CALL FOR EOI: BCIS AHP Working GRoup

CALL FOR EOI: BCIS AHP Working GRoup

17th May 2024

We would like to invite expressions of interest from BCIS members keen to have a role in the continued development of our Society by contributing to the work of the AHP Group.

Allied Health Professional Working Group Member Without Portfolio (x1post)

We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic and experienced allied health professional to join the Group and play a key role in its various activities including organisation of the BCIS AHP Summer Meeting; ACI – AHP sessions. You can find out more details about the Allied Health Professionals Group on the BCIS website where there is a dedicated AHP area.

The position is for a 3-year term.

Person Specification

Qualifications: Relevant professional qualification for discipline.

Experience: Relevant experience in interventional cardiology practice. As a guide, indicative experience of eight years post qualification with at least five years working within interventional cardiology desirable. Minimum of two years at senior level.

Other: an interest in teaching and education is essential with an expected commitment to take part in sessions during the AHP Summer meeting and ACI. Experience of delivering talks / leading teaching sessions is desirable. Must be an allied health professional and BCIS member.

We are looking for enthusiastic members who have novel ideas to develop the goals of the AHP group and BCIS for the future.

Application

Application is by self-nomination, with reference to the person specification above. A supporting statement from the candidate, no more than 500 words  which specifically addresses their suitability for the role must accompany self-nomination in order for the application to be valid.

Feel free to pass on details to other AHP colleagues who may be interested. If your colleague(s) is not currently a member of BCIS, they would be very welcome to join. Click here for further details. Membership of BCIS is required for the posts.

These applications will be scored by a panel consisting of the AHP Chair, currently Sarah Carson, together with other members of BCIS Council. Successful candidates will be chosen based upon the best scores.

The deadline for applications is Friday 14th June at 5pm.

Informal enquiries are welcome – please contact any member of the Working Group or alternatively, please contact the Group via bcis@millbrookconferences.co.uk.

Best wishes,

Sarah Carson

AHP Working Group Lead

BCIS Secretariat, Millbrook Medical Conferences Ltd
Unit 8, Midland Court, Central Park, Lutterworth
Leicestershire LE17 4PN

Calls EOI: AHP Working Group 2024

We would like to request expressions of interest from enthusiastic and committed BCIS members keen to have a role in the continued development of our Society. This is your opportunity so please do consider applying. The closing date for applications is 5pm on 14 June 2024.

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Call for Expressions of Interest: Co-hosts for the AHP Annual Summer Conference 2024

Call for Expressions of Interest: Co-hosts for the AHP Annual Summer Conference 2024

29th February 2024

Dear BCIS member,

Are you and your team enthusiastic about AHP education? Could you deliver two days of interactive informative education? Are you interested in the educational development of the Allied Healthcare Professional members of our Society? If so, we would like to invite you to submit an expressions of interest to host the AHP Annual Meeting in 2024.

The AHP Working Group is seeking one host for the AHP Annual Meeting, to work with the AHP Working Group to provide a two-day face to face conference held in July each year, attracting around 175 attendees. We are looking for a surgical centre to act as co-host.

The programme for 2024 has not yet been developed but previously combines pre-recorded live cases, lecture presentations and industry training demonstrations.  It is intended that the successful applicants will join a ZOOM meeting to agree the content of the programme and their role in it.

Application

Application is by self-nomination along with a supporting statement from the candidate. This should be no more than 500 words, and include the details of what you and your unit can bring to the AHP Working Group and its Annual Conference.

If you wish to apply please do so by completing the form at the bottom of this page by Friday 15 March at 5 PM, including a statement in support of your application.

If you have any questions relating to this role, please feel free to contact me for further information (sarah.carson1@nhs.net).

With kind regards,

Sarah Carson

BCIS AHP Group Lead

BCIS Secretariat, Millbrook Medical Conferences Ltd
Unit 8, Midland Court, Central Park, Lutterworth
Leicestershire LE17 4PN

BCIS AHP Working GRoup: New Members

BCIS AHP Working GRoup: New Members

10th November 2023

BCIS Allied Health Professionals New Appointments

Following the recent application process, it is my great pleasure to be able to announce two new members who will start their three year tenure in January 2024.

