BJCA Newswire –  8th September 2023

HeadStart in Cardiology 2023 – Saturday 7th October 2023 – Now Fully Booked

Within a few days of going live, HeadStart in Cardiology 2023 was fully booked. We have set up a waiting lists for the event and are attempting to secure funding for further places. In the meantime, if you’re a new ST4 (including those starting in October) and haven’t managed to secure a place, please do contact your local BJCA rep so that we can try to prioritise you if further places become available.

To join the waiting list, please click here.

BJCA Device Implanter and Troubleshooting Course – November 2023

The most highly attended BJCA course is back.

The BJCA-Medtronic Device Implanter and Troubleshooting course follows on from your Device Programming Course that took place in February.

The sessions are designed for Cardiology ST4, ST5 and Clinical Fellows who have some experience in Pacemaker/ICD implantation but not routinely as first operator in your training. (See the related CiP and procedural components from the 2022 curriculum below).
Sign up here.

This 4-part series will run on Thursday evenings starting from 9th November at 17:30. We will have expert faculty commentating step-by-step alongside a PPM and CRT case and sharing their personal tips and tricks.

And as requested, we’ve also added more Device Programming troubleshooting for you too!

Related curriculum points:

  • Specialty CiP 3 (at Level 4): “Assess, investigate and instigate management in asymptomatic and symptomatic patients at risk of arrhythmic events including identifying patients who may be indicated cardiovascular implanted electronic devices (‘implantable devices’) and electrophysiological study and ablation”
  • Pacemaker implantation (at level 3- under supervision)

Register today at

BJCA Cardiology Handbook 2023

We have completely revamped the BJCA Cardiology Induction Handbook this year. This is the definitive resource for new cardiology ST4s. The new handbook includes details on the 2023 curriculum and a load of top tips for new cardiology registrars. The handbook can be found here.

Sessions for Trainees at HRC2023 – 8-10 October

With the UK’s largest Heart Rhythm Congress just weeks away, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the sessions for trainees.

Firstly, there’s the dedicated trainee session, chaired by Dr Keenan Saleh, EP Fellow and Dr Sharon Man, Cardiology ST7 SpR. The session will include presentations from arrhythmia experts on a variety of topics followed by Q&A sessions.

Other sessions of interest for trainees include: EGM Championship, Young Investigators Competition – Clinical Science, Young Investigators Competition – Basic Scientist, and the EP traces course. The EP traces course is a separate session with limited places. A small fee is payable, and attendance is only guaranteed by registration. Please ensure you select the EP Traces course when registering for HRC2023 or add it to your current registration here.

NEW this year is ‘Meet The Expert’ to discuss career and development opportunities. Registration is FREE if you register for HRC2023 however places are limited as we will host small groups for a personal discussion with our experts.

Registration is still open and please remember that Arrhythmia Alliance medical subscribers receive discounted rates.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email

Worldwide EXCELLENCE for Young Cardiologists Webinars – September, October, November and December

Worldwide EXCELLENCE for young cardiologists is an advanced programme addressed to young cardiologists, aimed at deepening their theoretical and practical knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases. Follow the 4 modules (in 8 webinars) to improve your competences with 4 recognised international cardiology centers.

For more information, please click here. You can join the programme here.

Annual Complex High-Risk Indicated (CHIP) PCI meeting – 9th and 10th of November 2023

Fantastic educational content and some social time with colleagues – for FREE? The Golden Jubilee National Hospital is pleased to invite you back for the annual Complex High-Risk Indicated (CHIP) PCI meeting on the 9th and 10th of November 2023.

The meeting receives great feedback from trainees each year, showcasing the challenges and key considerations when managing these complex patients with coronary artery disease. Featuring a world-class, MDT faculty from across the UK and abroad, attendees can expect a mixture of live cases, lectures and case-based discussions with the panel. The theme for this year’s meeting is “revascularisation failure in the CHIP space”. Topics include calcium modification equipment and techniques, intracoronary imaging, and age considerations for mode of revascularisation.

