Wessex Cardiology Trainees

extra February Training Day

Dear all,

Ben Wiles has organised a training day at SGH on Monday 27th February. It will be focused on EP and sounds like it will be a good day - further details will follow. Please can everyone let their new trusts know as soon as possible to ensure that clinics etc are cancelled.

Look forward to seeing lots of you there!

Jonathan

Cardiac CT course

Dear all,

Sorry to fill your inboxes! Dr Shah has asked me to highlight this excellent opportunity to gain experience in cardiac CT to the level required for level 2 accreditation:


Dear All,

We will be hosting our 3rd Level II cardiac CT Academy in London from February 21-25th 2017. This is a non-profit making course and is available to cardiology and radiology trainees for £1500. This covers all course material, SCCT paperwork, log books and catering throughout the course along with a drinks reception and course dinner.
Dr Ronak Rajani MD FRCP FESC FSCCT BM
Consultant Cardiologist - Heart Failure/Imaging
R+D Lead - Cardiovascular Directorate
CRN Research Delivery Manager - Cardiovascular Services - South London
6th Floor, East Wing
St Thomas' Hospital
Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7EH


I should be grateful if you could circulate the below link to any colleagues/trainees that may be interested in learning cardiac CT.
The course assumes no prior knowledge and each delegate has access to their own workstation and a CT library of in excess of 500 cases.  Our webpage and details of how to register is as below.

Many thanks,
Best wishes,

Important info re ARCP changes and training days

Dear all,

In order to bring our ARCP process in line with the deanery standard there are going to be some changes to the ARCP process this year. There will be an online ARCP (without the trainee present) in June, feedback and further reviews if needed will take place after this. Each of us will also meet with a panel in September to discuss any particular training needs and next years hospital placement. Given that we will not be present at the ARCP it is important that all the relavent information is on the ePortfolio. So the most important part of this message is to remind everyone who rotates hospital in January that they need to get a supervisor report that covers the time between their last one and January.

The list of training days for next year is also taking shape:


Month
Date
Location
Topic

January


No training day due to rotation
February



March
Thursday 23rd


Tuesday 28th
UHS


Poole
ACHD Training Day – Aortic arch and common arterial trunk

South Coast Heart Failure Meeting
April



May



June
Monday 5th

(Thurs 15th)

Thursday 29th
Manchester



UHS
BCS National Training Day

(KBA)

ACHD Training Day – Functionally Univentricular  Hearts
July
Wednesday 19th
QAH
Arrhythmias, pacemakers and cardiac devices
August


No training due to junior rotations
September
Tuesday 26th
RCP
National Training Day
October



November
Thursday 9th
UHS
ACHD Training Day – Interatrial communications and VSDs
December




I will keep you updated with further dates to follow.

Thanks

Jonathan

Regional EP Training programme

Dear all, 

Ben Wiles has asked me to highlight this opportunity for anyone interested in EP:

Dr Senthil Kirubakaran, Consultant Electropysiologist at Queen Alexandra Hospital, is hoping to establish a regional EP training programme for the Wessex Deanery. This will be predominantly aimed at those who are sub specialising in EP, but more junior trainees with a particular interest in EP would also be encouraged to attend. Session will start in 2017 and there are likely to be 3 per year, rotating between Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth. All the sessions would be free to attend and would be separate from the core regional training days.
 
One of the first steps in establishing a teaching programme like this is to gauge interest and therefore produce a contact list of potential attendees.
 
If you would like to be on this list please send me the following details by e-mail:
 
-          Your name
-          E-mail address
-          Stage of training
-          Hospital allocation for 2017
 
Regards,
 
Ben Wiles
CRM Research Fellow at Southampton

 

EEGC registration

Dear all

I was hoping that my first post would be something vaguely exciting but...

The registration has now opened for registration for the EEGC (the new KBA) for all ST5 trainees, it is open until 24th of February and can be accessed via http://www.bcs.com/eegcregistration/default.asp. It costs £400 to register too!

More information on the new ARCP format to follow shortly..

Jonathan

SECMR

Dear all,

The excellent South East CMR meeting is being held again next Monday - 28th November - at Southampton. The speaker this time is Prof. Gerry McCann, who will be covering the assessment of aortic valve disease and diastology.

