Wessex Cardiology Trainees

Specialty Clinics

Dear All,

Just a reminder that on the blog there is a specialty clinics page.  Dr Benoy Shah runs a specialist heart valve clinic at UHS on a Tuesday afternoon and would be happy to have trainees join him.  Please email benoy.shah@uhs.nhs.uk if you want to arrange this.

To look at the list of specialist clinics please go to the blog.  If there are any clinics you want to add to this list please let us know.

Many thanks,


Evening Meeting

Dear All,

Sarah Birkhoelzer has asked us to highlight the interesting meeting below, open to Wessex Cardiology registrars and consultants:
Dr. Tamara Everington, Consultant in Haemostasis and Thrombosis from Basingstoke is presenting 
“Anticoagulation in 2020 - A high stakes business for patients”
Monday 20th January 2020 at the NAVIGATOR PUB in Bursledon
Meeting opens at 1830 for a 1900 start followed by dinner at 2000. 

To book a place please contact Sarah Mckay from Daiichi-Sankyo via email sarah.mckay@daiichi-sankyo.co.uk or via message 07526176085. 

ACHD subspecialty training.

Dr Paisey has highlighted some important dates for those wishing to subspecialise in adult congenital heart disease.

There is likely to be availability to start subspecialty training at SGH in April 2020 and August 2020.

Those interested (even if not quite ready to start) are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Aisling Carroll at SGH to discuss this further.


Training Day Update and Sign off Sheet

A few details for your diary:

-  Bournemouth Intervention Training Day:  Thursday 13th February.  Save the date.  More details to follow.  Please email Tom to sign up:  gilpintr4290@doctors.org.uk.

-  Wessex congenital series dates for 2020 are the 24th April and the 16th October.  The topics will include Transposition and Tetralogy of Fallot.

Here is a training day self sign-off sheet which can be completed and uploaded to your portfolio for ARCP purposes. 

Best wishes,


Training Day 26th November

26th November Training Day:  'Difficult areas of the curriculum to sign off'

Start 09:15
Finish 16:00
Venue: Bartley Lodge, New Forest, SO40 2NR

Click below for:
Travel information

Please contact Sally Olsen for any last minute questions (sallyolsen@doctors.org.uk).



Ivy Evening 11/11/2019.

Dear all,

I'm looking forward to seeing all of those whom have signed up for the Ivy Evening 11th November. It is a prompt 1900 start, please see here for the full agenda.

Unfortunately we have been significantly let down by one of the sponsors at the last minute (Friday 8th!) meaning that at this stage the meeting will be partly sponsored. We are working hard to organise full sponsorship tomorrow and currently there is £27.8 each towards the £38 + service meaning if we are unable to find further sponsorship the cost will be around £15 plus drinks.

As the meeting is full and people are currently on the waiting list please contact me urgently at gilpintr4290@doctors.org.uk if you are unable to attend/have changed your mind to allow others to take your place.


Evening Events and Wednesday 23rd Training day

1.  Management and communication training day at Chilworth Manor during the day on the 23rd October.  Please click here for the agenda. If you havent yet signed up please email Tom ASAP (gilpintr4290@doctors.org.uk). 

2.  The PIG CV evening on the 23rd October is now full.  I have emailed everyone who signed up.  If you didnt receive an email, but think you signed up, please get in touch with me (hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net).

3.  ******  Intervention and Quiz evening at The Ivy in Winchester.  Christmas event!  *******

Monday 11th November, Buttercross Room, 19:00 arrival.  Educational talk by Dr Alex Hobson (interventional consultant at QA) on antiplatelets and an update on the World of intervention with an ask the Interventionalist Q and A.

Followed by the 'Wessex Cardiology Trainees' Quiz' hosted by our very own Ben Wiles and Tom Gilpin.  Expect friendly rivalry...  Places are limited, please sign up ASAP by emailing Tom (gilpintr4290@doctors.org.uk).

That's all for now.

Hannah x

Few Important things

A few things..

1.  CV evening 23rd October at the Pig.  James Wilkinson is doing a talk on how to optimise your CV followed by a food extravaganza. 18:30 at the Pig in the New forest, Brockenhurst SO42 7QL.  There are a few places remaining, please email me ASAP if you would like to come (hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net).

