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Cardiovascular Medicine

We offer a well-balanced mix of high-quality general and sub-specialty cardiology training in busy district general hospitals and within a nationally recognised regional cardio-thoracic centre.

Doctor using a screen to see a cardiac test on a patientCardiology is one of the most popular and varied medical specialties. It uses a wide range of clinical activities in the care and management of patients with heart disease, using both preventative and therapeutic options. Cardiology has a strong multi-professional approach which means collaborative working with other medical specialties, surgeons, specialist nurses and allied health professionals.

Wessex provides 31 training posts, plus seven fellowships, and our goal is to produce talented, enthusiastic doctors who excel at cardiology. The majority of our trainees who complete their CCT take up consultant positions or undertake further sub-specialty training in dedicated fellowships, both in the UK and abroad.

Wessex offers a wide range of sub-specialties including:

  • Coronary intervention
  • Electrophysiology
  • Pacing and devices
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Heart failure
  • Adult congenital heart disease.

 

Where we provide training

We provide excellent training at the following hospitals:

 

Other opportunities for trainees

Wessex does all it can to support out-of-programme experience. Many trainees choose to undertake a period of research during their training which often leads to an MD or PhD. We also encourage medical work abroad, and we have good links with hospitals overseas, particularly in Southern Sudan.

In addition to cardiology specialty fellowships, Wessex offers medical education fellowships, which will help some trainees take up lead educator positions at the end of training; Quality Improvement Fellowships, which develop a greater understanding of quality improvement within the NHS; and International Fellowships, available for part of the year in South Africa, Cambodia and Kenya.

Many specialties also dual accredit with General Internal Medicine. There is a comprehensive programme of training days arranged throughout the year covering the G(I)M curriculum. The newly appointed Training Programme Directors for general medicine ensure that trainees fulfil the requirements for dual accreditation so that they are eligible to apply for Consultant posts requiring commitment to the medical on-call rota.

There is excellent experience of unselected medical on-call available throughout the region.

What makes Wessex different?

Wessex has an exceptional programme of professional master-classes to support your ongoing professional development and development as a leader. There is also a well-developed Educator Training programme and a wll supported annual Medical Education conference.

We also offer monthly cardiology training days, run by different Wessex hospitals. The expectation is that trainees attend 70% of training days and hospitals are encouraged to make this possible by ensuring that clinics and other ward obligations are covered. National meetings are incorporated into the programme such as the BCS conference trainees' day and the BCS autumn trainees' meeting.

Is this right for you?

If you've talent, enthusiasm and dedication, and you are willing to work hard, training with Wessex is for you. There are a range of opportunities across the various sub-specialties, but you'll need to be focused to make the most of them.

What to do next

Follow the links on the right-hand side of this page for more information. 

The Wessex Cardiology Trainees website is a well-developed trainee-run resource that serves as a portal for information from Health Education Wessex, BCS, BJCA, SAC, STC and all the other major stakeholders. This includes, but is not limited to:Wessex Cardiology Trainees Logo

  • training day information,
  • national meeting details,
  • links to fellowships and job adverts,
  • evening meetings,
  • reports from meetings.

 

Trainees can sign up on this website to receive notification of new posts.

Contacts

Please see these pages for a list of contacts:

School of Medicine Contacts

Specialty Specific Contacts

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