Wessex Cardiology Trainees

Evening event in January

Dear all

Just a quick message to let everyone know about our first evening event of 2019. We are going to run an evening on how to pass the EEGC. John Paisey, who is involved in the question setting for the exam will be coming along to share some tips and EEGC style questions. It is on the 7th of January at Mango in Southampton (Portswood). Bayer are sponsoring the event. If you would like to sign up please email me.

Look forward to seeing lots of you at the cases evening next week (we are full but if you'd like to be put on a last minute waiting list to come if someone pulls out, please email Simon)



EP research opportunity, Level 2 cardiac CT course & cases evening

Dear all

Just a few quick updates:

  • Research Fellow in Electrophysiology, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust : University Hospital Southampton are looking for an EP Research Fellow to join their Cardiac Rhythm Management Research Team. The post is fully funded for two years (industry funding secured) and would suit an enthusiastic individual with an interest in electrophysiology, cardiac ablation or electroanatomical mapping. Full ethical approval has already been obtained for original research studies in both VT and AF ablation and the post would be suitable for somebody hoping to complete a University Doctorate. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Waqas Ullah, Consultant Electrophysiologist by e-mail:waqas.ullah@uhs.nhs.uk

  • Cardiac CT level 2 course in Dublin: This course has been highlighted to us - a level 2 cardiac CT course at a fraction of the usual cost - click here for further info

  • The next evening event is fast approaching - 27th of November in Winchester. An opportunity for us all to share interesting cases over dinner and potentially win a prize. If you would like to come please email Simon with a one line case summary.

Updates: EP date change, Cases evening, 2019 training days and others...

Dear all

Just a few quick updates/reminders:

  • Ben Wiles has asked us to highlight that the EP training event has had to change dates in order to include a live epicardial ablation case. It is now on Weds 28th of November. Please email Ben for more details and to sign up
  • The cases evening is fast approaching on the 27th of November in Winchester. The deadline for brief case descriptions is the 31st of October. There will be a prize for the winner. Please email Simon your cases
  • Hayley Allen has highlighted a couple of Bayer events that are coming up if anyone is interested email her - Poole 25th October, Winchester 6th November
  • We have updated the training day section of the blog for 2019 - please check the dates and let your trusts know now
  • Finally thanks once again to everyone who completed our survey - you should now have had a copy of the presentation that resulted from this to your emails. If you have any queries about this please get in touch

EP Sub-specialty Training and reminders

Dear all

Just a reminder that the Poole training day on nuclear cardiology (a good chance to get something on this for your portfolio) is on the 10th of October - email Hannah to sign up. Also don't forget to get your cases in for the first Wessex cases evening on the 27th of November - it's an excellent opportunity to share interesting cases but also to potentially win a regional prize...  Email Simon to sign up with a brief abstract of your case.

Ben has kindly arranged some EP training for anyone who is interested. It looks like it should be an excellent afternoon. Please see his message below:

The next Wessex EP Subspecialty Training Day will take place on Wednesday November 21st 2018 and will be held at Bournemouth Hospital. Excitingly the team at Bournemouth have arranged a ‘wet lab’ session and as a result things are going to run in a slightly different format from previous EP subspecialty days. The training will actually be in the afternoon / evening and will include both some ‘wet lab’ experience, and a possible live case.

Delegates will be asked to get to Bournemouth for a 1pm start with training then running until around 6:30pm. Delegates will also then be invited to head out for dinner once the training is complete. The entire event is sponsored by Biosense Webster and is therefore provided free of charge.

If you would like to attend please e-mail benedict.wiles@uhs.nhs.uk to reserve a place. Please also feel free to forward this to any colleagues who may be interested.

Training day on Tuesday

Dear all

Just a quick reminder that the effective communication and presentation skills is on Tuesday at Chilworth Manor with registration from 0930. Thanks to all those who signed up, there are still spaces for those who are able to come.

