BCIS Council Elections 2020 Candidates

Dr Suneil Aggarwal

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

I am seeking election as a BCIS Council member as I believe that I can, and would, make a substantial contribution to the development of the society and to the effective, safe and open practice of interventional cardiology.

I trained in the North East Thames Deanery as an Academic Registrar and completed a specialist fellowship in structural intervention at UCL and Barts.  I was appointed to a consultant post at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital five years ago. I feel that I now have a good balance of experience (acquired in different geographies and clinical settings) – but with persisting youth and energy to give me the desire and capability to help shape our future.

I am fortunate to be active in the full range of intervention activity. I am part of our regional service for coronary intervention, working with colleagues in eight partner hospitals to better understand and solve the demands of emergency and urgent care provision.  I worked to establish ACHD intervention, which recently moved to Liverpool, and remain active with paediatric and ACHD colleagues.   I am the local lead for structural intervention, with a thriving valve program.  I hope that this will give me the ability to make a useful and broad contribution to the practice evolution we can anticipate in the next few years.

Our future depends on the ability to attract the next generation and provide effective and balanced training – for all the professional groups in the ‘intervention family’.  I will work to promote the efforts of the society to engage, enthuse and educate for all disciplines.   I have some experience in regional training initiatives and have also established a successful structural fellowship in Liverpool including the promotion and hosting of international exchange (EAPCI Fellows, Middle East, Far East, Australasia) to promote cultural awareness and a global approach to development in practice and research.

I can assure you of my commitment to this post and, if elected, would work hard and collaboratively to support the membership and the development of interventional practice.  I hope that I can attract your support.  Many thanks.

 

Dr Emmanuel Ako

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

I am an Interventional Cardiology Consultant at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust with dual accreditation in general internal medicine. I am one of a very few cardiologists with an interest and expertise in haemoglobinopathies and its impact on the cardiovascular circulation. This formed the basis of my clinical research using exercise CMR to better understand the cardiovascular system in this condition, while developing novel invasive CMR techniques. This resulted in a Young Investigators award from the American College of Cardiology.

I have several peer reviewed publications and presented at national and international conferences. I am part of the guideline working group for the British Haematology Society and simulation group of the British Cardiovascular Society. Working with various government organisations and charities across the world, I have set up education and training platforms on cardiovascular screening services nationally and internationally.

I played a key role in developing the cath lab immersive simulation training for cardiology and anaesthetic trainees across London and hold substantial education grants from Health Education England and Industry collaborations. I was instrumental in incorporating simulation into the cardiology curriculum and developed eLearning modules for training on the management of cardiovascular conditions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I developed several eLearning modules for upskilling doctors working in unfamiliar environments such as intensive care and respiratory units.

Through the development of innovative pathways, reduced length of stay for patients with NSTEMI’s and ambulatory care of troponin negative chest pains in my Trust. A pathway which has now been adopted by the Same Day Emergency Care Programme- NHS Improvement.

I am also the education lead for training at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust. I have received excellent feedback from trainees and Training programme directors on the training received while trainees were on rotation at the trust. The cardiology training programme at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust has been ranked top for North West London by trainees 3 years running. I am currently the principal investigator on several clinical trials including novel biomarkers, XATOA study and a multi-centre COVID-19 Artificial Intelligence study.

I believe in the adoption of technology for delivering effective and evidence-based patient care in all aspects of medicine. I have received awards for recognition of contribution to innovative approaches to education and training. Awards that include Medopad’s NHS Greatest Mind; NHS Test Bed Programme, Best Comprehensive Thrombosis management and short-listed for the BMJ awards 2020.

I am applying for the role of an Ordinary Member as I believe that BCIS is a unique Society that delivers world-class education and training while upholding clinical and professional standards. The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled the NHS forward in terms of digitisation bus also exposed concerns with regards to health inequalities. These challenges will require an individual with the skill set to ensure that BCIS plays an important role in redressing inequalities in cardiovascular care. Based on my experience, I will be able to complement and add to the priority areas of the society’s current and future needs.

