Wessex Cardiology Trainees

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