Look forward to seeing you all then


Hampshire Heart Failure Meeting - 11th September

Dear all

Hayley has highlighted that the next Hampshire Heart Failure meeting is in the evening of the 11th of September at the Green Man in Winchester - click here to see the program. If you would like to go please email Lynda.


September Training days and evening event

Dear all

We haven't had many people sign up for the next training day on the 4th of September - this should be a useful day on communication and presentation skills - click here for more details. Please sign up by emailing me - jwh20485@gmail.com

Secondly there are a few spaces left for the evening event on leadership on the 17th of September - please email me to sign up



Core Knowledge in Heart Valve Disease and BHVS conference

Dear all

The British Heart Valve Society's annual Core Knowledge in Heart Valve disease and Annual Conference are on the 20 & 21st of September respectively. Having been on the Core Knowledge Course I can highly recommend it, it is an excellent day covering this key area. They have also arranged a highly distinguished faculty. The Annual conference this year focuses on Decision Making in Aortic Valve disease and looks like it should be a really useful day guiding us through real-life scenarios and how decisions are made.

This event is in Birmingham, if you would like to get more information and register please click here


September evening sign up and Important ACHD training information for ST3 & 4 trainees

Dear all

I can now confirm that the evening event on the 17th of September on leadership in the NHS will be at the Green Man in Winchester. As a reminder: Dr Derek Sandeman (Medical Director @ UHS) has agreed to come and talk to us on his role and leadership in the NHS. This should be a really excellent evening  and I will provide certificates so that you can link it with those harder to cover areas of the portfolio! Please email me jwh20485@gmail.com to secure your place soon as spaces are limited for this one!

From August anyone who is an ST3 or ST4 and is not based in UHS will need to arrange a one week taster session in ACHD. This will be an expected outcome at ARCP for each of these years. You will be supernumerary so it should be a good opportunity to get to grips with and have a taste of ACHD early in your training. 



September Training days and evening events this Autumn

Dear all

Just a quick reminder that there are two training days in September:

  • Effective communication and presentation skills - 4th September at Chilworth Manor. This should be an excellent day with an external company providing training on these key skills. Registration will be from 0930 - please email me to sign up jwh20485@gmail.com
  • BCS National Training day - 25th of September at the Royal College of Physicians - this is always a really helpful day - please note that the price has gone up this year but the changes to the study budget should cover this - please click here to sign up

I am also delighted to say we have two excellent evening events lined up for the Autumn:

  • Evening on leadership in the NHS: Dr Derek Sandeman (Medical Director @ UHS) has agreed to come and talk to us on his role and leadership in the NHS. This should be a really excellent evening (with dinner!) and I will provide certificates so that you can link it with those harder to cover areas of the portfolio! It will be on the 17th September in Winchester - venue to be confirmed shortly... Please put it in your diaries now
  • Wessex cases evening: Hannah and Simon have come up with this excellent idea. The evening will involve everyone sharing short educational cases over dinner at the Ghandi restaurant on the 27th of November. There will be an award for the best presentation so get thinking about potential cases now and put it in your diary now!

I will send out an email soon asking for people to sign up to these evening events!


Training days, rotation planning meeting survey and other news

Dear all

Hope you have enjoyed the sunny weekend! Just a few updates:

Firstly we have only had a handful of people sign up to the Portsmouth Training day (the 18th July), I have no doubt that it will be an excellent day so do come along - please could you email me soon to let me know if you are coming - jwh20485@gmail.com. On the subject of training days the dates for the rest of this calendar year are all on the training day section of the blog - these should be good so get them in your diary and let your teams know so that you can have the study leave! If there are any problems accessing study leave to attend training days please let me know.

Secondly a reminder of an important date - the rotation planning meetings are on the 14th of September - if you want a job in Wessex from January you must attend these. The timetable for these will be released in due course.

We have now put together the Wessex survey for this year. I appreciate that you are bombarded with surveys but we would be really grateful if you could complete this. It really doesn't take long and is designed to highlight any issues so that when we meet at the STC in October we can raise them . Your views really are important and either help maintain the status quo or give us the mandate to drive for change. Click here to go through to the survey. If there are another other issues that you would like to raise please also email me!