Prof Richard Anderson

University Hospital of Wales and Llandough Hospital

I have been a full time clinical interventional consultant cardiologist for 15 years in a large university hospital. I perform a wide range of coronary intervention from stable disease management through to complex PCI in all its iterations. I regularly contribute to a regional NSTEMI fast track regional service and a large PPCI service within S Wales. I was an early adopter of coronary intervention via the radial access and have striven to be innovative throughout my practice for the betterment of patient care. I have been performing in TAVI since 2010 and have led commissioning committees in Wales to get TAVI started and other novel technologies approved within our speciality and into practice in Wales.

Since my initial appointment I have striven to improve not only my skills but those of my trainees and fellow consultants by being actively involved in both practical ‘hands on’ teaching but also helped organise and teach in more didactic based lectures set up through BCIS and industry. I teach annually at the senior trainees meeting and help in more didactic lecture-based teaching at junior trainee level. I have helped organise specific BCIS focused topic days eg Interventional Pharmacology which I feel have great value and would be keen to promote in future if appointed.

Throughout my time as a consultant, I have been involved in most aspects of clinical research in our specialty. I am the current Wales speciality lead for Cardiovascular Research and the health board R+D lead. I have been a PI, CI on numerous national and international multicentre studies. I have also been heavily involved in a number of smaller multicentre UK-only based PCI and TAVI studies resulting in many publications and demonstrating an ability to work across UK sites to maximize research outputs. I have previously attracted both BHF and industry funding to take forward my own research projects from genesis to completion and have over 75 peer reviewed publications. I have co-supervised 4 senior trainees to be successful in attaining 3 MD’s and 1 PhD degrees and have regularly examined MD and PhD degrees across a number of UK universities.

I have demonstrated an ability to work in the BCIS framework having spent 3 years on the BCIS R+D committee (2014-17) so appreciate many of the challenges and potential of any role within BCIS.

Why do I want to be a committee member?

I believe I have the all-round skills and breadth of experience that will be helpful to make a positive contribution to the BCIS committee.

My aspirations for this post include help optimize the allied healthcare professionals and trainee’s educational agenda; maximizing learning opportunities for consultants and I would actively promote the rebalancing of the gender inequality in our subspecialty through the training agenda

Actively promote and enhance the research opportunities that abound in our subspecialty.

In the brave new world post COVID pandemic, help shape the ongoing response we as a profession will have to make to our practice and where as a speciality we need to be in our interface with cardiac surgery. Optimizing our professional standards and interface with commissioners through BCIS are going to be crucial components of this response in the next few years.

I believe I have the right characteristics and experience for this role within BCIS and I will bring enthusiasm, experience and energy to this crucial role within BCIS if selected.

Dr Shrilla Banerjee

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

I am a Consultant Interventionalist who has been involved with BCIS and in particular Faculty for the ACI meeting for over 10 years. I am committed to help support and develop British Interventional Cardiology and wish to formalise this by applying for the role of Ordinary Member of BCIS Council.

I was appointed as a Consultant in 2005 at East Surrey Hospital, with associated links at the Heart Hospital (UCLH), and more recently, St Thomas’ Hospital, London. During this time, I have been instrumental in developing East Surrey Hospital , from an angiography-only centre, to a non-surgical PCI centre: in total we now perform over 800 PCI’s per year (including complex PCI and CTO ).

Throughout my career, I have been involved in addressing training issues and have tried to ensure that interventional cardiology is a specialty that is accessible to all. As a trainee, I was actively involved in setting up the precursor to the National Training Day. Subsequently, I was a pivotal member of the BCS Working Group in 2004, that focussed on training issues specific to women in general Cardiology: the resultant publication in Heart, has been used thereafter to shape inclusive policies. I was then elected as Women’s Officer for the British Cardiac Society and continued my input into education with a role on the BCS Education Committee . My contribution to addressing gender inequality within our specialty has been recognised in my invitation to co-chair the BCIS Focus Group on Women in Interventional Cardiology. I have also been invited as Faculty for the American College of Cardiology and am involved in the CLIMB programme. This is an initiative from the Women As One group, to nurture and support women in Interventional training. I am hoping to establish more innovative ways to support all our trainees, through my involvement in this programme.

