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: https://wondrmedical.net/ch/BJCA
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: https://bjca.tv/flexible-working/ 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 cardiologyLTFT@gmail.com
Coronary Physiology Intravascular Imaging (IVUSOCT) Course
North East Cardiology Education Programme is organizing its first ‘Coronary Physiology and Intra-vascular Imaging (IVUS/OCT) Course, to be held at Hilton Gateshead, 2nd October 2023.
This course is aimed to enhance understanding of basic concepts of coronary flow indices and intravascular imaging. Target audience is ST5 onwards trainees with interest in coronary intervention. Trainee numbers has been limited to 15 places only for this course, to keep it interactive and give everyone ample time to practice.
They will provide hand-on sessions (group of 3-5) that will include vessel assessment including lesion identification, stent sizing and optimization. These sessions will have direct supervision of experts to support their training needs.
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.
Mastering Aortic Disease Management: AortaEd
An exceptional platform spearheaded by The Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust, this set of AortaEd resources equips healthcare professionals with a comprehensive understanding of aortic dissection. Spanning a wide range of topics, from recognising symptoms to delivering diagnostic advice, exploring therapeutic interventions, and providing informed prognoses. Content curated by subject matter experts including Graham Cooper, a renowned Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, and Prof Aung Oo, a prominent Consultant Aortic Surgeon, presents engaging, interactive sessions, medical case studies, informative blogs, podcasts and more.
We invite you to immerse yourself in this resource-rich platform bit.ly/AD-HCP-resources
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 email@example.com.
British Society of Echocardiography workforce report 2023
The BSE has published an independent report, authored by Professor Alison Leary (Chair of Healthcare & Workforce Modelling at London South Bank University), addressing the key issues in the echo workforce as described by the echocardiographers themselves. Importantly, this report makes practical recommendations which can be relatively easily implemented to address the ongoing capacity issues which are concerning us all. It prioritises retention which is essential to us building a sustainable workforce for the short, medium and long term. You will find the report here.
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: https://bjca.tv/fellowships/
To post details of a fellowship/job for the website, go here: https://bjca.tv/post-a-fellowship/
Please circulate to any members of your departments who have fellowship opportunities to advertise.