We have put together another part of the website with ideas for study leave including some of the specialist clinics that are available in the deanery.This list is by no means exhaustive and if you have any contacts or ideas that you think would be helpful to share please email me!

Finally Ben Wiles has asked me to highlight that he is fundraising for sponsorship for his flights to South Africa where he will be helping with Echo in Africa this autumn - if you would like to read more about the excellent work this charity do or might be interested in the future, click here. If you would like to sponsor him please follow this link 

Sorry for the long email!


Dear All,

Hello as the new trainee rep!  Two updates:

1.  The next training day is the Portsmouth Arrhythmias and Devices training day on the 18th July at the Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth.  If you are planning to attend please email Jonathan jwh20485@gmail.com 

 The provisional program is as follows (although subject to change):

0930      Introduction                                                             
0935      SVTs and Arrhythmia mechanisms                        
1015      Arrhythmias and ECGs                                            
1045      Coffee
1100      Atrial Fibrillation                                                   
1130      Syncope                                                                  
1200      Arrhythmia Cases                                                   
1230      Lunch
1330      Afternoon                                                                   
                  Pacemaker / Devices
1500      Coffee
1530      Pacemaker / Devices                                             

1600      Finish

2.  Another date for your diary - the first imaging training day is provisionally booked for the 10th October 2018.  This will be a Nuclear Medicine training day at Poole.  

Good luck to everyone doing the EEGC on Thursday...



New Trainee Representative

Dear All,

Hannah Sinclair has been elected as your new trainee representative. I'm sure she will be absolutely great in the role. Good luck to her, and to all of you, for the remainder of your training.

That's all from me.

Kind Regards,

Hi all

Just a quick reminder that we are planning an evening meal on the Monday of BCS - if you would like to come message me your number and I'll add you to the group - jwh20485@gmail.com. Look forward to seeing lots of you then!


Basingstoke training day feedback

Dear all

The team that put on the Basingstoke Training day would be grateful if anyone who attended could fill in this brief survey! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BJJ8KXH
Whilst I appreciate that there are lots of surveys these help the team to know what worked and how to make things even better!



BCS national training day date correction

Dear all

Just a quick message to say that the date on the training day part of the website for the BCS national training day as part of the national conference is incorrect. This had said that it was Tuesday the 5th but this should be Monday the 4th. I have now corrected this on the page and apologise for any issues this has caused.



Trainee Rep Election

Dear All,

Two candidates have put themselves forward to replace me as Wessex Trainee Rep / BJCA Council representative. Both should be applauded for their enthusiasm. It is up to you to decide who is elected.

Please read the statements of both candidates, which are reproduced in alphabetical order below. You then need to send me an e-mail with your chosen candidate's name in the subject line. The deadline for votes is 9am on Wednesday 30th May 2018. My email address is benedict.wiles@uhs.nhs.uk and you must e-mail me from your work address. Only current NTN holders may vote.

Good luck to both candidates.



Candidate 1: Dr Thomas Gilpin

I am a driven, articulate and enthusiastic individual who thrives on interactions clinically, academically and socially with colleagues of all levels. I strongly believe that a tightly knit cohort of trainees with accessible and approachable peer representation can drive education and the future of Wessex cardiology training forward.

As the Royal College of Physicians Associate Tutor at Queen Alexandra Hospital for the academic year August 2016 to August 2017 (CT2) I have invaluable first hand experience of providing representation at a local and national level to a high number of trainees. I was responsible for organising a yearlong teaching program with two colleagues consisting of weekly sessions delivered by consultants in a variety of medical specialties. I was also responsible for organising comprehensive PACES teaching prior to each diet of the examination.

This built upon my experience as the mess president for the district general hospital during my Foundation Year 1. This involved a range of roles supporting doctors of all training grades, securing funding to improve information technology facilities and educational equipment in the mess. Organisational responsibilities included lunchtime meetings from trade unions and financial advisory companies and the all-important regular social events!