Having reviewed all the applications, the panel of judges whittled it down to the following candidates:

  • Kerry Pena
  • Christine Gill

Many congratulations! It is an exciting time to be working in education for AHPs in Interventional Cardiology and I am very much looking forward to working with you in the near future.

BCIS would like to congratulate the successful candidates and thank all those who applied for their continued interest in BCIS. The Working Groups form the backbone of the society, and BCIS was delighted to have so many high calibre applicants.

Best Wishes,

Sarah Carson

Allied Health Professional Working Group Lead

Call for EOI: AHP Working Group

Call for EOI: AHP Working Group

26th September 2023

Dear BCIS AHP member,

We would like to invite expressions of interest from BCIS members keen to have a role in the continued development of our Society by contributing to the work of the AHP Group.

Allied Health Professional Working Group Member Without Portfolio (2 posts)

The tenure for the role is for three years, commencing 1st January 2024.

Person Specification

We are looking for enthusiastic members who have novel ideas to develop the goals of the AHP group and BCIS for the future.

The successful candidates will have relevant experience in interventional cardiology practice. An interest in teaching and education is essential with an expected commitment to take part in sessions during the AHP Summer meeting and ACI. Experience of delivering talks / leading teaching sessions is desirable. Must be an allied health professional and BCIS member. You can find out more details about the Allied Health Professionals Group on the BCIS website where there is a dedicated AHP area.

Application

Application is by self-nomination, with reference to the person specification above. A supporting statement from the candidate, no more than 1 side of A4, addressing suitability for the role must accompany the application.

Feel free to pass on details to other AHP colleagues who may be interested. If your colleague(s) is not currently a member of BCIS, they would be very welcome to join. Click here for further details. Membership of BCIS is required for the posts.

These applications will be scored by a panel consisting of the AHP Chair, currently Sarah Carson, together with other members of BCIS Council. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 31st October at 5pm.

Informal enquiries are welcome – please contact Sarah.Carson1@nhs.net or  Gerald.Clesham@nhs.net

Best wishes,

Sarah Carson, AHP lead

Gerald Clesham, Honorary Secretary

 

BCIS Secretariat, Millbrook Medical Conferences Ltd
Unit 8, Midland Court, Central Park, Lutterworth
Leicestershire LE17 4PN

AHP Working Group NAME ANNOUNCEMENT

AHP Working Group NAME ANNOUNCEMENT

7th August 2023

Dear BCIS AHP member,

Following a review of a potential change of name to the Allied Health Professional’s Working Group, I would like to thank everyone who took part in the online survey and the additional survey at the Summer meeting. I am pleased to announce the the name of the group will remain as the AHP Working Group.

Best Wishes,

Sarah Carson

AHP Working Group Lead

Call For Expressions of Interest: AHP Working Group Member Without Portfolio

Call For Expressions of Interest: AHP Working Group Member Without Portfolio

10th February 2023

Dear BCIS AHP member,

We would like to invite expressions of interest from BCIS members keen to have a role in the continued development of our Society by contributing to the work of the AHP Group.

Allied Health Professional Working Group Member Without Portfolio (5 posts)

We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic and experienced allied health professionals to join the Group and play a key role in its various activities including: organisation of the BCIS AHP Summer Meeting; ACI – AHP sessions. You can find out more details about the Allied Health Professionals Group on the BCIS website where there is a dedicated AHP area.

The tenure for the role is for three years, with immediate start upon appointment.

Person Specification

Qualifications: Relevant professional qualification for discipline.

Experience: Relevant experience in interventional cardiology practice. As a guide, indicative experience of eight years post qualification with at least five years working within interventional cardiology desirable. Minimum of two years at senior level.

Other: an interest in teaching and education is essential with an expected commitment to take part in sessions during the AHP Summer meeting and ACI. Experience of delivering talks / leading teaching sessions is desirable. Must be an allied health professional and BCIS member.

We are looking for enthusiastic members who have novel ideas to develop the goals of the AHP group and BCIS for the future.

Application

Application is by self-nomination, with reference to the person specification above. A supporting statement from the candidate, no more than 1 side of A4, which specifically addresses their suitability for the role must accompany self-nomination in order for the application to be valid.