This is a great opportunity to hear from an international expert in the field, and also to enjoy a bit of free food and wine...

I would encourage anyone who hasn't already registered to do so using the link below - it is free to attend:  



Hope to see you all there.

BW

Paul

Housekeeping and a potentially interesting course...

Dear All,

I am nearly ready to officially handover responsibility for the blog and other training matters to Jonathan Hinton. Hopefully the transfer should be fairly seamless and use of the contact me link should allow you to get in touch with him with any issues.

There are several matters from the STC which Jonathan will update you with in the near future. A particularly important one is that everyone needs to ensure that they get a supervisors report for their current post prior to rotating in January. Future ARCPs will require reports from your educational supervisors to cover the whole period of your ST year (i.e. August - August for most). For pretty much everyone - unless you are staying in the same place - this will mean a report for September - January from your current supervisor AND a report from January - August from your supervisor at the time of the ARCP. I am highlighting this now so that people can make the necessary arrangements prior to Christmas...

Please also see this link http://www.ithams.com/wasp/  for details of a course on "Writing A Scientific Paper" which has been forwarded on to me by JP Carpenter, and may be of interest to some of you.

BW

Paul.

Trainee Survey - Final Call

Dear All,

Response rates for the survey are excellent - thank you to everyone that has taken the time to complete it.

For anyone who hasn't yet done so the link is below:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/P8WM5YG

The STC is on Friday morning and I hope to analyse the data prior to this on Thursday.

BW

Paul.

Portsmouth Training Day - Thursday 22nd September

For those attending on Thursday, the start time is 09:30 at the Marriott Hotel, Portsmouth.

BW

Paul.

Wessex Trainee Survey

Dear All,

I hope that everyone's ARCPs went well.

Please could I ask you to take the time to complete this short survey of local training.
Responses are anonymous and this is valuable data to take forward to the STC. Please take some time to complete the free text fields if you have any particular gripes or, indeed, if anything is particularly good.

In case the link above doesn't take you there I shall repeat it:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/P8WM5YG

The survey will be open until the 5th of October.

Please also remember to e-mail me if you are planning to attend the Portsmouth Training Day next week. So far I have had 9 respondents - the majority QAH trainees. It is difficult to argue for improvements in the training day programme if attendance rates remain poor.

BW

Paul.

Pulmonary Hypertension Training @ UHS - 18th October

Dear all,

You wait forever for training and then it all happens at once...

Dr Fitzsimmons has forwarded this on to me. Looks like a great programme on an interesting topic. Please see below for details. The agenda can be accessed by following the link below.

BW

Paul.

Dear Colleague

I am emailing to remind you if you have not already registered your interest,  we would be delighted if you would join us for to the Pulmonary Hypertension Conference – Thinking Outside The Box on the 18th October 2016 at University Hospital Southampton. Please find attached the flyer and programme.

The aim of this meeting is to explore those challenging cases, we have all experienced, that do not fit neatly into “a box” whether it by in their diagnosis or response to and use of advanced therapies. My hope is we can all share our experiences and learn from others for the care of our future patients.

Thank you to those who have agreed after little persuasion to present during the day to allow such an exciting programme.

I would like to offer this invitation to all those Specialists in PAH, clinicians, specialist nursing staff, physiologists and trainees with an interest in PAH, so please to forward this email to anyone you feel may wish to attend. Our numbers will be limited to lecture theatre space so please contact me early at Samantha.fitzsimmons@uhs.nhs.uk  if you are keen to attend.

I look forward to meeting you on the 18th Oct

Kindest Regards



Dr Samantha Fitzsimmons

Arrhythmia Alliance Update - Southampton, 15th September

Dear All,

Ben Wiles has brought this local meeting to my attention. As can be seen from the programme, the speakers are all local experts in their fields. It should be a good opportunity for some EP training if you can secure the time off (or if you will be on strike...).

The cost is only £15.00. If you are interested in attending then a registration form can be found here.

BW

Paul.

Portsmouth Training Day and other things

Dear All,

I await the programme for the Devices Training Day on 22nd September and will send out as soon as I have it. The venue will be the Marriott Hotel, Portsmouth - near QAH.

Please can I ask that you e-mail me if you intend to be there?