I am grateful for your consideration of my application for this crucial role within the deanery. If successful I will serve each and every individual trainee with focus and determination to improve their ongoing education and experience of working within this dynamic speciality.

Candidate 2: Dr Hannah Sinclair

Reasons I would be a good local representative

I have been a trainee in Wessex for many years now and know the Deanery very well.  I have spent some of my training working less than full time (LTFT), which has given me a good insight into the challenges that can be faced by LTFT trainees.  Most importantly I think I am an approachable person who would therefore represent the views of local trainees well.

What I would like to do

  • My subspecialty interest is imaging and I feel that access to training in this curriculum area, particularly in the early years of training, is challenging.  One idea is to explore the feasibility of a local level 1 equivalent training day in cardiac CT and/or cardiac MRI
  • BSE accreditation in echo is compulsory and support to achieve this can be inconsistent across the region.  I would like to look at ways that this could be improved on both a regional basis and locally within individual Trusts.
  • Offer advice to trainees working/considering LTFT.
  • Evening events this year have been fantastic, not only for providing additional education and support but also for strengthening links between Wessex registrars.  I would like to help continue this.  Ideas include an evening of short informal summaries from registrars about working in the various hospitals in Wessex, hearing about specific fellowships in the region and maybe even a Christmas quiz.

Reminder: Basingstoke Training day on Wednesday!

Dear all

Just a quick reminder that the Basingstoke Training day is on Wednesday. Thanks to all those who have signed up, there is still space so you are welcome/encouraged just to turn up! Its starts at 0800 in the ARK conference center (which is on the hospital site), you can see the program by clicking here



Bournemouth Heart failure, imaging and inherited cardiac conditions fellowship, Aortopathy & pregnancy course and July ACHD training day

Dear all

1. Dr Critoph at Bournemouth has passed this message onto us about the heart failure, imaging and inherited cardiac conditions fellowship. This looks like an excellent opportunity:

This post will shortly be advertised to cardiology registrars who are in at least their ST5 year of training.  This offers the rare opportunity for regular training in cardiac CT, cardiac MRI, transoesophageal echocardiography, inherited cardiac disease and stress echocardiography.  Job commitments include a weekly heart failure clinic, regular transthoracic echocardiography lists and organising the bimonthly inherited cardiac disease MDT.

In advance of advertisement, any enquiries or for further information please contact Dr Chris Critoph - chris.critoph@rbch.nhs.uk

Hannah Sinclair is the current fellow who would also be happy to answer any questions about the job - hannahksinclair@gmail.com

2. Tony has also highlighted an afternoon course on Aortopathy with a particular focus on pregnancy in London on May the 23rd, it looks like an excellent program and it's free - follow this link to sign up

3. Finally unfortunately the ACHD training day in July has been cancelled. The next ACHD training day will now be the 18th of October - inter-atrial and ventricular communications

Have a great weekend!


Election Fever

Dear All,

1) The deadline for applications for the BJCA Council / Wessex Trainee Rep position is next Wednesday at 5pm. Statements to me by e-mail please.

2) BCS are also currently running their elections. Can everyone who is a BCS member please ensure that they exercise their democratic right to have a say in who is elected to senior positions in our society. Vote for whoever you like, but make sure you vote! Wessex has a long tradition of having Consultants elected to senior positions in BCS and once again we have local candidates running, who you may or may not wish to vote for. To vote you need to follow the instructions in an email you should have received from onlinevoting@electoralreform.co.uk



EP Research at UHS (+ a few other things)

Dear All

EP Research at UHS
Dr Waqas Ullah, Consultant Electrophysiologist at University Hospital Southampton, is looking to meet with anyone who might be interested in undertaking a period of dedicated research in EP. He is leading on two projects which are about to commence, and is looking for an enthusiastic Fellow to join our excellent Research Department. The projects, which relate to complex arrhythmia mapping, are both at an advanced stage in terms of planning and preparation. This therefore represents an excellent opportunity for anyone who is interested. The work would be suitable for submission for a University MD (Res) and is high likely to generate peer review publications. Please contact Waqas directly to discuss this with him.