2.  There are also a few remaining places at the management and communication training day at Chilworth Manor during the day on the 23rd October.  Please click here for the agenda and email Tom to sign up (gilpintr4290@doctors.org.uk).  You can always finish up the day at the Pig..

3.  Jim Stirrup has asked me to advertise an Imaging Fellowship at Reading.  For the link to the job advert please click here.  Please ignore the closing date.  If you are interested please email Jim Stirrup directly (james.stirrup@royalberkshire.nhs.uk).

Wessex survey results and STC outcomes to follow shortly.

Best wishes,


Live webinar invitation: ‘Hospitalised with Heart Failure: a medical intervention that has transformed HF inpatient care”

Paul Haydock has asked me to advertise the following heart failure evening:

Novartis are hosting a live webinar on the 6th November at the Winchester Royal Hotel entitled:

‘Hospitalised with Heart Failure: a medical intervention that has transformed HF inpatient care”

The room will be available from 6:30pm onwards, with the meeting starting at 7pm - with Dr Dominic Kelly’s introductions. The meeting aims to finish about 8:30 - but there will be opportunity to pose questions, following the presentations.

Hot food will be provided.  If you would like to attend, please email Paul Haydock:  paul.haydock@uhs.nhs.uk.



South Coast EP Group Meeting. 07/11/2019.

Dear All,

Ben Wiles - EP fellow RBH has highlighted this upcoming meeting.

The next South Coast EP Group (SCEG) meeting will take place on the evening of Thursday 7th November at Hotel Du Vin in Winchester. Trainees with an interest in EP or devices are more than welcome to attend this sponsored event. Attendees can expect an evening of both education and entertainment.

Please contact Ben Wiles (benedict.wiles@rbch.nhs.uk) if you would like to attend.


ACHD Core Curriculum Course 10th-11th Oct at RCP, London

Quick message:

Core curriculum course in ACHD Thursday 10th and Friday 11th Oct.  Amazing faculty..

Please follow:


Online registration closes midday Monday 7th October.

More posts to follow this week.

Best wishes,


Cardiac Sarcoidosis Symposium

Dear all,

Dr Kaushik Guha (heart failure consultant QA) has highlighted an upcoming Cardiac Sarcoidosis Symposium at the Royal Society of Medicine in London (06/11/19).

This looks to be an excellent day providing an insightful overview of the condition. Please see here for the flyer providing more information and sign up instructions.


Congenital Training day and Survey

Dear All,

1.  If you haven't already done so, we would be very grateful if you could spare 5 minutes to complete this years survey.  Myself/Tom/Jonathan have spent so much time arranging training days and trying to improve things and we would be really grateful for your feedback.  In addition, it's our chance to have our voice heard collectively.  Please click here to complete.

2.  To sign up to the upcoming congenital training day on September the 27th at UHS please email abigail.sharpe@uhs.nhs.uk.  There is a fee of £20 on the day, which should be retrospectively reimbursed through your study budget.  The topic is functionally single ventricle circulations.

Best wishes,


Trainee Survey and Rotational Planning Meeting.

Dear All,

I hope you are enjoying the last of the summer sun! A few reminders.

1) The Wessex SpR Trainee survey is live. This is a key way to get anonymous feedback from everyone in the region for training over the last year. There are only a couple of weeks left before the STC meeting and the responses are slowly coming in but a lot are still outstanding. Please click here to complete it.

2) A reminder that the Rotational Planning meeting is at Southern House on 12/09/2019. Please find here the up-to-date rota. If you want to discuss your preferred place of work you need to be there (unless OOP).

3) The September, October and November training days are open to sign up. Get the study leave booked in and I look forward to seeing you all there!

4) Finally I will be organising drinks and dinner after the National Training Day in September (RCP, London). Let me know if you are heading up for the meeting.



2019 Survey and November training day

Dear All,

1.  This years survey is ready to complete.  Please click here.  This is your chance to feed back to the Specialist Training Committee about your training over the last 12 months - positive and negative.  Please take 5-10 minutes to fill this in over the next couple of weeks.