Also, please remember to check the ARCP decision guide prior to your ARCP to ensure that you have fulfilled your requirements for the year. Hopefully everyone will have, or be in the process of getting a supervisor's report signed off (other than new ST3s).

I will be sending out the local trainees' survey in the next few days. Please take the time to complete this if you can. I have had some feedback from Dr Paisey that the national training survey has raised concerns regarding regional teaching and also the general experience at Southampton. If anyone wishes to express any specific concerns to me with guaranteed anonymity then please e-mail me and I can address these at the next STC in October. I am aware that regional teaching has been somewhat haphazard this year and I have already fed this back.

BW

Paul.

Southampton Interventional Fellowship + September Training Day Reminder

Anyone intending to pursue a career as an interventional cardiologist may be interested to know that the Southampton Fellowship is now open for applications on NHS Jobs.

Please also remember that the September Training Day will be a devices session in Portsmouth on the 22nd - hopefully study leave will have been arranged.

BW

Paul.

ACHD Training Day

Dear All,

Registration for the upcoming ACHD day this Thursday has apparently been limited to only two SpRs. This has led to some concerns regarding trainee attendance at training days - particularly as this one has been advertised for some time...

Please see the message from John Paisey below:

A great deal of effort goes into coordinating the teaching program overall and study days in particular.
If people are planning on attending but have not registered that is a discourteous oversight, please register ASAP.
If so few people have organised to cancel commitments this puts the future of training days and by extension discretionary study leave at risk.


SpRs if there are genuine barriers to attending in your organisation please let me know (not individual circumstances e.g. 'I'm on nights' but systematic problems.)

If people would prefer to contact me directly with issues to be dealt with in a more anonymised way then please feel free to e-mail me.

BW

Paul.

Online IR(ME)R

Dear All,

Please see below for a link to an online resource, which those in the early stages of training may find useful. I am assured that this is all that is required to prove IR(ME)R certification at ARCP.



The e-LFH is an excellent resource, which can link straight into the e-portfolio and has a lot of modules in generic skills - well worth exploring to buff-up the portfolio...

BW

Paul.

BHVS TAVI Meeting

Hi All,

Benoy Shah has forwarded me details of this day on imaging in TAVI, to be held at King's College Hospital on 1st July. The flyer is attached here. It says that the cost is £100.00 but I am informed that it is now, in fact, free to attend. The details can be found on the BHVS website.

BW

Paul.

ACHD

Dear All,

The Southampton ACHD team are very excited to invite you to the next Southampton Congenital Cardiac Study Day on July 7th, which is part of their rolling two year curriculum.

The topic this time is Tetralogy of Fallot, and they will be covering everything you need to know, including morphology, imaging and longterm follow up.  There will be plenty of opportunity for interaction and discussion and presentation of clinical cases, with a live MDT. The programme is here.

This teaching day will be of interest to cardiologists and cardiology trainees, paediatricians with an interest in cardiology, congenital cardiology trainees, cardiac physiologists, nurses and GPs with special interest in cardiology.

Hot lunch will be provided.

The programme is attached.  To register, please e-mail bashir.alaour@uhs.nhs.uk, with the attached registration form.

Also, for those that feel their boat being floated by all of this, there are exciting opportunities for sub-speciality training available at Southampton. Both the Fellow post and the sub-speciality training post will be available from July this year. Informal enquiries can be made by e-mailing samantha.fitzsimmons@uhs.nhs.uk

Training Days

Dear All,

Good to see many of you at BCS - I hope that those who couldn't make it didn't suffer too much from their colleagues being away.

I have received word that the ever popular Devices training day at Portsmouth is to run on the 22nd September 2016 so please book the study leave ASAP. For those who have not attended before, it is a great opportunity to have some time on the programmers and get to grips with troubleshooting pacemakers and complex devices. It usually runs at the Marriott Hotel near QAH and the food is plentiful and excellent...

Formal programme to follow.

BW

Paul.

BJCA Second Rep Vote & Survey Final Call

Dear All,

Some time ago, 2 of your number put themselves forward for consideration for the role of the second BJCA Representative for Wessex - They are Tony Dimarco & Jonathan Hinton.

Personal Statements can be accessed by clicking on their names above.