Trainee Rep
A quick reminder for anyone who wants to be considered for the post of Wessex Trainee Rep, the deadline for personal statements is 5pm on Wednesday 16th May. These need to come to me by e-mail.

Evening Meetings
We had an excellent meal last night at The Chesil Rectory in Winchester, which is apparently the third most romantic restaurant in the UK! Thank you to Dr Jason Glover for speaking and also to our generous sponsors.

Jonathan and I (or perhaps my replacement) will definitely be organising future evening events. To date we think that these have been a successful venture and very much hope that you all agree. We would however happily receive any feedback you might have about them. Don't forget they are arranged for your benefit.

To date we have tried to combine education with good food and the opportunity to socialise with your fellow trainees. We have also consistently tried to select a mid deanery location. Is this the right approach? Let us know. Also, if you have a great idea for a future evening event that you would like us to explore, then please get in touch. 

On the topic of evening events can I also please ask everyone to remember that if you sign up to attend an evening meeting which you are then unable to attend, it is important that you contact the event organiser so they can rearrange the catering arrangements. Simply not turning up is unprofessional and reflects poorly on us all.

Finally Rob Adam has asked us to remind you that he and Simon Claridge have both been invited to speak at an industry event which is being held locally in a couple of weeks time (24th May in Romsey). You are all invited to this and should contact Rob directly for more information.

See you all at the Basingstoke training day.



Portsmouth heart failure fellowship and a reminder to sign up for Basingstoke training day

Dear all

Dr Morton has highlighted that applications are now open for the Portsmouth Heart Failure Fellowship. The closing date is the 15th of May - the advert is on NHS jobs via this link

Also a quick reminder to sign up for the Basingstoke training day on the 16th of May - email me jwh20485@gmail.com



Basingstoke training day and thank yous!

Dear all

I have been sent the program for the Basingstoke training day which looks like it should be excellent. It is on Wednesday the 16th of May. Click here to see the program. Please email me to sign up - jwh20485@gmail.com.

Also following Ben's message I just wanted to say a big thank you to both Ben and Tony. Their hard work has been invaluable and they will be missed as they move onto new pastures! I would of course also be happy to discuss the role with anyone who is interested and I can strongly recommend it!


Trainee Rep & BJCA Council Election

Dear Trainees,
I am sure that most of you are already aware that Jonathan Hinton and I have spent the last couple of years acting as your trainee representatives. You are probably less familiar with what we actually do. We basically have three responsibilities;
  • Local Representation - We attend all the Specialty Training Committee (STC) meetings, (including the Autumn meeting where we present the results of the annual trainee survey). At the STC we are able to represent your views to the Training Programme Director, the deanery staff and the deanery wide consultant body. The STC are responsible for everything to do with your training. We are therefore able to provide a trainee voice on wide ranging issues such as interviews, job allocations, ARCPs, study leave, moving expenses and out of programme experiences.

  • Improve Local Training - We continuously endeavour to improve all aspects of cardiology training in Wessex. Over the last twelve months we have made significant efforts to improve the regional training days and to provide entertaining evening meetings. We have been extremely fortunate to have been fantastically supported throughout our tenure by Dr Tony Dimarco, who has taken responsibility as a training days coordinator, and excelled in this position. Tony, who is in his final year, will shortly be unable to continue in this role and we thank him tremendously for his help.  

  • National Body Representation - The BJCA provide two Council positions for each region's training representatives. We therefore sit on the BJCA Council, attend the BJCA Annual General Meeting on your behalf and throughout the year provide communication to you all from the BJCA.
So why am I sharing this information with you?
Because I have decided to step down from my position, which means it is time to elect my replacement. Although I have very much enjoyed being a local trainee rep, I have recently taken on positions of responsibility with both the British Heart Rhythm Society and the British Cardiovascular Society, demanding roles which I will have to juggle with writing up my PhD and returning to clinical work.

