Wessex Cardiology Trainees

Echo training in the region


Dear all,

Please see the email below recently sent by Dr Paisey and Dr Steadman to the Echo leads in our various trusts. 

If you are not receiving the appropriate amount of Echo training as outlined below, please contact your Trust Echo Lead in the first instance. Should you still not be able to achieve your echo training, please contact Dr Paisey.

FAO Echo training leads, please share with your physiology Echo heads where I have not been able to identify the appropriate contact:


Dear Colleagues,


Whilst we recognise that providing training and experience in transthoracic echo remains challenging in Covid times it is an absolute requirement of training for StRs who have not yet accredited via the BSE or curriculum tool.

The indicative numbers of scans that should be performed and reported for those using the curriculum accreditation tool are 150 per year and you will all be familiar with the BSE requirements. In addition to this there is an absolute requirement for trusts to provide hands on training and ensure development of competencies with an early emphasis on the FEEL skills and experience, trainees need to complete accreditation (BSE or curriculum tool) by the end of St5 to achieve outcome 1 at ARCP.

If your department is unable to offer this essential part of StR training then please let me know as we have vacancies elsewhere in the region which are able to offer training and can re allocate trainees to these hospitals.

Please let me know if you envisage being unable to provide this essential part of SpR training at the earliest opportunity.




John and Chris

TPD and Echo Lead



ARCP Deanery Survey

Dear all, 

In light of the changes to this years ARCP due to COVID, the deanery are keen on assessing trainees feedback based on this years process. HEE have produced a short survey they would be grateful if all can complete it. 

The survey closes on Wednesday 9th September. 

Find the survey here

You can also participate in the snap Twitter poll here.


Tom and Kri.

Postgraduate Course in Heart Failure (Face-to-face and Online)

Hi All,

I hope you are all doing well. 

Please see the details below for the Postgraduate Course in Heart failure that offers both face-to-face and online versions. 

Postgraduate Course in Heart Failure London 2021-2022 (Face-to-Face classroom version): This is the next version of the most successful postgraduate course held at the Royal Society of Medicine in Central London with 6 modules of 4 days each, during a two-year period. Each module offers state-of-the-art lectures by internationally known key opinion leaders in the field as well as case presentations, interactive rapid-fire sessions, hands-on courses on imaging, including echocardiography, computer tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, as well as training with simulators for pacemakers and CRT implantation and ventricular assist devices among many other features. 

Please click here for further course information. 

Postgraduate Course in Heart Failure London Online (2020-2021): For the first time we now offer, for those who cannot leave their home institutions, an online postgraduate course in heart failure comprising 5 modules (but without hands-on training), with the full spectrum of state-of-the-art lectures, case presentations, live cases and demonstration of devices and their implantation. Also, each module contains an examination that participants are required to pass which at the end will lead to 15-20 CME credits per module and a certificate of completion awarded by the British Cardiovascular Society and the British Society for Heart Failure. 

Please click here for further course information

If you have any questions regarding this course please contact former participant Sarah Birkhoelzer on sarah.birkhoelzer@gmail.com.


Training Days

 Dear all, 

The next two training days will be virtual. 

A reminder these count towards the attendance requirement for ARCP and will be on the training day form. 

September - 08/09/2020, BCS National Training Day. Sign up online on the BCS website. http://www.bcs.com/education/NationalTrainingDay.asp?CourseID=3&navcatid=31

October - 16/10/2020, Wessex Congenital Series. See blog post for more details. http://wessex.cardiologytrainees.co.uk/2020/08/wessex-congenital-cardiac-series.html 

We are hoping to have face to face session November onwards. 

Keep and eye on the training day page of the blog for updates. 



HF evening meeting, Final Remainder. 19/08/20 - 19:00

 Dear all, 

A final reminder to sign up for the upcoming SpR educational meeting. 

Agenda here with link to sign up at the top of the document. 



Heart Failure SpR Evening 19/08/20

 Dear all, 

A reminder to sign up for the SpR HF teaching evening with Dr Paul Haydock THIS Wednesday 19/08/20 at 1900.

Please find the agenda here and follow the weblink at the top of the PDF to join. 



Wessex Congenital Cardiac Series

 Dear all,

The next Wessex Congenital Cardiac Series study day will be on 16th of October 2020 and it will be held virtually via Zoom. 

The topic will be on transposition- aiming to cover everything from morphology to clinical presentation and imaging as well as long term follow up. All in one morning. 

Please find the programme here.

To register for the meeting please contact Dr Zingale at anna.zingale@uhs.nhs.uk and she will send you the joining details closer to the time.



WIC Case Competition Presentation.

 Dear All,

Please see the attached flyer here from Sarah Birkholzer (BJCA WIC/LTFT rep) regarding the WIC case competition presentation event. 

There will be cases presented from across the globe with the winner gaining publication in EHJ case reports. 

Link for registration is embedded in the flyer. 



Heart Failure Zoom Evening Meeting - Wednesday 19th August, 19:00.

Dear all, 

Further to previous messages the next Wessex evening zoom educational meeting is 2 weeks away. 

This session will be focused on heart failure with two great talks from Dr Paul Haydock (HF Consultant, UHS). 
Attendance is strongly encouraged.  

Please find the full agenda here

To sign up - copy and paste the web-link at the top of the agenda. 
Any questions please drop me a message. 


Temporary Mechanical Support of Cardiac Function- Microsoft Teams Teaching

Dear All,

Our cardiothoracic colleagues have organised an interesting Microsoft Teams teaching session titled ' Temporary Mechanical Support of Cardiac Function' presented by Mr Antonious Kourliouros.

Date: 07/08/2020

Time: 8.15-9.15a.m


Please do join if you can!