Wessex Cardiology Trainees

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.




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