Traditionally BCIS has appealed to only a selection of BCIS members . This has resulted in poor recruitment, retention and training of women, These are exciting times for BCIS with new leadership and a time in society where the need for change has become paramount. I would wish to help broaden the appeal of BCIS by representing non-surgical centres, AHP teams, our female members and the needs of all trainees.

I am recognised to be a good team player and am motivated and driven. By striving towards a more representative BCIS that leads the way in change , I hope that training for both men and women will be more enjoyable and more supportive. In particular I hope to highlight safety and work-life balance issues, and stress that they are not gender-specific or gender-dependent.

Dr Raj Chelliah

Castle Hill Hospital

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist & TAVI Lead

I am humbly putting myself forward for the position of Ordinary Member for BCIS Council.

I am an interventional cardiologist at Castle Hill Hospital, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, with specific expertise in complex PCI and TAVI. I am the highest volume operator in Hull with excellent outcomes and patient feedback. I also led the establishment of the TAVI service in Hull, and as TAVI lead, run a successful program to a previously underserved population within East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire.

In addition, I am Training Program Director for cardiology, with good feedback on our training program in national training surveys. Furthermore, one of my trainees has been voted the best BJCA rep for 2 consecutive years.

I was previously Clinical Governance lead for cardiology in Hull and also a Tutor for Hull York Medical School. My contributions led me to be a shortlisted finalist for the Hull Live Health and Care Awards 2019 for Outstanding Health Professional of the year.

If successful, I will ensure the continued success of BCIS, and also make it a society for all. I will bring a much needed both personal and professional diversity to the society. Traditionally, many institutions have been overlooked in both national and regional policy making, and I seek to address this balance. I am deeply concerned about access to treatment in all geographic locations in the UK. Establishing the TAVI service in Hull and resultant negotiations raised my awareness of the inequality in the provision of cardiac services in many geographic locations. BCIS must represent all interventional cardiologists in the UK, regardless of geography, background, sex or institution, and I feel that my appointment will go some way to providing assurance that this is truly a society for all.

I have built strong working relationships with colleagues nationally. If successful, I will continue to be supportive of every member and their institution, in order to advance interventional cardiology practices and bring about greater uniformity of services.

I am ready to work in conjunction with my colleagues in both the Training and Education, and Structural Intervention Working Groups. I am certainly committed to contributing to all meetings and electronic communications of the BCIS Council, to improve it’s profile.

In conclusion, I have the necessary clinical, academic, managerial and personal experience to be an Ordinary Member of BCIS Council and look forward to your support in order to strengthen BCIS.

Dr Derek Connolly

Birmingham City Hospital

Thank you for considering voting for me. My name is Derek and I have been an I Interventional Cardiologist at Birmingham City Hospital for the last 20 years and I have been a member of BCIS since my Senior Registrar days in Cambridge in the 1990s.

There are only 700 of us interventionists beavering away 24 hours a day, 365 days a year [366 days this year] keeping the 70 million people in the UK safe from MI. I passionately believe that BCIS is there for the members and our strength is when we talk as a single voice. It is important we continue to provide clear cut national guidance. We can then use these documents locally to both strengthen our services and provide us with a good life work balance.

I realise we cannot stand still and BCIS is the way we introduce new technology to all our members. I was integral to one of the UK’s first Primary Angioplasty Programmes and I also early Cardiac CT / CTFFR programme [which finds lots of PCIs and is useful in our CTO and TAVI programmes].

I am also our Trust’s Director of Research and run lots of trials in secondary prevention. I believe that BCIS is perfectly positioned to mirror our colleagues in Sweden and elsewhere to produce world class research data to help improve our patients’ outcomes.