2.  If you would like to attend the 26th November training day on 'difficult areas of the curriculum to sign off' please register with Sally ASAP, sallyolsen@doctors.net.uk.  We are hoping to offer the training day nationally but want to know how many Wessex trainees are interested as a priority.

Many thanks!

Best wishes,


Upcoming Training Days and Evening Events

There is lots planned over the next few months.  Here are some important dates for your diary:

1.  National Training Day Thursday 19th September at the Royal College of Physicians.  Click here to go to the BCS page.

2.  Training day 27th September at University Hospital Southampton.  Ebstein's and AVSDs.  More information to follow.

3.  Training Day 23rd October 'Managing change and effective written communication'.  Chilworth Manor, Southampton.  For agenda click here.  To sign up please email Tom at:  gilpintr4290@doctors.org.uk

4.   Curriculum Vitae Evening event October 23rd 18:30 at The Pig in the New Forest.  Talk given by Dr James Wilkinson followed by food and drinks.  This is quite a small venue so please sign up ASAP to avoid disappointment....  Email: hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net

5.  Training day 26th November - Difficult areas of the curriculum to sign off.  Bartley Lodge, New Forest starting at 09:30.  Sponsored by Sanofi and organised by Sally Olsen and myself.  For the agenda please click here.  To sign up please email: sallyolsen@doctors.net.uk

We have an exciting evening event to mark the end of 2019..  More details coming soon with thanks to Tom and Ben.

I think that's enough for one post.

Thanks, Hannah 

Training Days

Dear all,

There have been a few concerns raised within the region regarding attendance at training days. The speakers give up their time and put a lot of effort into delivering these events for us.

A list of those expected is sent out to the organising Consultant(s). A few trainees recently confirmed they would be attending but didn't show on the day, without giving prior warning. This reflects poorly on all of us as a group.

Of course unexpected situations arise meaning attendance is not possible. If this is the case please let either Hannah or myself know ASAP so we can pass the message on.

Apologies for the slightly negative note but stay tuned for more fun evening events and the upcoming trainee survey.

Evening all,

A few updates from across the region.

Portsmouth Training Day
A reminder to all that the Portsmouth Arrhythmia and Devices training day is next Wednesday 17th July at the Marriott Hotel, PO6 4SH. This is sponsored by Medtronic and is an amazing opportunity to get hands on devices programming experience. To see the agenda click here.

Dr Kirubakaran is happy to discuss any other topics (arrhythmia related) you would like addressing. Email Hannah at hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net to request this and to sign up.

Ben Wiles has asked us to let you know about a congenital EP day on Thursday 25th of July 2019 at the Royal Society of Medicine (London). Targeted at general EP trainees, aiming to provide an introduction to rhythm management in ACHD. Click here for more information.

Cardiac Sarcoidosis
Dr Kaushik Guha (HF Cons QAH) has asked me to highlight an upcoming Cardiac Sarcoidosis symposium also at the Royal Society of Medicine (London). Click here for more information.

ACHD Training
The 2020 ACHD training days have been released so get them in your diary now.
24/04/2020 - topic TBC
25/09/2020 - topic TBC
Further information will be released closer to the date.

Hannah and Tom.

Oxford HF and ICC fellowship, Portsmouth Training Day

A couple of things:

1.  Paul Haydock has flagged up the following job advert in Oxford for a Heart Failure and ICC fellowship:


2.  Any final requests to attend the Portsmouth arrhythmias and device programming training day on the 17th July, please email me Hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net

I am the process of organising the next evening event, which will likely be in September.  If you have any ideas of something you specifically want please get in contact with either myself or Tom.

Best wishes,


UHS TAVI day and BHVS core valve day

Just a few events that may be of interest that Dr Shah has asked me to let you know about:

1.  British Heart Valve Society (BHVS) Core Knowledge day (7th November 2019 in London) and the BHVS annual conference (8th November 2019).

Core Knowledge - great for more junior registrars.

The theme for this years annual conference is 'practical decision-making in mitral valve disease'.  There are four 15 minute slots for registrars to present 'what would you do' case presentations (free conference admission for presenters). 

Agenda for both and more information click here

2.  UHS TAVI day Friday 13th September.  For the agenda please click here.  To attend please email Dr Shah.

That's all for now.