This is also an excellent time to elect a new trainee representative as it will give the new incumbent a couple of years working together with Jonathan, benefitting from his experience. This is definitely preferable to electing two representatives down the line (when Jonathan and I finish our training together) a point which was recently highlighted to us by the STC.

Finally, as Tony is stepping down, we would like to try and incorporate his role with that of the two training representatives, so it makes even more sense to hold an election now. This will ensure that the person who takes on training day organisation benefits from one of the BJCA positions which we are allowed to have, removing this disparity from the current set up.

Tony and I will also be available to help the new representative. Tony has offered his support up until his CCT whilst I intend to continue to help in several aspects with training in Wessex, including organisation of the subspeciality EP training days.

So what now?
Well you need to decide if you want to considered for election and then whether or not you are eligible (criteria below). If you are both keen and eligible you will need to write a statement (maximum 250 words) and send it to benedict.wiles@uhs.nhs.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 16th May

If we have more than one applicant we will hold an election and your statement will be sent out to all NTN holders by e-mail and everyone will have 14 days to cast their vote. The winner will then be announced prior to BCS, with the winner able to attend the BCS Council meeting at the 2018 conference; their first job in the new role!

Eligibility Criteria
1. You currently have a Cardiology NTN in Wessex.

2. You intend to continue as a Wessex cardiology trainee throughout the three year period from June 2018 to June 2021. During this period you can of course be out of programme for any reason at all (including maternity leave or career break). You can also be a less than full time trainee. However, trainees who intend to relocate during this three year period (i.e. undertake research in another deanery) should recognise that this position involves significant time spent in the geographical area of Wessex (attending meetings, training days and evening events) and should consider this prior to application.

3. Permission of the Training Programme Director (Dr John Paisey) - this is to prevent trainees who may currently be struggling to meet their training requirements from over burdening themselves with an extra curricular role. You do not however need to seek this permission yourself. Just be aware that Dr Paisey will review the submitted personal statements prior to an election taking place.

Good luck everyone! I hope you will all give strong consideration to taking this opportunity. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Jonathan or I if you have any questions at all.

Kind Regards,

Ben Wiles

Evening events in May

Dear all

There is still time to sign up to two excellent evening events in May, both of which will involve a nice dinner out and some education:

2nd May: Chesil Rectory (Winchester) - ACS and antithrombotic therapy - sponsored by Bayer - Arrivals from 1900 - email ellie.draper@bayer.com to sign up

24th May (please not date changed): White Horse (Romsey) - DFT and CardioMems Introduction - Sponsored by Abbott - email rob.adam@uhs.nhs.uk for more information and to sign up

BCS conference and a BJCA recommended course

Dear all

Ben has highlighted that I put the incorrect dates in my last post for the BCS conference. The dates are 4th-6th June. It would be great to see lots of you there. We will plan a Wessex SPR dinner on the Monday evening (no reps!), so if you would like to be included - send me your number (jwh20485@gmail.com) and I will add you to a BCS watts app group.

Also the BJCA have asked us to highlight this advanced echo course to you:
  • Advanced Echocardiography with Mayo Clinic faculty, 11-12 June 2018, Norton House Hotel, near Edinburgh

You can find more details by clicking this link:



Upcoming training days

Dear all,

Just a reminder to sign up for the upcoming AHCD training day. It is on April the 19th at Southampton on abnormalities of left heart inflow. There is a £20 charge for catering and if you would like to come you need to register with Sharon.

There is also the South Coast Heart Failure meeting on the 24th of April - sign up required and the Basingstoke training day on the 16th of May - topic to be confirmed. It would also be great to see lots of you at BCS 5-7th June!

EP Subspecialty Training

Dear All,

Following on from last year’s successful training programme, we have decided that the 2018 Wessex EP Subspecialty Training Days will follow a similar pattern to last year. This means there will be a total of three training days, with the location moving between Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Southampton. The first training day is now confirmed as follows:

*** SVT Ablation:  Wednesday 13th June, Portsmouth Marriot Hotel ***

All of the training days are being kindly supported by Boston Scientific, which means they are free to attend and that lunch / refreshments will be provided.