I believe in educating our trainees. I feel fortunate that many of my former trainees are now performing brilliantly as Consultant Interventional Cardiologists around the world. We must always aim to be a National Health Service that people aspire to work in. The best way of doing this is to continue be a beacon of high quality, research-based clinical excellence in intervention.

I am married to a cardiac physiologist and realise that we need to continue support our wonderful allied professionals. I support BCIS in our drive to become the host organisation of everyone involved in cardiovascular intervention. The cath lab truly is a team environment when everyone plays their part.

With this is mind [and as the father of 4 daughters as well as 1 son] I fully support the drive to inclusivity and egality. It is truly imperative that all our members feel that they belong.

Lastly, I think the horrid COVID pandemic has taught us lots of lessons. One of the most important things is that technology has “come of age”. The advantage of webinars and zoom MDTs is that we are increasingly comfortable sharing experiences on-line. I believe that BCIS will grasp that momentum and our on-line presence will educate the world.

Thank you again for considering voting for me and you can find me on twitter at @drderekconnnolly.

Dr Sami Firoozi

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

I would like to put myself forward for this position on the Council. I have 12 years experience at consultant level at St George’s Hospital in London as an interventionist engaged in both coronary and structural intervention.

Over this period I have been involved in service development in the area of complex PCI and structural intervention at my hospital. I have also been heavily involved in undergraduate teaching as well as training of registrars and interventionl fellows. I have maintained academic work with publications in the field of TAVI and coronary disease. I have been invited to sit as faculty at some national coronary and TAVI meetings.

I am at a stage in my career where I believe I have the drive and energy to take on this role and my experience outlined above makes me well placed to contribute to the council working groups.

I believe there is much potential in online remote teaching modules as well as simulation procedural training. I believe structural intervention is the growth area in interventional practice and training models should change to reflect this.

In both coronary and structural work the emphasis going forward should focus on meeting quality metrics, which can be emphasised by BCIS, to drive improvements in outcomes for our patients and meeting such standards should be our aim.

Dr Rodney Foale

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

With 35 years as Consultant Cardiologist and remaining in active clinical and interventional practice (elective and Primary) at Imperial NHS Trust, I believe I have a lot to offer BCIS members if elected to Council. I have time and energy without the cloud of political or personal motive to pass on some hard learned clinical and political lessons and perhaps teach perspective. I would hugely enjoy the job and feel that, despite my delusion of eternal youth, I should repay some of the pleasures derived from my long medical life to younger others in our wonderful speciality.

About me, I graduated from Melbourne University (MBBS (hons) 1971), travelled to London in 1973 and trained in Cardiology at the Royal London, the Hammersmith and the National Heart Hospitals under some of the great clinical teachers of the day. I was Clinical Fellow at the MGH Boston from 1980, then a Senior Registrar at the Hammersmith before my appointment to St Mary’s London in 1985. I was born to the era of self-determined training in Clinical practice with (somewhat regrettably) no obligatory academic component.

The department at St Mary’s, was small though with a proud history. With unconditional support from colleagues we developed the emerging sub-specialities of Coronary intervention and Electrophysiology which were later taken to The Hammersmith in Imperial’s merger with us and Charing Cross. There were (and still are) heavy politics but during this time we developed meetings famous for the colourful cases and geographic locations . Mixing the professional and social attitudes of like-minded colleagues formed, I think, the embryonic structure of our present BCIS.

My aims, though not necessarily special nor unique would be to:

– use the BCIS platform to promote the primacy of the patient’s care by clinical face to face history and examination, so threatened by the political push during this Covid era for single dimensional virtual clinics with remote guide-lined multiple test management protocols. I would endeavour to maintain and use further the legacy passed to my generation from the great British medical teachers of our history.

– remind Consultants where necessary that interventional duties include consciously stepping back from being first operator to teach their trainees more than assistant skills.

– support and mentor young Consultants in the often intimidating transition from training to Consultant staff positions.

