BJCA Newswire –  28th July 2023

Book Now – National Training Day – 8 September 2023

This one-day course at the Royal College of Physicians in London covers a range of topics from the current cardiology curriculum. Sessions for the day include a multi-modality imaging quiz and interactive MDT discussion, and are tailored to address potential gaps in the training programme or areas trainees have identified as being of concern. The trainee rate is just £75, and booking closes on 31 August 2023.

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Adult Congenital Heart Disease 2023 – 12 & 13 October 2023

BCS‘ Adult Congenital Heart Disease course, led by Dr Sarah Bowater and Dr Kate English, takes place on 12/13 October at The Royal College of Physicians in London. Expert ACHD Cardiologists lead delegates through a series of lectures, case based discussions and interactive Q&A sessions on this rapidly developing field. The programme is now available – Book here.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) Hybrid Symposium: Cardiology – Thursday 9 November 2023

Health professionals encounter a variety of cardiac presentations in daily clinical practice. This symposium will place emphasis on clinical assessment and treatment, whilst important novel developments will be reviewed in the context of existing evidence-based and accepted practices. This symposium aims to be interactive and thought-provoking. Topics covered will include:

  • Heart failure
  • Valve disease (Tricuspid)
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Genetics
  • Cardiac imagine
  • Arrhythmias
  • ECGs
  • Implantable devices

This symposium should be of interest to any health professional faced with seeing patients with cardiac conditions and symptoms. It is aimed at doctors and health professionals in training, general physicians, whilst remaining relevant to even the most experienced Cardiologists involved in general Cardiology.

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The British Heart Rhythm Society (BHRS) has opened registration for two exciting practical days exclusively to its members!  The EP Traces Day and Hands-On Simulator Training Day will take place at The Midland Hotel Manchester. You can choose to attend one or both days!

The hands-on simulator training day on 7th November is an intensive day of training in a range of device and EP skills.  This is aimed at core and arrhythmia sub-speciality cardiology trainees and allied professionals seeking hands-on introductory and refresher experience.  There will be over 25 training stations available from a range of companies including Abbott, Botronik, Boston Scientific and Medtronic.  You choose which training stations you want to attend.

A separate EP Traces Day will take place 6th November.  This is a free hands-on practical demonstration day with training provided on EP simulators.

For more information, click here.

British Transplantation Physician Trainee Society

A new group for physicians trainees interested in solid organ transplantation (comparable to the Herrick Society) has been established with the support of The British Transplantation Society. This group is for all trainees from all backgrounds across medical training. We aim to support education, training and research as well as represent physician trainee views around issues pertinent to solid organ transplantation. If you are interested in being kept informed as the society develops (not formal membership at this stage) please complete the link which follows by 31st August 2023 (and vote on what we should name the society!).

Specific queries can be directed to Kaitlin Mayne –  Please complete the attached form.

Stress Echo and TOE Courses September 2023

Stress Echocardiography:  Monday 11th September 2023. 
The course covers a wide range of topics including ischaemic, contrast & diastolic stress echo, structural/valve (HCM, AS, MR, MS) stress echo and includes both interactive lectures and read with the experts.

TOE: Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th September 2023.  
The course covers 2D, 3D, structural/cath lab intervention, valves, cardiomyopathy, tumours, endocarditis, GUCH/ACHD and includes both interactive lectures and case-based learning.

For more information and to register, click here.

ESC Associations Working Groups & Councils

The ESC is committed to helping trainee cardiologists in developing their careers, offering various opportunities to support trainees. As part of this mission, here is a gentle reminder that multiple subspecialty grants and fellowship opportunities are available on the ESC website so please do not hesitate to apply and spread the word to your respective communities. You will find here enclosed a list of current grants available along with the weblinks to access it.

Grants list.

Next episode of PMHx- Dr Ed Rowland: establishing Cardiac Electrophysiology in the UK

Continuing our series of conversations with doctors who have had a profound impact on our specialty, we bring the next episode of Past Medical Histories.

In this episode we sat down with Dr Edward Rowland, Consultant Cardiac Electrophysiologist at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and recently awarded an OBE for services to Cardiology. Dr Rowland was one of the first Cardiologists appointed with a subspecialist interest in EP. Literally developing the tools for catheter ablation and doing the first SVT ablation in the UK is an inspirational story to hear and we hope you enjoy watching here:

Catch up on all episodes in this inspirational series here:

New echo skills days for registrars running national from September – November 2023

The British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) has launched a pilot programme of echo skills days in collaboration with the British Junior Cardiologists Association (BJCA).

The programme aims to alleviate the difficulty some registrars experience in accessing echocardiography training and will facilitate the acquisition of basic skills as well as introductions to echo training leads in their local area.

Taking place over five days from September – November 2023, the programme will initially open to ST4 cardiologists as you begin your training posts, but may be made available to a wider audience should places be available later in the summer.

The skills days will use live models and include basic echo training: how to hold the probe; how to operate the scanners; what measurements to take; basics on report writing etc. Crucially, the faculty leading the days will be the training leads in those regions enabling the registrars to meet the people who will be training them in their centres and therefore removing the obstacle many registrars find of knowing whom to contact within echo departments.

To supplement the learning there will also be online content provided. This will take the format of eLearning modules including MCQs to be completed pre and post the course.

Dates for your diary

  • Friday 22nd September 2023, Newcastle
  • Monday 25th September 2023, Manchester
  • Wednesday 27th September 2023, Bristol
  • Monday 30th October 2023, London South
  • Tuesday 14th November 2023, London North

Click here to register your interest.

Flexible and LTFT Working in Cardiology Resource

A BJCA/BCS working group of LTFT trainees and consultants have produced a new document, which was presented at this months BCS conference. Available here: It is a comprehensive guide for Cardiologists who plan to or currently work LTFT.  It covers the eligibility and application process across the four nations, with guidance for trainees, consultants, trainers, supervisors, assessors and rota coordinators.

We hope you find this to be a useful. For further information email BJCA LTFT rep Will Jenner

Introduction to Cardiac Structural Interventions (ICSI-UK) 2023

University Hospitals Nottingham NHS Trust  are excited to announce that we will be organising the “Introduction to Cardiac Structural Intervention (ICSI-UK)” for the second successive year on the Friday 3rdNovember 2023 at the Marriot Nottingham, Belfry. Last years conference in 2022 was a great success, attended by around 80 participants from all over the world including Spain, India and Sri Lanka. The feedback has been excellent. This course is designed for Interventional Consultant at early stages of their careers in structural interventions, Cardiology trainees and Interventional trainees, with an interest in structural interventions. Attendees will experience in-depth education, hands-on simulations, and step-by-step instructions for common procedures while building the confidence with anatomical abnormalities using case- and simulation-based imaging. Attendees will also gain valuable clinical skills and an opportunity to connect with some of the pioneers of structural interventions in the United Kingdom.

View programme.

Cardiac Devices – Technology & Troubleshooting – 25th September 2023

Interested in cardiac devices – technology and troubleshooting? This Medtronic-sponsored 1 day virtual course will take place on Mon 25th Sep 2023. It is newly created to specifically help prepare for device accreditation. It will include case studies, questions and answers to consolidate topics relating to pacemaker, ICD and CRT devices. To register, see the attached flyer or e-mail

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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