Feel free to pass on details to other AHP colleagues who may be interested. If your colleague(s) is not currently a member of BCIS, they would be very welcome to join. Click here for further details. Membership of BCIS is required for the posts.

These applications will be scored by a panel consisting of the AHP Chair, currently Sarah Carson, together with other members of BCIS Council. Successful candidates will be chosen based upon the best scores.

The deadline for applications is Friday 3rd March at 5pm.

Informal enquiries are welcome – please contact any member of the Working Group or alternatively, please contact the Group via bcis@millbrookconferences.co.uk.

Best wishes,

Sarah Carson

AHP Working Group Lead

BCIS Secretariat, Millbrook Medical Conferences Ltd
Unit 8, Midland Court, Central Park, Lutterworth
Leicestershire LE17 4PN

My First ACI conference – An AHP perspective from Mike Jones

My First ACI conference – An AHP perspective from Mike Jones

9th May 2022

It was with great trepidation that I set off for London on Wednesday 20th April 2022. Maybe it was because of COVID, or being in a room with so many people for the first time since the pandemic, or maybe that I might end up wandering the venue alone listening to lectures that went over my head. And how would my presentation go? What had I let myself in for?

Well, I honestly didn’t need to worry.

The hotel was very easy to find and booking in took no time at all. I was quickly shown where to register my conference attendance, and I was in. The conference is very well laid out with a bag and coat store, a large well equipped main room with plenty of AV screens, a separate floor for the company exhibitions and a mezzanine area for a variety of breakout sessions.

The hotel has a great range of facilities, a restaurant, café lounge area, a bar and gym. I have to be honest, make sure you know where the mezzanine level is (above the café) ahead of time, as it is slightly remote from the main area. Again, there was plenty of kind staff to point you in the right direction. The breakfasts are great with plenty of options available. The restaurant was really nice but be prepared for London prices! There is an M&S just outside the hotel and some other take aways and shops if you fancy something different. The rooms were comfortable and well equipped.

There was a wide range of talks in the main auditorium with a broad field of scope. The areas that really stood out for me were the out of hospital arrest talks, well-being sessions looking at on call, rest periods and zero tolerance of discrimination. There was a great talk on human factors and how it affected practice. As I say, a wide scope. There were plenty of interesting cases and I do stress it’s worth the puzzle of finding the mezzanine level as up there were a range of breakout sessions on case complications and the AHP sessions.

How was it presenting? Always nerve wracking! But that said, I cannot fault the support of the AHP working group. They contacted me beforehand, met me on day one and included me in the welcome meeting so I could meet everybody. On the day of the presentation, we had a meeting where the speakers and chairs talked about the presentations, offering support and advice before going through the running order. It was great prep and really steadied the nerves, going in knowing there would be no surprises. The AHP working group are an incredibly inclusive team, and I would not think twice about speaking again knowing that level of support is provided. The venue has a great little area where you can tweak your talk and upload everything ready for your session. The AV setup and support from the technical team was great as well. They allowed me time to run through my talk and tweak the projector to display everything clearly. The audience was kind, no one setting you up to fail; they were really engaged with the session leading to some great discussions and conversations afterwards which ran for 45 minutes. I had several conversations outside of the lecture which was really nice.

The exhibition hall is a hive of companies and new technology; it’s easy to get lost in there for a long time seeing all that is new in the world of cardiology. It is a great place to interact with reps and people you may know and network with those you don’t.

There is a tasty buffet lunch served in the exhibition hall, which catered to a wide range of tastes. Don’t worry about missing the next talk as there are plenty of warnings to return to the main auditorium. There was a lovely conference meal served on the Thursday which included the prize giving, it was a very modern menu and the deconstructed apple crumble certainly led to a lot of discussion!

There was a handy app to download which had the schedule, a map of the exhibition hall and allowed you to ask questions remotely during sessions or take part in polls.

So, to sum up, the days are packed full of up-to-date information and discussion. The companies provide some great support. The evenings are more relaxed and social, with many attendees meeting up and continuing discussions from the day. It was an honour to be invited to talk, the AHP working group were incredibly supportive and I felt I was saying goodbye to friends not colleagues after three days. I can’t express how much I got out of the conference; I came away with lots of new ideas to implement and others to explore. I am already looking forward to next year; one word of warning you will probably be exhausted (in a good way) by the time you get home. Hope to see you there!