– encourage a natural diversity in gender and race as I have intuitively done possibly more than any UK Consultant, though to be fair I have been longer at it!

Dr Peter Haworth

Queen Alexandra Hospital

I am an Interventional Cardiology Consultant at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, a large district general hospital. I participate in a busy primary PCI service on a 1 in 6 rota. In addition to general cardiology duties, I have taken a lead locally in running many clinical trials and have set up several new services in our Trust, including CTFFR. Additionally, I am in the process of setting up renal denervation in our centre. I am both an educational supervisor and clinical supervisor to a number of cardiology trainees and am responsible for our current fellowship program.

I believe BCIS provides exceptional leadership and is a strong force for ensuring excellence in our profession. In addition to this, BCIS also provides an excellent framework for research and education and, as learning moves “on-line”, the society will become increasingly important as a provider of this. As part of BCIS I would ensure that we continue to uphold a strong emphasis on training the next generation of interventional cardiologists and, by understanding current trainees’ work-life-training balance, encourage a fairer gender equality for those wishing to train in intervention.

I am keen to represent the district general hospitals to ensure that patients have equal access to cardiological procedures wherever they live. We have seen that structural interventions are increasingly indicated and, in the near future, plans will need to be made to increase provision for this. I am keen to help with this and utilise the experience I have gained building up links with our regional structural services. During the COVID pandemic we have seen how the cath lab team have taken increasing responsibility within the lab and new ways of working have become the norm. We are privileged to have a wide range of professionals making up our multidisciplinary team and I have been increasingly convinced of the need to ensure we utilise this expertise more.

In addition to this I am interested in the use of human factors in the cath lab and how we can empower the whole team to improve culture. We have seen this with the development of team briefs and WHO checklists but we also need to improve safety by minimising disruption and encouraging the team to speak up.

I believe that I would make an excellent team member of the BCIS council and am keen to become increasingly involved with the society and its work. I would be grateful for your vote.

Dr Stephen Hoole

Royal Papworth Hospital

I have been an interventional cardiologist at Royal Papworth Hospital since 2011. I was a BCIS research committee member (2013-16), improving the opportunities of trainees to present their research at ACI. I have been course co-director for the Autumn BCIS meeting in 2013 and will be organising the BCIS fellows course in Cambridge in 2020 (hopefully). I believe that BCIS remains as relevant and important as ever, guiding how we optimally organise and deliver interventional healthcare nationally which is particularly important at this time, fostering collaboration, maintaining standards through educational events for all cath lab staff and continuing to promote research. If elected I will work tirelessly to achieve the goals of the BCIS committee and wider membership.

Dr Angela Hoye

Castle Hill Hospital

This year has been tough for everyone working in the NHS and, looking ahead, it is crucial that we have effective leadership. We need sustainable services focused on delivering high quality patient care. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been great to feel appreciated by patients; however cardiologists, as well as our AHP colleagues, continue to work under enormous pressure – addressing our wellbeing is essential. Now more than ever it will be important to have a strong team to lead organisations such as BCIS.

I have been an Interventional Cardiology Consultant and Clinical Academic for 15 years, working in Hull, East Yorkshire. I have an interest in complex coronary intervention and run the regional CTO service. I am also a keen educator and clinical researcher and have previously been part of the BCIS research committee. The UK undertakes truly world-class research and I am a firm believer that this greatly benefits patient care. Although I work in a tertiary centre, the bulk of our workload is to provide secondary care services to our local population. We have a high prevalence of cardiovascular disease and I would like to see the Society work towards trying to tackle some of the issues we have relating to disparity in patient outcomes. In particular we need to lessen the gap in mortality in relation to deprivation. I am often concerned that much of the education needed by patients is either “lost in translation” in patients from ethnic minority backgrounds, or falls through the gap between primary and secondary care responsibility. It would be good to see this tackled and give patients more autonomy.