I will share the Bournemouth (AF/AT) and Southampton (VT / SCD) training dates when they are confirmed. Please feel free to forward this to any colleagues who may be interested. Apologies to those of you who may have received this twice as I have sent it out on both the 'EP interested e-mail list' and also on this blog, to ensure everyone is aware of these training days. 

Kind Regards,


Upcoming Pacing and Transseptal Courses

The BJCA have asked us to share these two courses with you:

1) Liverpool Hands On Cardiac Pacing Course - 18th/19th June 2018

2) Harefield Transseptal Course - 20th July 2018



STC meeting information

Dear all

Just a quick update regarding following the STC meeting regarding the ARCP process this year:

1.eARCPs will be on the 15th of June (you do not need to attend). The requirements for a successful ARCP (which need to be uploaded before the end of May) are listed here:

  • completion of the JRCPTB requirements for stage of training which can be found via; ARCP decision aid and the guidance on WPBAs
  • It is important to have a supervisors report for each of your placements since your last ARCP
  • Specific requirements in addition to these for Wessex are; training day attendance log, an MSF each year and progress towards BSE accreditation
  • Log book and CV
In line with national guidance it is likely that the ARCP process will become stricter and therefore it is important to spread your WPBAs throughout the year as if they are clustered towards the end of the year it may result in an unsatisfactory ARCP outcome.

2. Feedback appointments (ie if you don't pass the eARCP - which you MUST attend) and PYAs are on the 2nd of July - make sure you are available for this now

3. Rotation planning meetings will be on the 14th of September - you MUST also attend these if you want a job in Wessex the following year - make sure you are available for this now

Finally congratulations to our colleague, Dr Ben Wiles on winning the best case presentation in the EHRA Young EP Clinical cases session - I was not there but I hear that his presentation was excellent even if he did ask Dr Brugada to join him on a business venture! 

May evening events

Dear all

Rob and Simon are kindly in the process of arranging an evening event for the 17th of May in Romsey where they will talk on DFT optimisation and the cardioMEMs system. In order to gauge interest please could you email Rob if you are interested.

Also there are still spaces at the evening event on the 2nd of May at the Chesil Rectory - please see here for more details and email Ellie to sign up



Imaging training day Monday 26th of March

Dear all

Just a quick reminder that the cardiovascular imaging training day is this Monday (26th March). It will be held at the Heartbeat center at Southampton.  It looks like an interesting program focusing on the use of CT. The start time is 1000 and you can see the program here. There is no need to pre-register to attend this training day.

Hope to see lots of you there


Cardiovascular imaging training day and next evening event

Dear all,

Just a quick reminder that the next training day is the 26th of March on cardiovascular imaging - further details to follow shortly.

Also the next evening event will be on the 2nd of May at the Chesil Rectory - this meeting is being organised by Ellie from Bayer and will have an educational talk on ACS and antithrombotic therapy. Click here for a provisional program and please email Ellie Draper to sign up - Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis!

STC meeting

Dear all

The next Wessex STC meeting is on Friday, Ben and I will be going to represent trainees. If there are any issues relating to training / working in the deanery that you would like us to raise please email me jwh20485@gmail.com.

Secondly thanks to all those who have signed up to the TAVI day - I look forward to seeing you there!


Cardiac imaging in aortic stenosis

Dear all

Dr Shah has brought this course on imaging in aortic stenosis to my attention. It looks like it should be a really useful day and  has some excellent speakers! Its on the 27th of April at the Royal Society of Medicine, comes with BSE re-accreditation points and only costs £40. To find out more and sign up click here

Further date for the diary and correction of omission

Dear all

The message I sent yesterday didn't have the date for the ACHD training day on it - it's the 19th of April - all the dates are up to date on the training day part of the blog so check it out!

Also Hayley from Servier has extended the invite to us for the next Hampshire Heart Failure Meeting - 6th of March at the Green Man in Winchester where Dr Senthil Kirubakaran from QA will be speaking on heart failure and atrial fibrillation - if you' like to go along please email Hayley

Have a great weekend!

