BJCA Newswire – 2nd December 2022

BJCA Device Programming Course 2023

This highly-rated course is back in 2023!

This 4-part virtual course is designed to deliver and certify Cardiology trainees in the device programming competencies outlined in the Device Programming tool in the new Curriculum.

It has been designed by BJCA, implanting trainees & Consultants in the UK and Medtronic. For 2023, it has now also been endorsed by BHRS.
The highly interactive course runs once every two years to give every trainee a chance to attend during core training but is also valuable for subspecialty trainees with on call commitments. Using slides, programmer simulation and case examples we take a trainee who hasn’t used a device programmer before to foundational competency. Please see the flyer attached for each session’s breakdown and what we will cover, including PBLSTOP assessment, identifying lead failure vs dislodgement, inappropriate and appropriate ICD shocks.

After completion, trainees should feel more capable to manage brady- and tachy- device presentations in the emergency department and Device clinic. In the final session we will go through logbook requirements to complete the curriculum tool as well.

The first session is on Thursday 2nd February at 17:30. And then the following 3 Thursdays in Feb. Sign up is via: 
Please register on the link for login details and reminders.

Any questions, please email Nikhil Ahluwalia

BCS Women in Cardiology Talent Directory

The BCSWIC committee have recently launched a talent directory of WIC working in the UK. Women are consistently under-represented on speaker panels, advisory boards, writing groups etc and BCSWIC are keen to redress the balance. If you are a WIC (trainee, staff grade or consultant) working in the UK and are happy to be approached for any of these opportunities or similar, please complete this short form –


Free registration open to members of the BJCA.
The goal of Europe AF 2022 is to present contemporary knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment of Atrial Fibrillation to a diverse audience of medical professionals.

Programme Available Here:  Europe AF Programme
To Register email: Emma @ Millbrook
More Info:

Introduction to Coronary Angiogram e-learning module

Invasive coronary angiography is a key diagnostic tool cardiologists should be familiar with. This interactive training module, developed by Dr Singh and Dr Hussain, sets the foundation for interpreting coronary angiography. It outlines:

•    The Key Anatomy of Coronary Arteries
•    Standard Views for Coronary Angiography
•    Right Coronary artery Views
•    Left Coronary artery Views

Certification is provided on completing the post-course quiz, which trainees can add to their portfolios.

Link to the resource on NHS Learning Hub:

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.

Leicester level 1 CMR course

17 – 19 January 2023 at the Clinical Education Centre.

This course will cover the basics of CMR imaging including MRI safety, physics and artefacts, ischaemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathies, valvular, and congenital heart disease and cardiac masses.

Cost: £500
Internal trainees: £300

More information here.

BTS Dragons Den Competition

The British Transplantation Society and NHS Blood & Transplant host an annual competition for trainees to submit ideas for clinical trials in transplantation and abstract submission is OPEN for the 2023 competition.

The session is on 1st March at the BTS Annual Congress in Edinburgh and the deadline for abstract submissions is 13th January.

Submissions are welcomed from medical and surgical trainees (at any stage) and collaborative submissions, including from trainee societies, are welcomed. We’re looking for ideas for a clinical trial in any solid organ transplantation field whether pre-, intra- or post-op.

The competition is hosted in a fun Dragons’ Den format in the style of the popular TV show with trainees pitching their proposals to a panel of clinical academics with experience of transplant research. The competition is a valuable opportunity for trainees to receive early support to further develop their ideas into successful trial proposals. The COBALT trial is a previous winner of the Dragons’ Den competition and is now successfully recruiting participants to an NIHR-funded feasibility trial assessing the effects of arteriovenous fistula ligation after kidney transplant surgery.

Trainees can submit 250-word abstracts to and are also welcome to get in touch via the same address prior to submission.

How to practically provide MRI for cardiac device patients

Dates (two evening webinars):
5th December 6pm
12th December 6pm

The goal of this webinar series is so trainees are kept up to date with new guidelines in an area of service growth – ensuring patients with cardiac devices have the same access to cancer, stroke and cardiac care reliant on MRI as everyone else. Imaging and device cardiologists Dr Anish Bhuva and Professor Charlotte Manisty will be leading four one-hour webinars on how to practically provide the service. This includes videos as if you are the scanner side, tips for programming devices and guidelines for MR Unlabelled devices.

Register here: or contact Anish Bhuva or Education Events at Abbott.

Thanks to Abbott for supporting the free registrations.

13th Advanced Cardiac Imaging Course

Friday 9 December 2022, online and free
A virtual and interactive course covering recent advances in cardiovascular imaging techniques. Topics will particularly cover coronary disease and valvular heart disease.

More information here.

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