Wessex Cardiology Trainees

Novel Course in Heart Failure Management/4th September Training Day/Leadership Evening

1.  Postgraduate Course in Heart Failure London

Helena Bolam has asked me to share the details of a great heart failure course on behalf of Dr Paul Kalra.  The deadline for applications is the 14th September.  The course runs from January 2019 to October 2020 and consists of 6 modules including 160 hours of classroom time and 140 hours of self study.  Successful completion results in a 'Certificate in Heart failure Management'.  Links below should hopefully provide the course details and how to apply (if they don't open - email me and I will forward the documents).



2.  Last reminder for the next training day on the 4th September: 'Effective Communication and Presentation Skills' at Chilworth Manor.  Registration from 0930.  This is being provided by an external training company and if you are planning to attend you need to let Jonathan know - jwh20485@gmail.com

3.  There are 2 remaining places on the 'Leadership in the NHS' evening.  Derek Sandeman (medical director UHS) has agreed to come and talk to us over dinner about his role and leadership in the NHS.  Certificates for e-portfolio provided...  17th September in Winchester at the Green Man.  Drinks from 1900.  Again its Jonathan if you want to come (jwh20485@gmail.com).


A few Wessex registrars are doing the Wessex Heartbeat Cycle Challenge on Sunday the 30th September 2018 starting between 08:30 and 10:00am.  There is a choice between a 40 and 70 mile circuit.  You need to raise at least £100 pounds in sponsorship for Wessex Heartbeat and the entry fee is £20-25 depending on whether you do 40 or 70 miles.

If you are interested let me know (hannahksinclair@gmail.com) and I will add you to the Whatsapp group. 

More information is available if you click on the link below.




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!


Rotation Planning Meetings 14th September, South Coast Regional BSE Meeting and Online Imaging Resources

1.  As some of you have rightly pointed out, the Rotation Planning meetings are on the same day as the South Coast Regional BSE Meeting - the 14th September.  Obviously the compulsory Rotation Planning meetings will be a priority and are compulsory.  Chris Steadman, who is organising the BSE meeting, has said that he is happy for Wessex registrars to attend before/after their planning meeting.

2. Whilst on the subject of imaging I thought I would highlight two online resources, which may be of interest:

Level 1 online CMR course:

1.      Login to your British Cardiovascular society account
2.      Click 'my page'
3.      Scroll down to BCS membership offers 
4.  Follow instructions to access SCMR online MRI course.

Online TOE course (Need to be a British Society of Echo Member) 

1.     Click on ‘Education’
2.     Click on ‘TOE e-learning’
3.     Instructions to sign up will be displayed (essentially send an email containing your full name, email address and BSE membership number to info@bsecho.org

Hopefully see some of you at the Portsmouth Training Day this Wednesday 18th (Holiday Inn, Pembroke Road, Portsmouth.)  

Thanks, Hannah

South Coast Regional BSE Meeting Sep 14th, Portsmouth Training Day and Final (I promise) reminder about the Wessex Survey

1.  Chris Steadman has asked me to publicise the 2nd South Coast Regional British Society of Echo meeting.  This is being held in Poole on Friday 14th September.  There are some excellent speakers lined up.  Last year this event was fully booked so if you want to attend please register ASAP.  Tickets are free and can be obtained via the following link:


2.  Don't forget the Portsmouth Training day on Wednesday 18th July starting at 0930.  This is being held at:

    Holiday Inn, Pembroke Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2TA.

Please can you email Jonathan if you plan to attend -  jwh20485@gmail.com.

3.  Finally, thank you (again) to those of you who have completed the Wessex survey.  Final reminder that if you haven't please click here to go through to the survey.  It should only take 5 minutes or so and is your opportunity to provide feedback on your training so that improvements can be made over time. 

Thanks,  Hannah 

Postmouth Training Day - New Venue, Wessex Survey reminder and an Evening Event date for your diary.

1.  The Portsmouth Training day on Wednesday 18th July has changed venues.  It is now being held at:

    Holiday Inn, Pembroke Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2TA.

    Please can you email Jonathan if you plan to attend -  jwh20485@gmail.com.

    Dr Kirubakaran has welcomed any requests/suggestions regarding the lecture topics.  Please feedback to Jonathan if you have any special requests. 

Portsmouth Training day Timetable:
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.  Thank you to those of you who have completed the Wessex survey.  If you haven't please click here to go through to the survey.  It should only take 5 minutes or so and is your opportunity to provide feedback on your training so that improvements can be made over time.

3.  Save the date!  Tuesday 27th November we have a great evening event being planned.  More details to follow soon.



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...