BJCA Newswire –  21st April 2023

Remember to have your say in the BJCA Survey 2023!

Just a quick reminder that the BJCA 2023 survey is live. This is the most powerful tool the BJCA has to drive change and improve training in cardiology, it’s your feedback that matters! The survey is open to ALL cardiology registrars and fellows whether you hold a NTN or not. Some important changes that have come from the survey data include:

1)    Better echo training provision and simulation training
2)    Highlighting the important issues with bullying in cardiology
3)    Providing information to help illustrate issues with training

This year’s survey has a focus on the rollout of the new Cardiology and GIM curriculums, along with an important section on trainee wellbeing, health and satisfaction. The survey should take a maximum of 20 minutes to complete (link below) and please encourage all your colleagues to fill it in.

As always we are offering the chance to win FREE registration to this year’s ESC Congress in Amsterdam, August 25th to 28th. Just add your details on the final page of the survey to be entered into the prize draw.

BCS Annual Conference 2023 – Education Zone

Information on this year’s Education Zone at the BCS Annual Conference is now up and can be found here. There is a wide variety of Simulator training available, featuring hands-on teaching across a range of procedures and techniques with experienced faculty, and this year’s Imaging Village for Cardiac Imaging training, with practical training opportunities with expert imagers covering the full range of contemporary cardiac imaging modalities.

Sessions are always extremely popular and places are limited, hence anyone wishing to partake is strongly advised to book session(s) as early as possible to avoid disappointment. There will be no drop-in sessions available and all sessions will need to be pre-booked online.

You can book your sessions within your registration for the BCS Annual Conference (fourth page titled ‘Education zone sessions’). If you have already registered, you can use the credentials you were given to login into the BCS website, navigate to ‘Conference Registrations‘ where you will be able to edit your booking.

Temporary Pacing Wire and Pericardiocentesis requirements for CCT

Following the latest SAC/BCS training committee meeting see below the changes in requirements of DOPs for CCT, these have been formally incorporated into the new curriculum.

Pericardiocentesis: Trainees need to have a total of 4 pericardiocentesis DOPs, at which three can be simulation. One of the DOPs has to be level 5 and it has to be on a human, and one of the DOPs has to be within the final two years of training.

Temporary Pacing: 6 DOPs in total for temporary pacing, where three DOPs are level 5 and at least one DOPs level 5 is within the final two years before CCT. Up to 3 of the 6 DOPs can be in the simulation lab.

EACVI and BCS 2023 Quizzes – Opportunity to get involved

The legendary cardiology quiz master Prof Mark Westwood is looking for enthusiastic trainees to submit interesting cases to be part of both the EACVI and BCS conference quizzes this year.

Please see here for the submission and format instructions and here for a case example.

EACVI categories: echo, nuclear, MRI and CT.
BCS categories: Imaging (any modality), PCI/Structural, EP/Devices, Heart Failure, ACHD

Submit your cases directly to Prof Mark Westwood

Registration is open for BCS2023!

Book now for BCS2023! Returning to Manchester Central on 5-7 June, the largest UK cardiology conference attracts high profile speakers from the UK and overseas, including the leadership of both the European Society of Cardiology and the American College of Cardiology. The wide-ranging programme provides high quality education for both trainees and consultants. Key elements of the conference include the BCS Education Zone, detailed above.Early bird registration before 3 May is free to Associate (BJCA) members of the BCS. To join the BCS, please see the specific offering for BJCA members here.

Adult Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship – Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada

The Royal Jubilee Hospital in Canada,are pleased to offer experience and training on beautiful Vancouver Island in a high-volume tertiary care hospital serving a catchment area of approximately 1 million patients. Successful applicants will be enrolled in an intensive hands-on 2-year advanced clinical EP program focusing on state-of-the-art complex device and ablation techniques.

Trainees will work alongside 6 consultant EPs with broad interests in including radiofrequency and cryoablation, complex mapping (Carto and EnSite), intracardiac echocardiography, atypical atrial flutter ablation, venous alcohol ablation, ischemic and nonischemic PVC/VT (including epicardial access) ablation. Device experience will include CRT, venoplasty, snaring, S-ICD, leadless pacing, and conduction system pacing. Cardiogenetics and LAA occlusion exposure is also available.

We recommend contacting at least 18 months prior to the applicant’s anticipated start date. Currently enrolling for 2025. Please see for further details and application instructions.

Clinical Lecturer Positions in Oxford

Two highly competitive 6-year clinical lecturer positions have just advertised in Oxford, suitable for clinical academics at Cardiology registrar level who want to complete their clinical training while building up a research career in parallel.

Full job advertisement: Job Details (

Introduction into Pacemakers and ICDs
9th -10th May 2023, 10:00-16:00

This two-day web-based course is an introduction to working with pacemakers and defibrillators and aimed at starter / early stage cardiology SpRs.

For more information, please download the flyer

Clinical Research Fellow in Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR)

The Leeds Cardiac MRI team are looking for a new clinical research fellow, working on one of their research themes in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging. The successful candidate will be involved in research studies that aim to better understand the effects of cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes or chronic inflammatory disease on cardiovascular health, evaluate the impact of coronary artery disease or valvular heart disease, or to study the effects of medical or interventional therapies using advanced CMR methods.

For further information, please click here.

Cardiology Fellowships

The BJCA are often provided details of fellowships (both clinical and research) to advertise. We have developed a system for uploading and displaying fellowships (and consultant posts) on the BJCA website:

Current fellowships/jobs the BJCA is aware of can be found here:
To post details of a fellowship/job for the website, go here:

Please circulate to any members of your departments who have fellowship opportunities to advertise.

BSH MDT Meeting 2023 – Getting on the right track
Thursday 4th May – Friday 5th May 2023, Golden Jubilee Hotel, Glasgow

The BSH have a limited number of sponsored a places for physiologists and trainees at their MDT meeting in May.

This offer is on a ‘first come first served basis’, so please do ask them to contact us asap to ensure a place by emailing

For more information on the meeting please click here.

Download Programme

Chronic Total Occlusion: An Introduction to CTO PCI

You’re invited to the nineteenth ‘Chronic Total Occlusion: An Introduction to CTO PCI’ meeting at Leicester Marriott Hotel on 25 May, 2023.

Aimed at cath lab staff, trainees and more senior CTO PCI operators who are still on the learning curve, the day-long meeting aims to demystify CTO PCI techniques and practice, whilst providing helpful tips. Featuring an esteemed faculty, expect discussions on how to set-up, grow and improve CTO PCI service, hands-on demonstration sessions, lectures and live cases!

Register for free:

Practical IVUS & OCT 2023

Join us at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, on Tuesday, 9 May, for Practical IVUS & OCT! Now in its fourteenth year, the meeting aims to provide the essential knowledge base and interpretation skills needed to adopt IVUS and OCT into your cath lab successfully.

The one-day meeting is ideal for interventional consultants, registrars and allied cath lab professionals. So, what are you waiting for?

Register for free here:

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