Dates for the diary

Dear all

Great to see so many of you at the 'fight night' yesterday. Just thought I'd send a little reminder of the up coming training days and the next evening event:

TAVI training day - 27th Feb at Bartley Lodge in Cadnam - click here for the provisional program and please email me to reserve a space - jwh20485@gmail.com

Cardiovascular imaging day - 26th March at SGH - I don't have a program yet but please arrange with your departments so that you can secure your time for this

ACHD training day - theme now confirmed as LV inflow abnormalities - click here for the program and please contact Sharon Henley to sign up - there is a small cost for this day (£20  - which can be paid on the day).

South Coast Heart Failure Meeting - 24th April - click here for more details

The next evening event will be on the 2nd of May at the Chesil Rectory - this meeting is being organised by Ellie from Bayer and will have an educational talk on ACS and antithrombotic therapy. Click here for a provisional program and please email Ellie Draper to sign up - Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis!

For future training days keep an eye on our training day section of the blog and let you departments know as soon as possible. It would be great to see lots of you at BCS in June too!


BSCI/BSCCT, BSCMR, BNCS annual meeting in Edinburgh, BCVI, 2-4May 2018

Dear all

Alastair has brought this meeting to our attention - may be of interest to those with an imaging interest or just trying to achieve curriculum sign offs:

The Cardiovascular Imaging Societies are hosting a joint meeting in Edinburgh in May. It will also include Level 1 training in CT, MRI and Nuclear so may help tick some boxes for the ARCP.
 It’s £100 for members, so quite a lot cheaper than the usual CT/MRI courses on offer.

Title: British Cardiovascular Imaging Meeting 2018: joint meeting between BSCI/BSCCT, BSCMR and BNCS
Date: 2-4 May 2018
Location: John McIntyre Conference Centrem Edinburgh

Registration is now open 
Register online at: https://tinyurl.com/bcvi2018

BJCA Survey

Dear All,

I know this is annoying and I promise that this will be my last e-mail on the subject, but please can everyone just complete the BJCA survey as soon as possible. It genuinely only takes around 5 minutes to complete and you may win some free funding for ESC in the process.

Currently I am receiving daily e-mails from the BJCA informing me that less than 1/3 of Wessex trainees have completed it  and I know we can do better. I absolutely hate seeing deanery league tables which have us languishing near the relegation zone!


I hope you all have good weekends,



A couple of things to highlight to you from the BJCA

1) Please complete the BJCA survey

2) Act very quickly if you want to go to BJCA's excellent (and completely free) Core Curriculum course. It is perfect for anyone who hasn't yet completed their EEGC but will fill up rapidly.



BSH Heart failure day and Cardio-oncology opportunity

Dear all

Dr Kalra has brought this course to our attention - it claims to be 'all you need to know about heart failure in one day' and features some of the Wessex heart failure team. It is on Thursday the 1st of March, for more details and to sign up clinic here.

Also Dr Carpenter has highlighted an opportunity to do a cardio-oncology fellowship at the Brompton to us - which is advertised on NHS job via this link https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/6fa9e28dcdabbe330f3a5b00d4e8bb91/?vac_ref=914942909

Finally look forward to seeing lots of you at the 'fight night' (menus will be sent shortly) and the TAVI training day


Reminder to sign up for Sub-specialty 'fight night', TAVI training day and South Coast Heart Failure Meeting

Dear all

Just a quick reminder to sign up to these events to ensure that you don't miss out

Sub-specialty 'fight night' - 7th Feb Green Man Winchester 1900 - email jwh20485@gmail.com to sign up

TAVI training day 27th Feb - Bartley Lodge Cadnam - email jwh20485@gmail.com to sign up

South Coast Heart Failure Meeting - Poole 24th April - to sign up please complete the registration form and email to christopher.boos@poole.nhs.uk and cc in amanda.avey@poole.nhs.uk

Hope to see lots of you at these events