Best wishes,


Research Opportunity and Portsmouth Training Day

Dear All,

I have been asked to share this research opportunity at the Royal Brompton hospital in heart failure.  Please click here.

If you would like to attend the Portsmouth training day on the 17th of July on arrhythmias, device programming and ECGs, please email me: hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net

Best wishes,


New Trainee Rep

Dear all

Firstly I'd like to thank Tom and Mike for putting themselves forward for the trainee rep position - we are lucky to have such excellent candidates. After a closely contested vote Tom will be the new trainee rep, I have no doubt that he will do a great job.

So that means this is my last post... I have really enjoyed the role and thanks to Ben and Hannah for suffering me! Finally thanks to you all, we are lucky in Wessex to have such a great group of trainees, who have been a pleasure to represent!


A few things

1.  BCS next week. 

-  Myself and Jonathan have booked a a table on Monday night at EastZEast Blackfriars Street at 19:30. This is a bit of a Wessex tradition on the Monday.

-  On the Tuesday the plan is to go to Rudys Pizza on Peter Street.  You cant book, however we thought we would go for drinks at Brew Dog next door and go in and ask for a table.

-  We have a Wessex SpR Whatsapp BCS group.  If you arent on it yet drop me an email with your mobile number and I can add you to the group.

2.  Please please vote for the new trainee rep.  Thank you to both Mike and Tom for putting themselves forward.

3.  Myself and Sally Olsen are organising a training day on Tuesday 26th November.  The plan is to target difficult areas of the curriculum.  Very happy to take requests, so if there is anything you particularly want covered, drop me a line.  Currently we are planning talks on inotropes, IABP management, lipids (and genetics relating to lipid disorders), cardiac rehab, assessment of patient prior to non-cardiac surgery and community cardiology.

4.  The next Hampshire Heart failure evening is Tuesday 25th June 18:30 in Forte Kitchen Winchester.  Please email Hayley if you would like to attend:  hayley.allen@servier.com.  For the agenda please menu please click here and for the agenda please click here.

5.  The Next Wessex EP subspecialty Training day is Thursday 25th July, at Bournemouth Hospital.  For the agenda click here.  There is a sponsored meal afterwards.  If you would like to attend please email benedict.wiles@uhs.nhs.uk.

Hope to see lots of you in Manchester next week.

Best wishes,


Time to vote for the next trainee rep

Dear all

We have had statements from two of trainees hoping to take on the trainee rep position; Tom Gilpin and Michael Pope. Please have a read of their statements below and then email me to vote - jonathan.hinton@uhs.nhs.uk. Please email me from a trust or NHS email account only. Voting will close at 1800 on Sunday 2nd of June so that the new rep can be in place for BCS.

Tom Gilipin:

Why I would make a good trainee representative.

I am a highly driven, approachable and supportive individual. As a former Royal College of Physicians Associate Tutor and Mess president I have invaluable experience at local and national level of providing peer representation. I organised a successful education programme and secured funding to improve local and regional training. I will represent Wessex Cardiology trainees as a group and on an individual level with determination to improve working within this dynamic speciality.

Having listened to issues raised by trainees in the deanery the balance between training opportunities and service provision needs to be addressed. I will provide accessible and approachable peer representation to facilitate teamwork, addressing this imbalance and improving education for current and future cardiology trainees.

I have always organised great social events. I believe they promote cohesion and strengthen friendships. I will ensure our calendar is always full of fun (and educational) meetings, possibly even a trip away.

What I want to do to improve training experience in Wessex.

Should I be elected as trainee representative I will address the following as a priority:
·         Rota gaps are becoming a frequent occurrence across the deanery impacting heavily on training. I will work with senior cardiologists to improve recruitment and staffing across the board to ensure more training time.
·         There is significant regional variation in access to ECHO training. Improvement in ECHO training via regular, protected slots standardised across the deanery is needed.
·         I will review the need for level 3 sign off in a variety of procedures that may not be linked to ones intended sub-specialty of choice and strive to increase the time in catheter laboratories for trainees.
·         The discrepancy in study leave funding for senior trainees on fellowships in comparison to junior trainees on rotation is not justified, especially with the lack of income progression with the new contract. This needs to change.

