BJCA Newswire –  28th April 2023

Trainee reps sought for BCS Committees

The BCS has opened recruitment for a number of trainee rep position on its Committees as follows:

Details of each of the Committees can be seen in the accompanying role descriptors (links above).

Trainee representatives are normally appointed on to a BCS Committee for a period of 3 years with a 6-month lead in time to this 3-year period allowing for an overlap with the current trainee reps to support transition and continuity. The 6-month lead in period will run from 30th May 2023 and the three year term will officially commence on Monday 27th November 2023 and will run until 26th November 2026. Minimum attendance requirements for members (including trainee reps) is 75%.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the inner workings of the Society at an early stage and help influence and shape our activities to support the broader strategic aims of the BCS.

The application process will close on Friday 19 May at 5pm. Further information on how to apply can be found here.

Have you completed the 2023 BJCA Survey yet?

The BJCA 2023 survey is still live for you to have your say. 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.

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.

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

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

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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