Please vote for your preferred candidate by following the link below:

Vote for the 2nd BJCA Rep for Wessex

I have included an option to nominate another candidate should you wish.

Voting will be open until Friday 3rd June, allowing the successful candidate to be introduced to the BJCA council at the BCS.

Should anyone find themselves with some spare time today and hasn't yet completed the BJCA survey, can I please urge you to do so. Responses from Wessex are good at the moment but there are still fewer respondents than trainees - follow this link to the survey.

BW

Paul.

5th SECMR Meeting next Wednesday - 13th April @ SGH

Hi All,

Hopefully most of you will have had details of this meeting, having attended before. If so, I'm sure you will all have signed up as these meetings are always excellent and a really good opportunity to get educated about CMR.

This time round, Prof. Moon will be discussing T1 mapping - be assured, no one knows more about it than he does and this is a real opportunity to see a world renowned expert, in a relatively informal environment, with food and wine provided.

For anyone who hasn't registered, please follow this link to register via Eventbrite before Friday.

BW

Paul.

ACHD Study Day - 7th July @ SGH

Please see below for details of the next ACHD Study Day. 

The programme can be accessed here.

Please follow this link for the registration form.

BW

Paul.

Dear Colleagues

We are very excited to invite you to the next Southampton Congenital Cardiac Study Day on July 7th, which is part of our rolling two year curriculum. 

The topic this time is Tetralogy of Fallot, and we will be covering everything you need to know, including morphology, imaging and longterm follow up.  There will be plenty of opportunity for interaction and discussion and presentation of clinical cases, with a live MDT.

This teaching day will be of interest to cardiologists and cardiology trainees, paediatricians with an interest in cardiology, congenital cardiology trainees, cardiac physiologists, nurses and GPs with special interest in cardiology.

Hot lunch will be provided.

The programme is attached.  To register, please e-mail bashir.alaour@uhs.nhs.uk, with the attached registration form.

best wishes
Tara and Sam

BJCA Survey & BSH Survey for sub-speciality Heart Failure Trainees

Dear All,

Just another reminder to please complete the BJCA survey, which will be closing soon so that the results can be collated and presented to the STC at the BCS in Manchester.

If you have not already done so, can I please urge you to follow this link and take the survey? It really does only take 15 minutes.

For all those wise people who are at ST6 or 7, and have chosen heart failure as a sub-speciality, I'm afraid there is yet another survey on offer. This should help to significantly improve the curriculum in this area, which at the moment is sadly lacking in specifics. Please can I ask anyone to whom this applies to follow this separate link and complete the Heart Failure Survey.

BW

Paul.

Surveys & May Training Day

Dear All,

Apologies for the lack of recent activity on the blog, and also for now posting several things at once.

Firstly, I have not had any word on details for a training day for April and so it seems unlikely to be happening.

Secondly, please can I ask everyone to book their study leave for the May training day on the 17th. Please can everyone who intends to attend e-mail Dr Benoy Shah ASAP - otherwise there is a danger that the day will be cancelled due to a lack of interest expressed so far.

Thirdly, please note that the GMC survey opened today. Filling this out is an ARCP requirement and it's probably best to get it done sooner, rather than later so you can then forget about it - log in to MyGMC to complete it.

Finally, whilst you are in the survey completing mood, can I also ask that you make an effort to fill out the BJCA Survey - this is really useful for gauging the state of cardiology training nationally and seeing how things in Wessex compare with the rest of the country. If anyone has any specific comments or concerns, particularly regarding the latest curriculum updates, could they please e-mail me with them so that I can forward them on to the SAC.

Good to see many of you at the South Coast Heart Failure Day.

Happy Easter.

Paul.

BSCI "Core Training in Cardiovascular CT" - 24th February 2016

Dear All,

Jim Stirrup has asked me to forward on details of this meeting at the RSM. It promises to deliver what is required for "core competency" in cardiovascular CT in the current iteration of the cardiology curriculum.

Please follow this link for the flyer.

Apologies for the rather short notice but some of you may be able to arrange the necessary time off to attend.

BW

Paul.

2nd BJCA Rep - Reminder

Dear All,

Just a reminder that if you want to put yourself forward for the BJCA Rep role then I need a personal statement from you by midnight on Monday 1st February - 150 words max.

Please e-mail it to me.

BW

Paul.