Michael Pope:

In light of current work to re-write the curriculum for cardiology training good trainee representation is crucial to ensure an outcome that is fit for all future trainees and fully recognizes the skills and knowledge required to provide expert specialist cardiology care. I have the commitment and enthusiasm to take on this role and have valuable experience of trainee representation. I am currently the cardiology trainee representative on the Royal College of Physicians PACES Scenario Writing Group, responsible for PACES examination setting. I previously spent 3 years as BMA Medical Students Committee Representative and successfully secured student representation on the Medical School Undergraduate Education Management Committee where I worked to achieve significant changes to the curriculum.

One particular area of weakness in Wessex is the training of key theoretical knowledge and skills involved in core practical procedures. Although simulation training for procedural skills has become mandatory for new trainees, widespread training in skills of device programming and troubleshooting particularly is lacking. This is a vital skill for all cardiologists but is poorly taught. I would aim to develop a regional programme of training to develop these skills for all cardiology trainees, but particularly including a course aimed at all new trainees covering the basic theoretical knowledge required for both pacemaker implantation and general cardiology procedures. In addition, although there has been significant progress in organization of regional training days in recent years, there is significant variation in quality. I would aim to build on the successes in this area to create a consistent programme of excellent regional teaching.  

Reminder - trainee rep

Dear all

Just a quick reminder that if you’d like to be considered for the trainee rep position please send me a statement which should cover two aspects; why I would make a good trainee rep and what I would do to improve the experience trainees have in Wessex. Each section should be no more than 150 words. Please send them to me Jonathan.hinton@uhs.nhs.uk by Thursday at midnight. We will have a vote after this and hopefully have the new rep in post by BCS

Feel free to email me if you have any questions!


Fellowships Video, Device closure course and Training Days

Dear All,

A few updates:

1.  We recorded John Paisey's talk about Wessex Fellowships.  If you would like a copy I have it as a dropbox file that I can share.  Please drop me a line at hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net if you would like access to the video.

2.  I have been asked to share a course in structural intervention (ASD closure) run by the Royal Brompton on the 14th-15th June 2019.  The venue is the Crowne Plaza hotel in South Kensington.  For more details please follow this link to twitter.

3.  Portsmouth training day is on the 17th July on arrhythmias, device programming and ECGs.  Please email me if you would like to attend (ASAP as they will need numbers for food).

4.  We are in the process of arranging a training day in November.  The plan is to areas of the curriculum that are difficult to get signed off.  If anyone has any requests for topics please get in touch.

Many thanks,


New Trainee Rep Election

Dear all

Great to see so many of you at the evening last night and thanks to Hannah for organising!

Those of you who were there will be aware that I am stepping down as one of the trainee reps.

This means that there is a space for someone to come on board and join Hannah. . Whilst the role involves hard work I have found it to be both enjoyable and to offer lots of really good opportunities.

We will be running an election as we have done before. If you would like to put yourself forward please send me a statement to be put onto the blog. This should cover two aspects: why I would make a good trainee rep and what I would do to improve the experience trainee have in Wessex. Each section should be no more than 150 words. Please email these to me jonathan.hinton@uhs.nhs.uk by midnight on the 23rd of May. Following this we will have a vote and then hopefully have a new rep for BCS.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions



Dear all,

1.  There are 6 heart failure fellowships available in Wessex next year.  2 at UHS, 2 in Portsmouth, 1 Bournemouth and Poole and 1 at HHFT.  The advert in on NHS jobs and can be seen here:


2.  The fellowships information evening on Tuesday 14th May at the Green Man in Winchester now has a finalised agenda which can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qn2OBkbf81Qmr5eOeu7JG4G-sIOFWOVu5f7YJZrLzg8/edit

Arrivals from 18:30, starters at 19:00 and talks rom 19:30.  John Paisey will be starting off with a short talk about the new format of heart failure fellowship applications in Wessex with the opportunity to ask any questions. 

If you would like to attend and have not already signed up, please email me ASAP (hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net).

Thats all for now,


Basingstoke Training Day - Wednesday!

