Wessex Cardiology Trainees

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.




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