is run in association with the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) and Heart Rhythm UK (HRUK).

See http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/courses/course-search/essential-surgical-skills-for-cardiologists for details.

Feedback from STC Meeting 15th March 2013

Dear All

Please find below the outcome of the STC meeting on Friday 15th March. I am keen to represent all Trainees at these meetings so please contact me on sjgroves@hotmail.com if you have any training concerns.

ARCPs + PYA Dates 
PYAs will be on 6th September 2013. ARCPs will be 6th September and 10th September 2013. 

Wessex Regional Training Days
Great news! Dr Dom Kelly has agreed to take over the training days from Dr Paul Kalra to reinstate the once educational and social SpR Training days. The plan is have 8 regional training days and separate to this BCS x2 training days. Dr Kelly will publish the 2014 training day dates by the end of 2013 so SpRs can ensure clinics are cancelled for the next group of SpR's following on in their post. I highlighted the Echo clinics were not being cancelled in Southampton and Dr Calver agreed this should occur and with more notice we should be asking all SpR clinics are cancelled so Trainees can attend the necessary 60% of Training Days. 

Training days had been a time for education but also for socialising with our peers and increasing our working relationship...not to mention tips and hints for forthcoming ARCPs!

I would really encourage Trainees to ensure clinics are cancelled for the Training days to allow the majority of Trainees to attend.

Dr Tom Farrell has put together a document to be released on the "Eportfolio Roles and Responsibilities for the Trainee and Ed Supervisor". The document outlines who's responsibility different sections are to complete, when, where and how! Also just an early warning before PYA and ARCPs this year, we are now expected to complete Patient Surveys! Only in ST5 and ST7 but still required. 
If you are using curriculum 2007 please do not fill out any of 2010. 

The Ed Supervisor must release your MSF Summary prior to your ARCP. 

The blue print/grid is available online but Wessex deanery alter from this slightly with a minimum requirement of the following:

DOPS TTE - 6 until BSE TTE - BSE TTE Accreditation is COMPULSORY in Wessex Deanery 
DOPS Cath - 6
DOPS Pacing - 6

MiniCex - 6
ACATs - 6
CbD - 6


Patient Survey - ST5 & ST7
Audit Tool - 1 every year
Teaching Tool - 1 every year

Trainee Survey 
James Rosengarten and myself are going to take over the Trainee Survey. As a Deanery, Wessex scored badly on the GMC survey but the reasons why and comments are never seen by the Deanery. James & I have offered to take over the Trainee Survey to allow Trainees to be as honest as they like about the posts they are in or previously been in. We'd like to hear the good, bad and any recommendations you think would improve the post for the Trainees coming after you. We have asked the Deanery allow us to run this and we will do the investigating rather than have Consultants involved. We hope to have an electronic survey up and running by June/July and really appreciate everyone completing it! I'm looking for brutal honesty please!! 

Currently we are all using our ARCPs as Revalidation but it has been asked if the Trainees CCT date alters for OOPE/R, mat leave, sickness it is the Trainees responsibility to inform Vykkie Winstanley at JRCPTB who will adjust they CCT date and inform our Deanery who in turn updates the GMC and a post CCT revalidation date is generated. 

As I said please contact me if you have any concerns or recommendations.

Kindest Regards

Sam Fitzsimmons

Dr Dom Kelly - The future of Wessex training days

 Dear all,

Just when I thought I had distanced myself from the Wessex SpR rotation, I have been handed the,"honour", of organising this in the place of Paul Kalra who has exponetially increasing clinical and research commitments. There are some sessions booked by Paul already for this year and i'll get these dates out as soon as possible. My efforts will really kick in next year.

I'm very keen to move back to the model that was in place when I started as an SpR in 2006 with around 8-10 or so local meeings held at hospitals in our region. I would like to avoid incorporating national meetings in London etc as I think these types of things should be attended as separate training through study leave (other than the BCS). 

I will aim to produce a comprehensive timetable to cover all subspecialities and general cardiology as well as management and research. In addition I intend to be much more stringent about monitoring attendance. There will be a register at each meeting which will be fed back. In addition I will send out assessment forms after each to maintain quality, the forms will need to be completed whether or not you attended and if not able to, reasons why. The reason for this is completely for your benefit as if it becomes evident that attendance is being restricted, I will very much fight in your corner to put pressure on Trusts to fix this.

If anyone has any thoughts or comments, please let me know.


March 26th - Training Day Salisbury - Coronary Intervention

The Salisbury Training day takes place on 26th March and is part of the regular SpR training programme. The focus is coronary intervention, but the day is open to all trainees.

The programme includes guest speaker Bob Gerber, from Eastbourne, who will educate us about renal denervation.

registration is from 9am, Education centre Level 5, Salisbury District Hospital.

Refreshments are provided.

Please do your best to attend.

Click to view the programme here

From Sam Fitzsimmons: Any issues? STC meeting shortly

The next Specialist Training Committee meeting is being held on the 2nd March 2012. Sam would like to know if other trainees have any issues that they would like addressed at this meeting.
Please let her know directly on sjgroves@hotmail.com. Any issues will be addressed anonymously.