Wessex Cardiology Trainees

Training Days 2014

Dear All,
I’ve tried my best to take on board the feedback I have received about the SpR training days both from individuals and also via the STC. My aim has been to go back to the style of days that we held when I first came to Wessex, ie once every 6 weeks or so, at the various hospitals around the region. They were a great opportunity to see the hospitals that you may not work in and get to meet the consultants. They were also a great opportunity to get to know the other SpRs from around the region. 

There was a general feeling that national meetings such as the cardio-renal should not be part of the training rota, however you will see that I have included the heart valve study day which is partly being organised by Benoy and looks like a really great day which will be relevant to all. In addition, for a national meeting it is fairly low cost. Please register ASAP. The BCS is compulsory so that is also included. 

I’ve not arranged a Jan meeting as you will all be starting in your new posts but I could arrange an evening get together if there is enough of you up for it (please email me – Dominic.Kelly@hhft.nhs.uk)

I hope you all understand that I can’t please everyone but if you have any comments, please feedback. I have also stressed the need for SpRs to be released from their clinical duties for training days and this has the full support of the STC. If you are having difficulties with obtaining study leave then please let me know and I will fight your corner! We will be keeping a register for attendance in 2014. Your ARCP requirements is 60% attendance for the year but please bear in mind that with nights, annual leave etc, this will be tight so you should be attending every day you can and not picking and choosing subjects.

May I remind the fellows that the majority of you are still pre CCST and hence this also applies to you as your certificate will be in General Cardiology.

Dominic Kelly

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