8th BSH Heart Failure Day for Revalidation & Training - 3rd March 2016

Dear All,

I have been asked to publicise this very clinically relevant meeting more widely.

The programme can be accessed here - apart from featuring me, it otherwise looks excellent...

The venue is the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Glasgow, which has a rather bizarre hotel attached, offering reasonable rates for accommodation - see the link above.

Please also note that I have been informed by Shawn Morais that the National Training Day in Leeds is a re-run of the Training Day held in London in November - Therefore, if you attended that day, I would recommend registering for the GUCH day in Southampton instead on the 17th March.

BW

Paul.

Core Training in Echocardiography - 25-26th February, London

Dear All,

Please follow this link for a flyer for this course to be held in London on 25-26th February.

The programme can be accessed here.

I attended this in Nottingham a few years ago and did find it very helpful when preparing for the BSE exam. The rate is quite attractive at only £100 for BSE members.

Apologies to those of you who are now receiving 2 emails with the blog posts - please feel free to unsubscribe to one of them.

BW

Paul.

Training Days 2016

Dear All,

Please see the updated training day tab for some of this year's dates.

There is no meeting planned for February.

On 17th March there is both the National Training Day and a GUCH day at SGH - Attendence at the National Training Day is encouraged, but you may choose to attend the local meeting instead - either could be counted when calculating your attendence rate for the year.

The South Coast Heart Failure Meeting will again be taking place on the 22nd March - Obviously I think this is likely to be excellent, but I may be somewhat biased. Registration via Chris Boos ASAP is advised.

BW

Paul.

D'oh

So, apparently the e-mail auto delivery system is still working. 

Apologies for the confusion.

Please note that I have added the National Training Day on the 17th March 2016 in Leeds to the Training Day page of the blog. Register now via the BCS website and book your study leave...

BW

Paul.   

Post e-mail fail...

Dear All,

Unfortunately, the process by which the posts are automatically e-mailed out seems to have broken down.

I have tried several fixes, but it seems that a reboot is in order.

I'm afraid, therefore, that everyone will need to sign-up again using either this link, or by entering their e-mail address in the box on the right.

Please accept my apologies for this inconvenience.

BW

Paul.

Evening Meeting 27th January - CANCELLED!

Dear all,

I have just been informed that the meeting planned for next Wednesday has been cancelled at the last minute. This is apparently the result of a funding issue on the sponsor's part. 

There is likely to be a plan to reschedule and I will keep you all informed. Unfortunately you will need to make your own dinner arrangements... 

BW

Paul. 

2nd BJCA Rep

Dear All,

As you may know, James Rosengarten is now a fully fledged Consultant. As such, he is giving up the reins as BJCA Wessex Rep and all round Trainee Legend. I am sure you will all join me in thanking him for all his amazing work in this role over many years.

This now leaves a vacant position for a second Wessex Rep and I would like to invite expressions of interest. This should also allow for a handover period as I approach my own CCST later this year.

As before, could anyone interested in the role please e-mail me with a 150 word personal statement explaining why they feel they would be suitable. The deadline for expressing your interest will be 1st February 2016. If there are several candidates then I will put it out to a vote via this blog.

BW

Paul.    

Evening Meeting 27th January - Update

Dear All,

Hopefully you will have remembered that there is to be an evening meeting on Wednesday 27th January at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Eastleigh.

Richard Jones, Consultant at QAH, will be presenting on "Leadership Skills".

I would urge as many people as possible to attend this sponsored meeting - These sorts of things are beloved of consultant interview panels and the more exposure to them, the better.

Registration will be from 17:00 with anticipated start at 17:30. Dinner will be served afterwards at 20:00. Even if you think you may be a bit late then I would advise you to come - No need to pre-register.

BW

Paul.

EEGC (KBA) - Registration Now Open

Dear All,

Please be advised that registration for this year's European Exam in General Cardiology (formally the KBA) is now open for all of you at ST5.

Follow this link to register before the closing date of Friday 26th February.

The date of the exam is Thursday 16th June 2016 - so book the day off now if you need it.

I trust that everyone is settling in to their new posts and has had more success in acquiring ID badges and parking than I have at Portsmouth...

As soon as the dates for this years training days are available I will let you all know.

BW

Paul.