Dear all

Thanks for those who signed up to the Basingstoke training day, there is still plenty of space so please do come along if you are able to. Just to remind everyone it is in the ARK (on Basingstoke Hospital Site) from 830 on Infections around the Heart. Click here to see the program


Basingstoke TD, BCS conference and ACHD taster week update

Dear all

Just a reminder that the Basingstoke training day is on Wednesday next week (8th) of May on Infections around the Heart. Click here to view the program and please email me to register your interest in what should be an excellent day - jwh20485@gmail.com.

Secondly the BCS conference is fast approaching and there is usually quite a group of Wessex trainees.. we will put together a watts app group so that everyone knows what is going on. If you'd like to be included please email me your number - jwh20485@gmail.com.

Finally there have been questions about the ACHD taster weeks - just to clarify trainees in ST3 & ST4 (not already in Southampton) should do one week for each of those years.


Fellowships evening and Training Days

1.  Fellowships evening:

-  14th May at The Green Man in Winchester.  We are planning to start at 19:30 after drinks and starters from 19:00.-  Please email hannah:  hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net  if you would like to attend.  This is a great opportunity to find out about the various fellowships in Wessex and ask questions.  The food order needs to be in by next week so please let me know if you want to come and I will send you the menu.

2.  Training Days:  

- Basingstoke on the 8th of May on Endocarditis, please email Jonathan (jwh204@hotmail.co.uk).-  BCS national training day Mon 3rd June.  Conference registration is now open.-  Portsmouth on the 17th July on arrhythmias, ECGs and device programming, please email Hannah.


Fellowships evening, Training Days and BCS 2019

1.  Training Days:  
- Basingstoke on the 8th of May on Endocarditis, please email Jonathan (jwh204@hotmail.co.uk).
-  BCS national training day Mon 3rd June.  Conference registration is now open.
-  Portsmouth on the 17th July on arrhythmias, ECGs and device programming, please email Hannah (hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net).

2.  Fellowships evening:
-  14th May in The Green Man in Winchester.  Come along and hear about all the fellowship opportunities in Wessex.  5-10 minute presentations from trainees who have done the various fellowship opportunities in Wessex.  Ask any questions you like over dinner.  Email Hannah if you want to attend.

3.  BCS 
-  Myself and Jonathan are organising a Wessex SpR evening out on Tuesday 4th June, more details to follow so keep it free. A good accommodation option is Easy Hotel, which a few of us used last year.

That's all for now.

ARCP page, Basingstoke training day and a research opportunity

Dear all

The ARCP page of this blog is now live. I hope that this will bring all of the information that you need to pass your ARCP into one place so that it can be easily found. The page also includes dates for ARCPs, PYAs, reviews and rotation planning. Please have a look, I hope you find it helpful. Please let me know if there are any issues and queries - jwh20485@gmail.com.

Thanks to all those who attended the coronary training day. The next training day is in Basingstoke on the 8th of May on Endocarditis, please email me to register your interest.

Finally I have been made aware of a potentially excellent research opportunity with Dr McCann in Leicester on computational fluid dynamics - please click this link to find out more


UHS TAVI day and final call for coronary training day

Dear all

Dr Shah has put together what looks like an excellent TAVI study day on the 13th of September at UHS. This should be an excellent day and it's free. You can check out the program by clicking here and if you'd like to sign up please email Dr Shah.

The coronary training day is on Monday, Seminar room 1 Heart Beat Education Centre at UHS. Please click here for the program and we do still have spaces so please contact me if you'd like to sign up!

Portsmouth Training Day 17th July, May 14th Wessex Fellowships Evening event, BSCI Spring Meeting 16-17 May

Dear All,

A few updates to let you know about:

1.  We have just been updated that the Portsmouth training day will be the 17th July.  Topics to include arrhythmias, ECGS and device programming.  Further information to follow.

2.  The next evening event is Tuesday 14th May.  The venue has changed to the Green Man in Winchester.  The topic is 'research and fellowship opportunities in Wessex'.  Please let me know if you would like to attend:  hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net (note the email typo on previous blog message - apologies).

2.  The British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging (BSCI) Spring meeting is on 16th-17th May in Cambridge.  To register click here.  Medical trainee member rate £50 including dinner. 

That's it for now,


Training day updates, key points from the STC and a possible Brazilian connection!