Mike Jones

Bristol Heart Institute

AHP Group

Mike Jones Presenting

Dates for your diary: BCIS ACI 2023 will be on the 18th-20th January 2023.

If that’s too long to wait, why not join us at the BCIS AHP conference on Monday 20th June, at The Mercure Grand Hotel, Leicester. Register here. 

 

All sessions from BCIS ACI 2022, including Mike’s talk, are now available for streaming from the BCIS website here.

BCIS Council AHP Representative Announcement

BCIS Council AHP Representative Announcement

7th April 2022

It was with great trepidation that I set off for London on Wednesday 20th April 2022. Maybe it was because of COVID, or being in a room with so many people for the first time since the pandemic, or maybe that I might end up wandering the venue alone listening to lectures that went over my head. And how would my presentation go? What had I let myself in for?

Well, I honestly didn’t need to worry.

The hotel was very easy to find and booking in took no time at all. I was quickly shown where to register my conference attendance, and I was in. The conference is very well laid out with a bag and coat store, a large well equipped main room with plenty of AV screens, a separate floor for the company exhibitions and a mezzanine area for a variety of breakout sessions.

The hotel has a great range of facilities, a restaurant, café lounge area, a bar and gym. I have to be honest, make sure you know where the mezzanine level is (above the café) ahead of time, as it is slightly remote from the main area. Again, there was plenty of kind staff to point you in the right direction. The breakfasts are great with plenty of options available. The restaurant was really nice but be prepared for London prices! There is an M&S just outside the hotel and some other take aways and shops if you fancy something different. The rooms were comfortable and well equipped.

There was a wide range of talks in the main auditorium with a broad field of scope. The areas that really stood out for me were the out of hospital arrest talks, well-being sessions looking at on call, rest periods and zero tolerance of discrimination. There was a great talk on human factors and how it affected practice. As I say, a wide scope. There were plenty of interesting cases and I do stress it’s worth the puzzle of finding the mezzanine level as up there were a range of breakout sessions on case complications and the AHP sessions.

How was it presenting? Always nerve wracking! But that said, I cannot fault the support of the AHP working group. They contacted me beforehand, met me on day one and included me in the welcome meeting so I could meet everybody. On the day of the presentation, we had a meeting where the speakers and chairs talked about the presentations, offering support and advice before going through the running order. It was great prep and really steadied the nerves, going in knowing there would be no surprises. The AHP working group are an incredibly inclusive team, and I would not think twice about speaking again knowing that level of support is provided. The venue has a great little area where you can tweak your talk and upload everything ready for your session. The AV setup and support from the technical team was great as well. They allowed me time to run through my talk and tweak the projector to display everything clearly. The audience was kind, no one setting you up to fail; they were really engaged with the session leading to some great discussions and conversations afterwards which ran for 45 minutes. I had several conversations outside of the lecture which was really nice.

The exhibition hall is a hive of companies and new technology; it’s easy to get lost in there for a long time seeing all that is new in the world of cardiology. It is a great place to interact with reps and people you may know and network with those you don’t.

There is a tasty buffet lunch served in the exhibition hall, which catered to a wide range of tastes. Don’t worry about missing the next talk as there are plenty of warnings to return to the main auditorium. There was a lovely conference meal served on the Thursday which included the prize giving, it was a very modern menu and the deconstructed apple crumble certainly led to a lot of discussion!

There was a handy app to download which had the schedule, a map of the exhibition hall and allowed you to ask questions remotely during sessions or take part in polls.

So, to sum up, the days are packed full of up-to-date information and discussion. The companies provide some great support. The evenings are more relaxed and social, with many attendees meeting up and continuing discussions from the day. It was an honour to be invited to talk, the AHP working group were incredibly supportive and I felt I was saying goodbye to friends not colleagues after three days. I can’t express how much I got out of the conference; I came away with lots of new ideas to implement and others to explore. I am already looking forward to next year; one word of warning you will probably be exhausted (in a good way) by the time you get home. Hope to see you there!

