Wessex Cardiology Trainees

South Coast Heart Failure Meeting - 22/3/22

 Dear All,

There are still a couple of spaces remaining for this years South Coast Heart Failure Meeting. Details below;

Date; Tuesday 22nd March 2022

Venue; Haven Hotel Sandbanks, Dorset

Programme; SCHF Meeting Agenda 2022

Please use this form to sign up. 


Single vs Dual GIM Accreditation

Dear All, 

Given that ARCPs are not too far away I wanted to clarify and send out a statement with regards to Single vs Dual Accrediting for GIM as this will have an impact for ARCP and there have been a few questions lately;


TRAINEES APPOINTED 2020 & AFTER (Current ST4s and ST3s)

Dual accreditation is mandatory. Therefore required both Cardiology ARCP and GIM ARCP every year with both Curriculum on portfolio and Gold guide requirements met to be able to CCT for both Cardiology & GIM. (This is regardless of planned sub-specialty career)

It is expected therefore that your training time will go from 5 to 6 years to be able to facilitate this. With the majority of your GIM experience in ST3-5 however additional experience must be maintained from ST6-8 in subspecialty posts - this will be taken into account when considering rotation moves. 


TRAINEES APPOINTED BEFORE 2020 (Current ST5s, and above including OOP)

Dual accreditation is not mandatory. Should you wished to have dropped GIM accreditation you must have contacted the Deanery and completed the mandatory paperwork and had this ratified. The deadline was in December 2020 - with reminders having been sent out at that time. 

Single accreditation as Cardiology training only is still expected to be 5 years to CCT.

If you have not submitted this paperwork, you will automatically be transferred onto the new curriculum which is Dual Training with GIM. Again, with your training extending from 5 to 6 years to meet said requirements. 

Should you have any concerns regarding this please contact our TPD - Dr John Paisey via email (john.paisey@nhs.net) to discuss this further. 


FUTURE TRAINEES APPOINTED FROM 2022 (New IM/Cardiology Curricula)

Dual accreditation is mandatory. Any trainees appointed in the coming August (2022) will enter at ST4 having completed IMT3 as a General Medical Registrar. Their first year in Cardiology will be as ST4. 

Given this their total registrar career to CCT is expected to last 6 years (including their IMT3) with total of 5 years Cardiology - again requiring all curriculum areas to be completed within the 6 years for both GIM and Cardiology. 

I hope this makes sense and is useful. Any questions just let us know



Congenital Cardiac series study day

  Dear All,

The next study day will be the Wessex congenital cardiac series study day on 11th March 2022. This will be held online via Zoom

The agenda for the day can be found here.

Please email Heba at heba.hassan@uhs.nhs.uk to register.

See you there!



UHS EP subspecialty post

 Dear All,

The UHS EP fellowship post has just been advertised!

If you are interested in applying, please see here for more information



BHVS Aortic stenosis hybrid meeting

 Dear All,

The British Heart Valve Society (BHVS) are holding a hybrid meeting – “Aortic Stenosis” – to be held in central London on Friday April 22nd 2022. There will also be the option to watch online if you don’t want to travel to London. We have a mix of interventional and imaging cardiologists and cardiac surgeons as well as heart valve disease specialists to discuss many of the challenges we face in clinical practice, including MDT case discussions about challenging cases we come across in our daily work.


The venue is Holiday Inn – High St Kensington and the cost is only £20 for BHVS members and £30 for non-members!


Furthermore, if you attend in person, you will receive a free copy of the BHVS patient book on heart valve disease, which has proved very popular and useful in heart valve clinics. You can find out more about the book here: https://www.bhvs.org.uk/book/


This meeting is organised to mark the 20th anniversary of the first-in-man TAVI procedure done in April 2002. This was performed by Professor Alain Cribier and we are thrilled to confirm that he will travel to London to deliver the keynote lecture at the meeting! We also have a brilliant line up of speakers, including:


  • Professor Rebecca Hahn (New York, USA)
  • Dr Jeffrey Popma (Boston, USA)
  • Professor Marc Dweck (Edinburgh)
  • Professor Bernard Prendergast (London)
  • Dr Clare Appleby (Liverpool)
  • Miss Karen Booth (Newcastle)
  • Dr Brian Campbell (London)
  • Dr Madalina Garbi (Cambridge)
  • Dr Chris Malkin (Leeds)


The programme and registration details are attached – you can register here:https://www.bhvs.org.uk/event/bhvs-aortic-stenosis-study-day-22nd-april-2022/




Imaging sub-specialty posts

 Dear All,

If you are going to be ST5 and above from August 2022 and interested in imaging as a sub-specialty, please email Dr Paisey at john.paisey@nhs.net to express your interest.

This also applies to those who are of non-training grade, with appropriate experience.