I have been East Yorkshire TPD and see myself as a (female) role model who is keen to train the next generation of cardiologists to a high standard. I can well-appreciate the challenges of achieving a good work/life balance especially when trying to juggle family commitments.

I am applying to be a member of BCIS Council because I feel that I am now at the point in my career that I have a lot to offer the Society both in terms of experience as well as enthusiasm. As demand for our interventions increases, I would like to help shape a sustainable high-quality service focusing on equality of care for all. I am committed to enhancing and maintaining the highest standards of training for the next generation of cardiologists, and I would like to see a growth in the number of women training in interventional cardiology. It is vital that we recognise the importance of our AHPs and I would like to act as a representative on the committee that supports their continued development, to improve recruitment and retention, and aid delivery of sustainable services. I am committed to working hard for the Society. COVID-19 continues to bring challenges to our day-to-day working and there is no doubt that we have a difficult time ahead of us; it would be an honour to serve as a member of BCIS Council.

Dr Alamgir Kabir

Basildon University Hospital

I have worked in the NHS for nearly 25 years. I was appointed as an interventional cardiologist at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre in 2011.

I am the Clinical lead at CTC. This role has allowed me to facilitate the interventional work in this institution. I have worked to improve the multidisciplinary approach the coronary intervention.

I have worked on various pathways in interventional cardiology in one of the busiest angioplasty centres in the country. COVID 19 has meant a major shift in working for interventional cardiologists. I have worked to allow this change while maintaining the safety of colleagues and patients.

I have an MSc in medical education and I am also the unit training director of the CTC overseeing the training of the future interventional cardiologists in our region.

I have recently completed a law degree and I believe this has given me a unique perspective on governance and regulatory issues that affect us all.

Dr Jennifer Rossington

Leeds General Infirmary

I would be delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to BCIS as a council member.

Currently I am an interventional cardiologist at Leeds General Infirmary, with an interest in complex coronary intervention. Although I am a junior consultant I have rapidly become actively engaged in improving the local department and services: developing local guidelines, working across specialities; submitting business cases; taking roles as radiation lead and clinical incident investigator; and driving forward changes to clinic formats. Many of these are self-instigated, motivated by optimising the patient experience. The council member role would provide a position where the impact of such changes can be extended to a national level through the excellent work done by the BCIS council.

Research is an important aspect of my work, with active engagement in clinical and translational studies since my PhD. At present I am recruiting to multiple trials from international to local projects for which I have been successful in obtaining charity grant funding. In the current climate it will be crucial to ensure the UK continues to be heavily involved in practice changing and advancing research; as a council member I would endeavour to deliver this.

Interventional cardiology is a wonderful speciality and I would be delighted to use this opportunity to promote the speciality at a national level; encouraging diversity. BCIS has an excellent support programme for advanced trainees but I would be keen to develop an active programme targeting those in pre-subspeciality training. Currently I am actively supporting the Cardiology Society recently formed at University of Leeds and set up a ‘Women in Cardiac Specialities’ event to entice medical students and foundation trainees into cardiology, focused on removing the perceived barriers to a career in intervention.

I am extremely enthusiastic regarding the opportunity to be a member of BCIS council as an ordinary member and committed to leaving a legacy from my time in post.

Dr Jaydeep Sarma

Wythenshawe Hospital

2020 has seen the most extraordinary challenges to the medical profession, and Interventional Cardiology has been no exception.

There is a need for greater transparency and fairness within professional organisations. Only with this focus are we able to maximise the promise of our diverse workforce across all disciplines.

Background and experience

I am a coronary and structural heart Interventional Cardiologist in an urban area with high levels of deprivation and cardiovascular pathology. Locally I am clinical governance lead and deputy clinical director for cardiology, co-ordinate mortality and morbidity meetings for cardiology and am part of the trust’s core mortality review team.

A major development from my governance work has been the creation of a programme for cath lab professionals enabling standardised training in clinical emergencies. The Catheter Lab Emergency Medical Simulation (CLEMS) programme has been active for over six years now, delivering team based training to cath lab staff from across the country and also forming part of the annual programme at BCS. This programme would integrate very well into standardised cath lab training under BCIS.

