Wessex Cardiology Trainees

ECHO Survey 2020 + Trainee Rep election.

Dear all,

ECHO Survey
The most recent BJCA survey highlighted ongoing issues around ECHO training. In collaboration with our ECHO lead, Dr Chris Steadman, we are looking at ways to improve Echo training in Wessex. The first step is to get a baseline of the current situation around the region by means of a survey.

We have put together a (very brief) survey and would be very grateful if you could take the time to complete it (1-2 minutes). The results will be used to push forwards change and improvements.

Please find the survey here.

Thanks all for your help as always.


Trainee Rep Election
Following on from the survey, if you want to do even more to help improve training in Wessex you should consider running to be the new trainee rep along side Tom.

After two very successful years of being the trainee rep for Wessex, Hannah is stepping down from the role to move on to new pastures in London and so an election is called.

Trainee Representatives main roles

  • Local Trainee Representation - the Wessex trainee reps attend all the specialist training committee (STC) meetings. We represent the views of trainees to the training programme director and the wider consultant body and are able to provide a voice on issues such as job rotations, ARCPs, study leave etc. The results of the annual trainees survey are presented here.


  • National Representation - Both Wessex trainee representatives sit on the BJCA council and attend the BJCA annual general meeting at the British cardiovascular society conference each year. We act as a link between Wessex and the BJCA, highlighting any training issues at a national level and providing updates to Wessex SpRs.


  • Improve local training - we organise the annual training day programme, many of the individual training days along with other evening educational meetings held across the deanery. 


Eligibility Criteria

  • You must currently hold a Cardiology NTN in Wessex. 


  • You should intend to continue to be a Cardiology trainee accessible within the deanery for at least 12 months. 


  • All appointments are subject to approval by Dr John Paisey (TPD - Wessex). 


Application Process
Please formulate a statement consisting of two sections (with no more than 150 words in each section) entitled:
1) Why I would make a good trainee representative
2) What I want to do to improve trainees experience in Wessex

Email this to Hannah at - hannah.sinclair1@nhs.net. The deadline for applications is 16:59 on 05/02/2020 after which the statements will be published on the blog and an election held.

If if you have any further questions regarding the role pleas get in touch with either of us.

Best wishes,

Tom and Hannah.

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