Mike Jones

Bristol Heart Institute

AHP Group

Mike Jones Presenting

Dates for your diary: BCIS ACI 2023 will be on the 18th-20th January 2023.

If that’s too long to wait, why not join us at the BCIS AHP conference on Monday 20th June, at The Mercure Grand Hotel, Leicester. Register here. 

 

All sessions from BCIS ACI 2022, including Mike’s talk, are now available for streaming from the BCIS website here.

Allied Health Professionals Working Group Ordinary Member Update

Allied Health Professionals Working Group Ordinary Member Update

25th January 2022

It was with great trepidation that I set off for London on Wednesday 20th April 2022. Maybe it was because of COVID, or being in a room with so many people for the first time since the pandemic, or maybe that I might end up wandering the venue alone listening to lectures that went over my head. And how would my presentation go? What had I let myself in for?

Well, I honestly didn’t need to worry.

The hotel was very easy to find and booking in took no time at all. I was quickly shown where to register my conference attendance, and I was in. The conference is very well laid out with a bag and coat store, a large well equipped main room with plenty of AV screens, a separate floor for the company exhibitions and a mezzanine area for a variety of breakout sessions.

The hotel has a great range of facilities, a restaurant, café lounge area, a bar and gym. I have to be honest, make sure you know where the mezzanine level is (above the café) ahead of time, as it is slightly remote from the main area. Again, there was plenty of kind staff to point you in the right direction. The breakfasts are great with plenty of options available. The restaurant was really nice but be prepared for London prices! There is an M&S just outside the hotel and some other take aways and shops if you fancy something different. The rooms were comfortable and well equipped.

There was a wide range of talks in the main auditorium with a broad field of scope. The areas that really stood out for me were the out of hospital arrest talks, well-being sessions looking at on call, rest periods and zero tolerance of discrimination. There was a great talk on human factors and how it affected practice. As I say, a wide scope. There were plenty of interesting cases and I do stress it’s worth the puzzle of finding the mezzanine level as up there were a range of breakout sessions on case complications and the AHP sessions.

How was it presenting? Always nerve wracking! But that said, I cannot fault the support of the AHP working group. They contacted me beforehand, met me on day one and included me in the welcome meeting so I could meet everybody. On the day of the presentation, we had a meeting where the speakers and chairs talked about the presentations, offering support and advice before going through the running order. It was great prep and really steadied the nerves, going in knowing there would be no surprises. The AHP working group are an incredibly inclusive team, and I would not think twice about speaking again knowing that level of support is provided. The venue has a great little area where you can tweak your talk and upload everything ready for your session. The AV setup and support from the technical team was great as well. They allowed me time to run through my talk and tweak the projector to display everything clearly. The audience was kind, no one setting you up to fail; they were really engaged with the session leading to some great discussions and conversations afterwards which ran for 45 minutes. I had several conversations outside of the lecture which was really nice.

The exhibition hall is a hive of companies and new technology; it’s easy to get lost in there for a long time seeing all that is new in the world of cardiology. It is a great place to interact with reps and people you may know and network with those you don’t.

There is a tasty buffet lunch served in the exhibition hall, which catered to a wide range of tastes. Don’t worry about missing the next talk as there are plenty of warnings to return to the main auditorium. There was a lovely conference meal served on the Thursday which included the prize giving, it was a very modern menu and the deconstructed apple crumble certainly led to a lot of discussion!

There was a handy app to download which had the schedule, a map of the exhibition hall and allowed you to ask questions remotely during sessions or take part in polls.

So, to sum up, the days are packed full of up-to-date information and discussion. The companies provide some great support. The evenings are more relaxed and social, with many attendees meeting up and continuing discussions from the day. It was an honour to be invited to talk, the AHP working group were incredibly supportive and I felt I was saying goodbye to friends not colleagues after three days. I can’t express how much I got out of the conference; I came away with lots of new ideas to implement and others to explore. I am already looking forward to next year; one word of warning you will probably be exhausted (in a good way) by the time you get home. Hope to see you there!

Mike Jones

Bristol Heart Institute

AHP Group

Mike Jones Presenting

Dates for your diary: BCIS ACI 2023 will be on the 18th-20th January 2023.