As Joint Clinical Lead for the Cardiovascular Division of the Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre I aid the direction of clinical research in Greater Manchester. I work with basic and clinical scientists, supervising and mentoring doctoral research fellows at Wythenshawe, one of whom is now an NIHR Senior Lecturer. I am an active member of the BCS programme committee contributing to abstract grading and organisation of poster and Hot Topics sessions, and continue as an educational supervisor for undergraduates and specialist trainees.

I work with NHS England at a regional level with the Clinical Senate, leading service reviews in hospitals across the North. This includes rationalisation of specialist services in the North East, reorganisation of acute medical and stroke services in the North West.

I have worked for NICE over the last decade contributing to technology appraisals and the guidelines committee for ACS. I was part of the NHS leadership academy’s programme to promote BAME representation in the leadership of the NHS, and am keen to aid the society’s efforts in this important and timely evolution.

Contribution to the Society

I aim to apply my efforts to promote equality for all BCIS members in the areas of Research, Education & Training and Clinical and Professional standards.

Increased engagement with smaller centres to promote UK wide academic studies would improve research output and more credibly integrate research into daily clinical services.

Opportunities for face-to-face and online education could be further broadened. Refinement of BCIS’ already quality virtual training would ensure accessibility to all members of our cath lab teams.

An immediate focus on human factors and ergonomics will contribute to clinical and professional standards, and provide an inclusive educational platform for members.

I believe I have the personal values and professional expertise to contribute to the society moving forwards. I would work assiduously and effectively to represent all members of BCIS and would value your support in my application for Council.

Dr Elliot Smith

Barts Health NHS Trust and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

I have been a consultant at Barts and Royal Free since 2008 and have focussed on developing knowledge and skills to meet the needs of an increasingly complex patient population.

I have been the lead for interventional cardiology training and complex coronary revascularisation at Barts, with a focus on CTO. Since 2013 I have been privileged to operate in catheter labs across the UK, Europe and Asia as a proctor for CTO procedures. During this period, I have learned the importance of sharing knowledge and skills within and between institutions.

Driven by innovation and research, interventionists have become increasingly sub specialised. We now face a challenge to integrate and disseminate key enabling interventional skillsets widely. During the Coronavirus pandemic, we have seen the value of web-based education and communication. I would like to help BCIS lead the way in delivering interactive online education and practical training to meet the needs of experts and trainees alike. I feel it will be essential to cross traditional specialist boundaries, reaching out to develop joint programmes with our endovascular partners in vascular intervention, vascular surgery and neuroradiology to ensure UK intervention can meet the needs of our patients.

If elected as a BCIS council member I would work hard and with enthusiasm to support our national body in further developing training opportunities not only for our specialist registrars, but also for existing consultants, and for our allied health professionals. I feel strongly that with forward thinking programs of this kind we will evolve the shape of interventional cardiology in the years ahead.

Dr Ashok Tahilyani

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

I am writing this letter to apply for the post of ordinary member of BCIS. I saw an open call for the applications on BCIS website.

I am very familiar with all the aspects of cardiology and have undergone the advance training in Cardiology, completed 2.5 years as a trainee registrar followed by resident physician in Cardiology for another 2 years. Thereafter, I migrated to Ireland and continue my learning in Drogheda at Our lady of Lourdes hospital, in Department of Cardiology. After completion of specialist training in Cardiology from Ireland, I worked as Specialist doctor (Fellow) in Cardiology at East surrey hospital England. Presently, I am working senior Intervention fellow in Cardiology at Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Exeter, England. Here I am gaining further experience in intervention and complex PCI in Cath lab.

I believe that my strong educational background and extensive experience in the field of cardiology make me an appropriate candidate for the advertised position. I have been working in cardiology since 2011. Formerly, I was a medical officer and after passing my MRCP (UK) exam in 2012, I was promoted as registrar, then as senior resident physician in Cardiology. Despite of heavy competition, I manage to secure my position as Fellow in Intervention Cardiology in The United-kingdom.