A few updates for your Monday morning!

1. The coronary training day at Southampton is one week away (1st April, seminar room one, heart beat centre, Southampton Hospital). We still have plenty of spaces so please email me if you'd like to sign up - jwh20485@gmail.com. After this, the next training day is in Basingstoke on the 8th of May, this will be on infective endocarditis and should be an excellent day, please also email me to register your interest! We are continuing to finalise more training day dates, please check the training day page of the blog to sort your study leave early!

2. A few updates from the STC:
·         Dr Chris Steadman (Poole) has been appointed as the echo training lead for the region. As always your educational supervisor should be the first point of call if there are issues with the provision of echo training but if despite this issues remain then Dr Steadman would be the best point of contact
·         There is a move to co-ordinate sub-speciality training applications across the deanery. It is likely that this year heart failure posts will co-ordinate to offer a two year training post across different trusts in the deanery. Other sub-speciality posts may follow this pattern in the future, as always keep an eye on the opportunities and job adverts!
·         Updates on the ARCP process:
o   This year Wessex will drop the requirement for an MSF in each training year and revert to the national protocol of two (years ST4 & ST6) during the course of training with the proviso that the deanery can ask trainees to complete extra ones if any issues arise
o   The STC have decided that BSE accreditation for transthoracic echocardiography is not mandatory for Wessex trainees. However in order to gain a CCT you must have completed either the portfolio echo accreditation tool or have BSE accreditation. We would however recommend BSE accreditation as we feel that this provides better recognition and is probably less arduous.
o   DOPs need to be supervised by a post CCT clinician who has undertaken the clinical supervisors’ course run by the deanery. All consultants will meet this requirement but if you are being supervised by a senior trainee the DOPs will only be counted if they meet these criteria. The exception here is that senior, BSE accredited techs are able to do echo DOPs.
§  If you are interested in going on the clinical supervisors course please follow this link - http://www.wessexdeanery.nhs.uk/courses__conferences/educator_and_trainer_dev/recognition_of_supervisors.aspx
·         It was again agreed that trainees from ST3-5 should attend 60% of training days as a minimum. Those trainees doing sub-speciality training only need to attend 2 of the training days and can substitute the remaining days with other courses relevant to their training. Self-certified evidence using the training day form should be provided at the ARCP.
·         Trainees in ST3/ST4 are reminded that they should attend a taster ACHD week at UHS. To arrange this you should contact Dr Carroll.

3  3. Finally it is likely that there will be an opportunity for one trainee at Southampton next year to undertake six week period in a hospital in Brasilia. Further details will be available in due course but do consider whether this is something you'd be interested in. If you would like more information please speak to Dr Paisey or Dr Simpson.

Basingstoke Training Day

Dear all

The Basingstoke training day is going to be on the 8th of May from 9 - 4 in the ARK (at Basingstoke Hospital) on Infective Endocarditis and other Inflammatory processes of the heart. It should be an excellent day so please arrange your study leave now!

Also thanks to all those who have already emailed me to sign up for the coronary training day on the 1st of April, we have plenty more spaces so please contact me to sign up - jwh20485@gmail.com.



BCIS C3 conference: Orlando, Florida

C3 Meeting

John Rawlins has asked me to broadcast the following information about an exciting opportunity for interventional trainees:

Complex Cardiovascular Catheter Therapeutics: Advanced Endovascular and Coronary Intervention Global Summit) which will be held on 23rd June through to 26th June 2019, at the Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, Florida.  5 fully-sponsored slots for UK practitioners to attend the conference: 10 for interventional fellows and 5 for UK Allied Health Professionals (nurses, radiographers and cardiac physiologists).  Approved applicants will receive free registration, free accommodation and reimbursement of air travel expenses. Please follow this link for more information: 

Evening Event 14th May

The next evening event is Tuesday 14th May.  This will be a series of short presentations (from current trainees) about the various fellowships and research opportunities in Wessex.  We are hoping to have another later in the year about opportunities outside of Wessex.  