If that’s too long to wait, why not join us at the BCIS AHP conference on Monday 20th June, at The Mercure Grand Hotel, Leicester. Register here. 

 

All sessions from BCIS ACI 2022, including Mike’s talk, are now available for streaming from the BCIS website here.

Women As One Global Mentorship Survey

Women As One Global Mentorship Survey

20th December 2021

It was with great trepidation that I set off for London on Wednesday 20th April 2022. Maybe it was because of COVID, or being in a room with so many people for the first time since the pandemic, or maybe that I might end up wandering the venue alone listening to lectures that went over my head. And how would my presentation go? What had I let myself in for?

Well, I honestly didn’t need to worry.

The hotel was very easy to find and booking in took no time at all. I was quickly shown where to register my conference attendance, and I was in. The conference is very well laid out with a bag and coat store, a large well equipped main room with plenty of AV screens, a separate floor for the company exhibitions and a mezzanine area for a variety of breakout sessions.

The hotel has a great range of facilities, a restaurant, café lounge area, a bar and gym. I have to be honest, make sure you know where the mezzanine level is (above the café) ahead of time, as it is slightly remote from the main area. Again, there was plenty of kind staff to point you in the right direction. The breakfasts are great with plenty of options available. The restaurant was really nice but be prepared for London prices! There is an M&S just outside the hotel and some other take aways and shops if you fancy something different. The rooms were comfortable and well equipped.

There was a wide range of talks in the main auditorium with a broad field of scope. The areas that really stood out for me were the out of hospital arrest talks, well-being sessions looking at on call, rest periods and zero tolerance of discrimination. There was a great talk on human factors and how it affected practice. As I say, a wide scope. There were plenty of interesting cases and I do stress it’s worth the puzzle of finding the mezzanine level as up there were a range of breakout sessions on case complications and the AHP sessions.

How was it presenting? Always nerve wracking! But that said, I cannot fault the support of the AHP working group. They contacted me beforehand, met me on day one and included me in the welcome meeting so I could meet everybody. On the day of the presentation, we had a meeting where the speakers and chairs talked about the presentations, offering support and advice before going through the running order. It was great prep and really steadied the nerves, going in knowing there would be no surprises. The AHP working group are an incredibly inclusive team, and I would not think twice about speaking again knowing that level of support is provided. The venue has a great little area where you can tweak your talk and upload everything ready for your session. The AV setup and support from the technical team was great as well. They allowed me time to run through my talk and tweak the projector to display everything clearly. The audience was kind, no one setting you up to fail; they were really engaged with the session leading to some great discussions and conversations afterwards which ran for 45 minutes. I had several conversations outside of the lecture which was really nice.

The exhibition hall is a hive of companies and new technology; it’s easy to get lost in there for a long time seeing all that is new in the world of cardiology. It is a great place to interact with reps and people you may know and network with those you don’t.

There is a tasty buffet lunch served in the exhibition hall, which catered to a wide range of tastes. Don’t worry about missing the next talk as there are plenty of warnings to return to the main auditorium. There was a lovely conference meal served on the Thursday which included the prize giving, it was a very modern menu and the deconstructed apple crumble certainly led to a lot of discussion!

There was a handy app to download which had the schedule, a map of the exhibition hall and allowed you to ask questions remotely during sessions or take part in polls.

So, to sum up, the days are packed full of up-to-date information and discussion. The companies provide some great support. The evenings are more relaxed and social, with many attendees meeting up and continuing discussions from the day. It was an honour to be invited to talk, the AHP working group were incredibly supportive and I felt I was saying goodbye to friends not colleagues after three days. I can’t express how much I got out of the conference; I came away with lots of new ideas to implement and others to explore. I am already looking forward to next year; one word of warning you will probably be exhausted (in a good way) by the time you get home. Hope to see you there!

Mike Jones

Bristol Heart Institute

AHP Group

Mike Jones Presenting

Dates for your diary: BCIS ACI 2023 will be on the 18th-20th January 2023.

If that’s too long to wait, why not join us at the BCIS AHP conference on Monday 20th June, at The Mercure Grand Hotel, Leicester. Register here. 

 

All sessions from BCIS ACI 2022, including Mike’s talk, are now available for streaming from the BCIS website here.