BJCA Newswire –  26th April 2024

Final reminder: The BJCA Survey 2024 – Closes on Tuesday 30th April 2024, 5pm

It’s the most important time of the year again, the BJCA 2024 survey is now 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 an NTN or not. Some important changes that have come from the survey data in the last 12 months include:

1)   Better echo training provision and simulation training
2)   Produced annual reports of deaneries to hold them to account
3)   Provided essential data to ensure that BCS, the SAC, and JRCPTB must continue to acknowledge issues around the new curriculum, training conditions and trainee welfare and lobby for meaningful change moving forward.

This year’s survey has a focus on the impact of physician associates on cardiology training, along with important sections on the impact of the new curriculum on academic training and inequalities in study budgets and training course access. The survey should take a maximum of 20 minutes to complete (link below) and please encourage all your colleagues to complete the survey.

As always we are offering the chance to win FREE registration to ESC Congress which this year is in London between August 30th to September 2nd. We have 50 free registrations up for grabs and all responders who complete the survey and add their details on the final page of the survey can be entered into the prize draw.

Survey closes on Tuesday 30th April 2024, 5pm.

BCS 2024 Update: Education Zone – Registration opens on Monday 29th April 2024.

BCS’ Education Zone opens on Monday with lots of slots available for our free simulation and imaging training! Login to your conference booking and you’ll have first pick of timings for these popular free sessions! Masterclasses will be available to book from early May so keep an eye out for the date in future mailings.

For more more information, click here. Early Bird deadline has been extended to Tuesday 7th May, 11.59pm. 

BJCA Council Applications and Nominations

A number of positions on BJCA council are now open for applications from current BJCA members. These include the President, Secretary, Treasurer, SAC Rep, WIC Rep, LTFT Rep and BSE Rep positions. I would be happy to discuss any of these positions with anyone interested (

How to apply:
1. The candidate must be proposed and seconded by a BJCA member.
2. The candidate will be requested to provide a copy of their statement (max 250 words) supporting their candidacy.
3. Please submit your nominations by Friday 3rd May at 5pm to

BCS 2024 Quiz – 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 the BCS conference quiz this year.

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

Categories: Imaging (any modality), PCI/Structural, EP/Devices, Heart Failure, ACHD

Submit your cases directly to Prof Mark Westwood

We can of course provide certificates of thanks for your portfolios.

CardioStars: a research translation and commercialisation programme from the British Heart Foundation

CardioStars is designed to help physicians and scientists take their research discoveries and turn them into products and businesses that can make a difference to patients. The programme provides a crash course in research translation, innovation and entrepreneurship. It offers exceptional networking opportunities, expert mentoring from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors, and advice from professional advisers, including patent attorneys.

The programme is funded by the BHF and participation is offered free of charge. We are particularly keen to enrol cardiologists at the early stages of their research career, including those undertaking MDs and PhDs. No prior experience or a specific idea is required, just an interest and eagerness to learn.

For further information or to express your interest in the programme visit

Free Virtual ACHD Sessions: Part 1. Simple Lesions – Tuesday 21st May 2024, 9am – 1pm

Are you struggling to access ACHD training opportunities to supplement your ACHD CIPs? Virtual ACHD Sessions are offering you the opportunity to spend a morning learning about simple lesions in ACHD to supplement your training. Through the form of online PBL, you will consolidate your knowledge and acquire new foundations to ensure you are confident in dealing with ACHD patients and prepared for the EECC exam.

If you would like to attend, please email:

This event is supported by the British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA).

BHRS EP Traces and Hands-on Simulation Days: 10-11 June 2024 at Delta Hotels by Marriott, Bristol City Centre

On the 10th June Dr Simon Modi’s ever popular EP traces.
Followed by 11th June a wealth of opportunity for all trainees wanting: pericardiocentesis simulation, hands on CIED programming, mentis device implant simulation (including CRT and CSP). For budding ablationists also transeptal puncture, hands on 3D mapping, Bard workstations and a range of other tech. DOPS available on request.

For more information and to register, please click here.

London Arrhythmia Summit: 14 June 2024, The King’s Fund, London

The London Arrhythmia Summit aims to provide high-quality arrhythmia and pacing education in a succinct one-day format in the UK. The talks are short and focussed with key take-home messages highlighted in a retainable manner. Some presentations will have provocative titles to enable drilling down to key clinical questions that we often ask in routine patient care. There will be no-holds-barred debates with heavyweights in the arrhythmia field tackling challenging clinical scenarios and questions. There is plenty of opportunity for audience interaction with our prestigious faculty through the multiple Ask the Expert sessions.  Just £49.00 for trainees.

Early bird registration open:

Liverpool Structural Cardiology Course: 12 July 2024, The Muncipal Hotel, Liverpool

The Liverpool Structural Cardiology Simulation Course is a full day, hands-on course designed to offer a comprehensive and in depth experience on all aspects of structural intervention. It will give delegates exposure to TAVI, TEER (Mitral Valve intervention), PFO/ASD closure, left atrial appendage occluders as well as core skills such as vascular closure and transeptal puncture. The course is heavily subsidised and has limited spaces. All Cardiology trainees are welcome and delegates will be grouped according to their experience level for an individualised experience.

For more information on how to register, please click here /download programme.

Any queries should be directed towards

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.

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