The provisional venue is 'The Pig' in the New forest.  Drinks at 19:00 to start at 19:30.  We are limited in terms of space so please let me know ASAP if you would like to come on the usual email: hannah.sinclair1@gmail.com 



Coronary training day and BJCA survey

Hi all

It is now just under six weeks until the coronary training day at UHS on the 1st of April. Thanks so much to those who have already contacted me to sign up. The day is free and we have an excellent group of speakers, click here for the provisional program. If you'd like to come please email me (jwh20485@gmail.com) as soon as possible so we can ensure we have the right amount of food!

Also the BJCA survey is now live. This really helps the BJCA to get an idea of what is working well and what needs improving, it would be great if everyone could find the few minutes it takes to complete it. To further encourage you to complete the survey, the BJCA are offering free ESC registration to a lucky few . Click here to access the survey.

The STC meeting (where all the training leads in the region meet to discuss our training) is coming up on the 1st of March, if there are any issues you'd like us to raise please contact me (jwh20485@gmail.com).


3D TOE course 18-20th March

Maria has flagged up a 3D TOE course, which may be of interest to some of you.  Details below:

          St Bart’s cardiac anaesthetic department 3 day 3D TOE course aimed at cardiology registrars/              cardiologists/cardiac anaesthetists that are competent in 2D TOE but have little or no 3D TOE            experience.   

There are 4 places left. The course is planned for 18-20 March and the costs is £250 per day. EPIQ CVx ultrasound systems will be used.  

Contact:  Giampaolo giampaolo.martinelli@bartshealth.nhs.uk                 

Please let us know if there are any other courses you want to share with fellow registrars.  Please also feel free to post @WessexSpRs on Twitter.



Important Upcoming Events

1.  April 13-14th BJCA Cardiology to the Core

******  Anyone doing the EEGC this year this is the course not to miss.  Online registration opens on the 18th February 2019.  In previous years this has filled up incredibly quickly.  This is FREE to BJCA members and is a whole weekend of revision lectures, food and accommodation.  Not to be missed if you are doing the EEGC this year.

2.  15-17th May British Society Cardiovascular Imaging Spring Meeting, Cambridge
Pre-meeting Study Day – 15th May 2019 Introduction to Cardiac CT with 50 cases, cost £25.  For details click here.

3.  April 1st Wessex Coronary Training Day

Coronary training is fast approaching.  Please arrange study leave and please let Jonathan know if you want to attend (jwh20485@gmail.com).

4.  Future Leaders in Intervention in Cork on the 4-6th April 2019

Anyone interested in a complex coronary intervention meeting click here.

Many thanks.

Best wishes,


AHCD training day sign up and Hampshire Heart Failure meeting

Dear all

I now have details of how to sign up for the next ACHD training day which is on the 22nd of March in the Heartbeat Lecture Theatre at UHS. They will be covering AVSD and Ebstein's, click here for the full program. Email Dr Sharpe to sign up, there will be a small charge of £10 on the day.

Also Hayley (Servier) has given me details about the next Hampshire Heart failure Meeting on the 22nd of January in Winchester at The Forte Kitchen. It will start at 1900 and the topic is stable coronary artery disease/peripheral artery disease, 2018 NICE HF guidelines. If you would like to go to this event please contact Hayley. Please note that this is not a training day and should not be confused with the South Coast Heart Failure meeting which is a training day and was part of the last blog post...

Hope you all enjoy your last few weeks before rotation


Upcoming training days and EP research at UHS

Dear all

Just a quick reminder to book your study leave and sign up for some upcoming training days:

  • Cardiac CT 15th Feb - email Hannah to sign up - please note this course is open to all UK trainees and there is a limit to the number of trainees that can attend. It should be a fantastic training day
  • We now have a confirmed date for the South Coast Heart Failure Meeting (19/3/2019) which is one of the training days, as always this is an excellent day and fills up quickly - click here for the application form
  • The next ACHD day is on the 22nd of March - I will let you know how to sign up when we get these details
  • Keep an eye on the training day section of the blog as we will keep updating this

Dr Ullah has now advertised his EP research post at Southampton. This is an excellent opportunity and comes with both funding and ethics already completed. If you are interested see the NHS jobs website - reference 118-MT977-MEDICAL.




I'm sure you all missed us....the blog has temporarily been corrupted - hopefully this will now work - if so you'll get lots of updates soon!