Wessex Cardiology Trainees

BJCA survey, second BJCA rep and Training days

Dear all,

Hopefully you will have had an email from the BJCA about their survey. I would really encourage you to fill it in, it doesn't take more than 10 minutes and it helps to drive improvements to our training at both the local and national level.

Now Paul has taken a consultant job (and we wish him all the best!) and there are meant to be two BJCA reps Ben Wiles has kindly offered to join me as the other BJCA rep. He will be attending the next STC meeting and we will let you know any updates after this!

Also I have put all of the training day dates and venues on the training days part of the blog.



Dear All,

Now that I have taken up my Consultant post, I will be relinquishing all of my previous duties.

Jonathan is already doing a superior job with the blog etc. and I wish him well for the future.

There is an opportunity for someone to take on a representative role to the British Society for Heart Failure's trainee committee. This involves very little work but is valuable in helping to steer the direction of future heart failure training in the UK. There is a real desire to update the curriculum and this group has, thus far, been influential in this process.

It would suit someone ST5 or above either in sub-speciality HF training or planning to enter it. There are twice yearly meetings at the BSH training days in Feb and November.

If anyone is interested then please e-mail me.

Good luck to everyone in their future training - if I can be of help with advice in the future then please don't hesitate to get in touch.



Southampton Training day

Dear all,

Ben has arranged what looks like a great program for the first training day of the year on the 27th Feb at Southampton. Click here for the program.


Sponsored evening dinner and Q&A session with the new TPD

Dear all,

Sorry to bombard your inboxes!

Tina-Marie (Daiichi-Sankyo - makers of Edoxaban) has kindly agreed to sponsor a wessex cardiology trainee evening dinner with a talk by the new training program director John Paisey. It will be on the 14th of March at the Green Man in Winchester at 1930. There will be dinner and an informal talk with Q & A by the new TPD about training in the region. This should be a great chance to catch up with others in the deanery over dinner and to gain insight into the direction of training in Wessex. In order to sign up please email me jwh20485@gmail.com - there will be a limit to the number of places so I will allocate them on a 'first come first served basis!' Please also think about any particular questions that you would like to ask John Paisey.

Look forward to seeing lots of you there!

ACHD training day - aortic arch and common arterial trunk

Dear all

The Southampton ACHD team are very excited to invite you to the next Southampton Congenital Cardiac Study Day on March 23rd, which is part of their rolling two year curriculum.

The topic this time is Aortic arch and common arterial trunk, and they will be covering everything you need to know!

To register, please e-mail samantha.fitzsimmons@uhs.nhs.uk

Core knowledge in heart valve disease day

Dear all,

This is an excellent course run by the British Heart Valve Society which gives a really good overview of the management of valvular heart disease. It is £70 for non members and £50 for members. The course details are below. My experience is that this often fills up quite quickly..

Core Knowledge in Heart Valve Disease
Tuesday 11th April 2017
Paul Wood Lecture Theatre
National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI)
Imperial College - Royal Brompton Campus
Dovehouse Street, London SW3 6LY

Members Fee: £50, Non-members Fee: £70
Accreditation: 6 category 1 (external) CPD credits,
6 BHVS points, 2 BSE re-accreditation points
08:30 – 09:00 Registration 
09:00 – 09:30 Introduction: The Epidemiology of Valvular Heart Disease
09:30 – 10:30 Aortic Stenosis: Clinical assessment / echocardiography / grading severity
Difficult cases – low-flow low gradient AS, AS with severe MR, etc
10:30 – 11:00 Aortic Regurgitation: Clinical assessment / echocardiography / grading severity
Difficult cases – AR with dilated aortic root, AR in Marfan’s, bicuspid Ao
11:00 – 11:20 Coffee  break
11:20 – 12:00 Prosthetic Heart Valves
12:00  – 12:30 Surgical Considerations in Valve Disease:
Choice of prosthetic heart valve. Timing of surgery.
Repair versus replacement?
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch 
13:30 – 14:00 Mitral Stenosis:
Clinical assessment / echocardiography / grading severity
Determining the suitability for balloon commisurotomy
14:00 – 15:00 Mitral Regurgitation:
Clinical assessment / echocardiography / grading severity
Challenging cases – Ischaemic MR, functional MR in DCM etc
15:00 – 15:20 Coffee break
15:20 – 16:00 Infective Endocarditis:
Epidemiology, risk factors, antibiotic prophylaxis, timing of surgery
16:00 – 16:30 Right Heart Valve Disease