Further information available here. Attendance is free. Limited spaces for free accommodation at the Beardmore hotel also available. Register now to not miss out!

Survey of cardiologists, adult cardiac surgeons and heart team allied healthcare professionals of any grade

Fractional flow reserve (FFR) and instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) are invasive methods to measure the functional significance of coronary lesions. FFR remains the gold standard for assessing hemodynamically significant stenosis in revascularization, while iFR is a newer tool that does not require vasodilator administration.

Their utility for CABG is unclear. This convenience survey aims to gather professional opinions on how FFR and iFR influence clinical decision-making in CABG. This short survey consists of a series of questions aimed at evaluating your familiarity and use of FFR and iFR in CABG, as well as their perceived advantages and disadvantages.

Complete survey here.

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub: Past Medical Histories Episode 5 out now

In our season finale, we are proud to share our inspirational conversation with one of the most impactful doctors from the UK. Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub had an illustrious career, coming to the UK as a Fellow, and went on to revolutionise Cardiology and Cardiac surgery, pioneering innovative techniques and saving countless lives through his work in London and across the world with his charity, Chain of Hope.

He shares his core principles and most memorable experiences in this discussion and we hope it will serve to inspire you to hear the impact you can have in your medical career.

Enjoy our four preceding discussions of PMHx with other change-makers from UK cardiology to learn from the greats of our past.

All available now at:

Beyond Aortic Stenosis symposium – Friday 6th October 2023

Beyond Aortic Stenosis will take place on Friday 6 October at the Royal College of Physicians, London. The face-to-face event will focus on novel therapies and devices, and importantly patient access to new treatments in this country.

There will be an emphasis on the multidisciplinary team and as such the symposium is aimed at cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, allied health professionals, as well as industry partners and patients with an interest in valvular heart disease.

Session titles include:

  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Mitral Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Commissioning in England
  • Valve MDT Conundrums

For more information, please click here.

BHVS Annual Meeting  – 13 October 2023

The British Heart Valve Society (BHVS) are pleased to invite trainees interested in structural intervention, cardiac imaging and surgery to join us for our annual meeting at the Royal College of Physicians, entitled:
‘State of the Art Management in Heart Valve Disease’ a collaboration of experts
Sessions include:

  •          State of the art in transcatheter heart valve interventions
  •          State of the art in heart valve surgery
  •          State of the art in minimally invasive surgery

Trainees in surgical, transcatheter or imaging fields are encouraged to  submit relevant clinical cases and abstracts (original research or service improvement). A best abstract/clinical case from each of the three subspecialty fields will be awarded and the winners will receive free registration for a BHVS meeting in 2024. Submission deadline: Sunday 17 September.

For more information and to register, click here

National Conference on Lipid Management and ACS diagnostics

Join us for this conference that will combine interactive lectures, intriguing debates and practical workshops. It will showcase the latest technology and evidence around diagnosis of ACS and management of lipids.

All speakers are at the genuine forefront of their respective fields and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to impart.
The conference is taking place on the 25th of September in The Royal College of Physicians building in Liverpool. A state of the art venue renowned for its brilliant views of the city and its amazing food.

All delegates will get a certificate of attendance and will be awarded 7 CPD points. Perfect to be used as evidence of learning in portfolios!
The first 30 delegates to sign up will get a reduced early bird ticket price!

Please visit the website: To view the programme for the day and sign up.

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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Sign up for an intensive day of hands-on training in Manchester. This day is for core and arrhythmia sub-speciality cardiology trainees and allied professionals seeking hands-on intro & refresher experience. You can fully personalise your timetable for the day with over 30 training stations to choose from! There are core, advanced and intermediate options available, you are welcome to decide the best options for your level of experience. Bursaries are available.

For more information visit

TOE Courses – 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.

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.

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.

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 3rd November 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.

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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