BJCA Newswire –  5th April 2024

BJCA Survey 2024 – Now Open!

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.

BCS Elections, 2024 Nominations

The BCS is currently inviting nominations for a wide variety of BCS posts. 17 elected positions are available – 4 officer posts, 2 Council posts and 11 committee posts, including 2 posts on the new Environment and Sustainability Committee. If you are an Ordinary Member of the BCS you are eligible to nominate people for the roles and should have received emails from Civica (formerly Electoral Reform Services) on behalf of the BCS, inviting nominations, with a closing date of 11.59pm on Wednesday 10 April.

For more information, please click here.

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

Stress Echocardiography:  Monday 22nd April 2024, CCT Venue Smithfield, London

The course covers a wide range of topics including ischaemic, structural/valve (HCM, AS, MR, MS) & diastolic stress echo and includes both interactive lectures and read with the experts.

For futher information and how to register, click here.

An Introduction to Cardiac CT with 50 cases: Monday 22nd April 2024, Luton & Dunstable University Hospital, Luton

Join us for this 1 day Cardiac CT course, which will provide you with an introduction to Cardiac CT with interpretation of 50 cases. Topics covered including technical principles of cardiac CT and its application to imaging the heart, patient preparation and the basics of Cardiac CT interpretation. This course provides 6 CPD credits in accordance with the CPD scheme of the Royal College of Radiologists. For further information and to book a place, please visit our website at

UK Maternal Cardiology Society (UKMCS) Trainee Conference – 22nd April 2024

The UKMCS is proud to present a not-for profit, trainee focused educational day on presentations of cardiac emergencies in maternal/obstetric care. The day is centred around a combination of multi-speciality case based discussions and lectures by an expect faculty. The programme has been aimed at and mapped to Cardiology, O+G, Anaesthetic and Intensive Care curricula and aimed at the ST3+ level but all who are interested are welcome. A full programme will be published shortly on the UKMCS website. The event, which is to be hosted at Engineers House in Bristol benefits from on-site parking, a later start time to reduce rush hour stress and is fully catered.

UKMCS members with receive a discount and can be applied for by any new members also. Membership for trainees can be obtained for only £30 via the UKMCS website and selecting the associate tier; this also comes with a variety of discounts to our other educational events.

To register, please click here.
Click here to download programme.

North East Coronary Angiography & Vascular Access Course: 22nd April 2024, Tyne & Wear

This is a one day course on North East Coronary Angiography & Vascular Access taking place at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.

To view the course agenda and register your place, visit the NECEP website.  Course cost is £100.

For enquiries, please email

How to Manage Calcium: 24th April, All Nations Centre, Cardiff

Free one day course in Cardiff, registration comes with travel and accommodation.
All welcome, we encourage trainees to bring their complex calcium cases!

For further information and how to register, please click here.

BSH Multi-Disciplinary Training Meeting: 25th April 2024, Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Glasgow

The British Society for Heart Failure is delighted to invite you to apply for a funded place at this year’s BSH Multi-Disciplinary Training Meeting on 25 and 26 April in Glasgow. We have 15 places available to members of the BJCA with 1 night’s accommodation also available on a first come first served basis. Travel grants of up to £100 will also available. We will be bringing together delegates from all over the UK for 2 days of high quality education; lectures from renowned specialists, case studies, workshops, discussion, a delegate dinner and a careers café. This year we are delving into the future of heart failure with talks, hands-on workshops and demonstrations. To find out more please click on our events site MDT Meeting 2024 (, check out the FAQs and contact us on email: with your BJCA membership details.

South Coast Electrophysiology Conference: 25th April 2024, University Hospital Southampton

This is a one-day conference, where experts from across the country will discuss the latest technological advancements in electrophysiology and devices. They will also be addressing current controversies in the field and discussing their approaches to challenging presentations.

The conference will be held at University Hospital Southampton and will be targeted to Consultant Cardiac Electrophysiologists as well EP Fellows and Registrars, GPs with a special interest in cardiac rhythm management, cardiac physiologists and specialist arrhythmia nurses.

The conference is free to attend,  due to limitations in places, only those with a confirmed place will be able to attend.

To register, please email –
View programme

BHRS Accreditation for Physicians: Registration for inaugural Physician Exam Now Open

2024 marks the introduction of BHRS Accreditation for Physicians. Aimed at trainees at ST6 grade and beyond, this exam focuses on the advanced theme of “Leading an arrhythmia service.”
Achieving physician accreditation in this specialised field will not only demonstrate your expertise but also serve as compelling evidence of completing the advanced training theme.

The inaugural Physician exam is set for May 15, 2024, with registration NOW OPEN here

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 Congential 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:

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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