To register please visit our website via the following link:


Clinical leadership excellence training

Dear all,

I have been given the details of this leadership course which looks like an excellent opportunity to develop this skill and for CV/portfolio use! There is also a price reduction for early places:

Clinical Leadership Excellence
For Latter Year Trainees & Consultants


There's so much focus on generic leadership skills that it is all too frequently forgotten that the primary application is in the clinical arena. This programme focuses very specifically on the building of intelligent leadership approaches and then applying them to the clinical context. The day as a whole is packed with insight built up into robust models and frameworks, practically applied in cases and clinical scenarios. Expect to be stretched but more importantly to gain a real depth in leadership capability in a modern form. Times are tough and this course is designed to help you lead clinically effective services in tough times but in a calm, steady-handed manner. We also live in an era of Duty of Candour and heightened visibility or inspection. Uniquely, this programme deals with these types of issues specifically, including such areas as culture around candour and preparation for inspections by the CQC etc. It's very comprehensive.

Benefits & Objectives

·         Look at leadership through the clinical lens to better understand it
·         Discover how leadership impacts performance, safety, quality and experience
·         Identify the core principles of clinical leadership effectiveness
·         Adopt highly practical application frameworks to ensure your effectiveness
·         Discover common leadership pitfalls and how to avoid them
·         Learn how to lead people with far greater ease
·         Learn how to get exceptional clinical performance, consistently
·         Ensure quality & safety are delivered, protected and recovered where necessary


·         Understanding the nature of leadership challenges today
·         The changing healthcare context and its impact on clinical medicine
·         The role of leaders at the clinical service level
·         Understanding leadership versus management
·         What do these differences mean practically in the clinical space?
·         Clinical versus service leadership
·         Critical effects of leadership ineffectiveness in clinical medicine
·         The Leadership Potency Model
·         Understanding the role and application of the components of potency
·         Learning from Ebola - a leadership potency failure
·         Leadership lessons from Francis & Mid Staffordshire
·         Changing leadership to change healthcare
·         The leader as catalyst
·         Transformational leadership
·         Distributed leadership
·         Applying the model in the clinical arena
·         Understanding behaviour, influence & impact
·         Culture and how it influences clinical effectiveness
·         Leadership in an era of Duty of Candour
·         The appropriate leadership response when things go wrong
·         Critical lessons from the Korean Airline example
·         Leadership in an era of visibility and inspection
·         Approaching CQC inspection from a leadership perspective
·         Motivational climate and ensuring effective drive
·         Leading clinical & service improvement
·         Leadership style and approach - how to develop flexibility
·         6 Core Components of Effective Leadership (an application model)
·         Understanding each component
·         Applying each component in different practical scenarios
·         Leadership when things aren't going so well

Dates & Locations

·         Tuesday 25th April 2017, Central London (3 places still available at £195 + VAT)

Price Information

Our Easyjet-style pricing means places start at £175 + VAT for the first 5 places, step to £195 + VAT for the next block and then revert to the normal price of £245 + VAT.  It's not time-related, it's 'places available at' and so it pays to book swiftly to secure one of the lower price places.
This means that you get the best price available by booking early but it does require payment at the time of booking, as the place is attached to you and that denies someone else the chance. In the event study leave is declined, refunds are issued according to standard terms & conditions.

Additional Information
  • 6 CPD Points (Attended Programme)
  • Certificate of Attendance Issued

Booking Information

Bookings can be made by visiting our Medmeetings site ~

Or by contacting Martin Grattan ~ martin@academyst.co.uk / phone (01332) 418150

Office is open Monday - Friday from 09:00 – 17:00. 


More Information

All of our open courses are listed on our Medmeetings site https://www.medmeetings.co.uk/training/all

Our eLearning courses are available on our eMedicus site https://emedicus.co.uk/courses