Apart from my great clinical cardiology experience, I have long list of publication and research work in Cardiology. My responsibilities and duties are quite similar to those are deemed necessary for advertised post. I strongly believe I can perform well.

During my previous posts, I have been always receiving excellent feedback from my employers, patients and colleagues which proves my strong commitment to perform my responsibilities in a professional and effective manner. I like to work in a team, especially with emerging global leaders and growing group of people who are passionate about making positive changes to the way cardiovascular disease is prevented and treated. I am very much fascinated with BCIS and its members who have a vision of a world, where heart health for everyone is a fundamental human right and a crucial element of global health justice.

I perceive this opportunity as a significant advancement in my career, as the leaders in the academics and field of cardiology. I believe that here I will have a great learning opportunity from the maestros of cardiology and I can maximize my potential, utilize my skills and knowledge. Thanks.

Dr Madhusudhan Varma

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Consultant Interventional cardiologist, North Cumbria Integrated care NHS Foundation Trust, Cumbria  Roles: 24/7 PPCI service- 1 in 6,   1 in 6 General Cardiology  Oncall

Chairman- Medical Devices Group, NCIC NHS Trust, Chair- Upbeat Cumbria.

Honorary Interventional Cardiologist, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust–To perform complex Rota procedures

North East Angiography and Vascular Access Course-Organiser and speaker at this yearly meeting- Newcastle

I have passion to work towards achievable goals. I helped in successfully delivering a National RCP London Conference at Liverpool in June this year (NCC Conference) with a well received speech from me. I have represented NCC regularly at 2 other committees: JSC Committee (Joint Speciality Committee)-Cardiology and Research and Development Committee- RCP London.

As Chairman of Devices Group/Committee, I am championing new training and development programme- to be launched next year- to the entire region of North Cumbria, covering a spectrum of hospitals including secondary care hospitals, community hospitals as well as minor injury units.

I have proven record in successfully writing business cases and launching new services. I wrote a business case to develop new nurse led heart failure service for Cumbria after I found that – lack of similar care led to high mortality rates for this region. I was asked to lead this review by my Clinical Director / Trust – which led to me finding solutions and then proving reduction in mortality by doing so.

I have passion for PCI and excellent outcomes. I was the first to use newer technologies for patient benefit like Dedicated AXXESS stents for my patients as well as adopting proven technologies at an early stage for patient benefit like same day discharges post IFR and PCI cases- for this region. I helped in delivering Radial lounge – again in view of lack of bed space- using Radial chairs as additional resource rather than using Trust beds for day case procedures including PCI.

In view of lack of space and lack of second lab- (24/7 PPCI from 1 mobile unit for 6 years)- I successfully negotiated a further appointment at a local PCI centre to perform my complex Rota cases for my Cumbrian patients. I am currently in the cardiac catheter lab delivery and implementation Group- to deliver new heart centre to the Region. I am also currently in the process of developing a business case for Nurse led IHD service and Thrombosis clinic.

I am the cardiac lead for research as well as sit on the Trust R&D committee regularly. I have a successful portfolio of cardiology studies being PI. I have successfully recruited the very first UK patient onto a muticentre European study for Interventional research (ERIC PPCI)- couple of years ago.

I am keen to contribute to BCIS as a Council member to understand the business of running this society. I remain extremely passionate around patient care and proud of my work ethic. My interest leans me towards Clinical and Professional standards. Having performed >1000 Interventional procedures as Consultant from our centre along with being the Reasearch lead, my focus lies in building strong mutually beneficial partnerships with Industry to benefit my patients and wider NHS. I have deep respect for this society and will be interested in constructive collaboration with societies including RCP and Regulatory bodies including NICE. I have ambition to work constructively and tirelessly to make our society one of the best cardiac societies in the World.

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