Announcement of the Winner of the BCIS Young Investigator Award Competition

Announcement of the Winner of the BCIS Young Investigator Award Competition

18th December 2023

BCIS Young Investigator Award competition is a unique opportunity for our young colleagues to submit their original research. This year we received large number of applications for the above award than previous years. Initial independent selection process shortlisted the top 5 candidates who were invited to present their research in person at the BCIS Research Day held at the Royal College of Physicians London on 14/12/23. The selection panel on the day had the difficult task to choose one winner.

I am delighted to confirm that this year’s winner is Dr. Aish Sinha from King’s College London. Aish’s research is based on angina/ischaemia with non-obstructive coronary arteries (ANOCA/INOCA). His work further enhanced our understanding of this under diagnosed condition and improved treatment for patients with coronary microvascular dysfunction. Aish will present his research again at the ACI Conference in London next month.

Many congratulations to Aish for this fantastic achievement!

I also would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all the finalists for their outstanding work. I personally (echoed by the attendees on the BCIS Research day) found our young colleagues’ work very inspiring and thrilled to see we have so many talented young colleagues who really are our future leaders and investigators.

Professor Vijay Kunadian

Research lead BCIS

 

 

BCIS Council Member: Winner of Election

BCIS Council Member: Winner of Election

6th December 2023

Dear BCIS Member,

Following the recent election, BCIS Council is pleased to welcome Dr Ash Kotecha as the new Member without portfolio who will be taking over from Dr Shrilla Banerjee in January.

There was an outstanding field of applicants for this post, and on behalf of Council, we would like to congratulate Dr Kotecha and thank all the candidates for their interest and to everyone who voted.

Best Wishes,

Gerald Clesham, BCIS Hon Secretary
David Hildick-Smith, BCIS President

BCIS Council: Member Without Portfolio Election

BCIS Council: Member Without Portfolio Election

1st November 2023

Dear current BCIS members,

I am pleased to report that a total of 4 candidates have applied for the role of Member Without Portfolio on BCIS Council, please review the candidates and their application statements below before voting.

  • Dr Andrew Peter Vanezis
  • Dr Ash Kotecha
  • Dr James Cockburn
  • Dr Sam Firoozi

SUPPORTING STATEMENTS

The voting electorate is current BCIS members only, please submit your vote just once. All votes will be checked to ensure the voting criteria has been met. 

THE CLOSING DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF YOUR VOTES IS 17:00 HRS ON FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact BCIS@millbrookconferences.com.

With kind regards,

Gerald Clesham

BCIS Honorary Secretary

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

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Call for expressions of interest for a member without portfolio on BCIS Council

Call for expressions of interest for a member without portfolio on BCIS Council

27th September 2023

Dear BCIS Members,

Call for Self-Nominations for the Election of a Member Without Portfolio to BCIS Council

We would welcome self-nominations for a position on BCIS Council. We are looking to attract enthusiastic and committed BCIS members keen to have a role in the continued development of our Society.

Member without Portfolio positions are for a 3-year term. The post will commence in January 24 and replaces Dr Shrilla Banerjee who will be stepping down. I’d like to thank Shrilla for the commitment she brought to her role.

Any current BCIS member can apply. The voting electorate is all current BCIS members. Please find the Job Description here. Application is by self-nomination. A supporting statement of less than 500 words must accompany self-nomination in order for the application to be valid. Please apply via the form at the bottom of this page. The closing date is Tuesday 31st October 2023

If you have any questions relating to these roles, please feel free to contact me for further information: BCIS@millbrookconferences.co.uk

With kind regards,


Gerald Clesham
Honorary Secretary, BCIS

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

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

BCIS Council Member: Winner of Election

BCIS Council Member: Winner of Election

8th August 2023

Dear BCIS Member,

Following the recent election, BCIS Council is pleased to welcome Dr Vinoda Sharma as the new Member without portfolio.

There was an outstanding field of applicants for this post, and on behalf of Council, we would like to congratulate Vinoda and thank all the candidates for their interest and to everyone who voted.

Best Wishes,

Gerald Clesham, BCIS Hon Secretary
David Hildick-Smith, BCIS President

BCIS Council Member Without Portfolio ELECTION July 2023

BCIS Council Member Without Portfolio ELECTION July 2023

3rd July 2023

Dear current BCIS members,

I am pleased to report that a total of eight candidates have applied for the role of Member Without Portfolio on BCIS Council.

Please review the candidates and their application statements below before voting.

SUPPORTING STATEMENTS

The voting electorate is current BCIS members only, please select one candidate only and submit your vote just once. You will be required to enter your name into the ballot to check for voting duplication, but please note that individual votes are kept confidential. All votes will be checked to ensure the voting criteria has been met. 

THE CLOSING DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF YOUR VOTES IS 17:00 HRS ON FRIDAY 4th AUGUST.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact BCIS@millbrookconferences.co.uk

With kind regards,

Gerald Clesham

BCIS Honorary Secretary

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

BCIS STATEMENT: TAVI PROGRAM CONCERNS

BCIS STATEMENT: TAVI PROGRAM CONCERNS

20th June 2023

The British Cardiovascular Intervention Society welcomes the involvement of allied health professionals with advanced skills in structural heart disease programs and recognises the autonomy of sites to direct their own programs, within an adequate governance structure. TAVI programs in the UK are dependent on dedicated specialist nurses who administer those programs, run the MDT, often load the valves, and sometimes assist in procedures as a second operator.

As medicine has changed so there has increasingly been a role for allied health practitioners with advanced skills to take on responsibilities that were previously considered to be the domain of doctors. In turn, that has freed doctors to focus more on the specifics of an intervention that require their attention. TAVI procedures however carry a mortality risk, and the responsibility for undertaking a successful TAVI procedure will always lie with a Cardiologist who has had the breadth of training to manage the various complications that may occur during or after a procedure. This requires years of training, and there is no short-cut, or substitute.

Cardiology trainees have the full support of BCIS as regards their career aspirations. Current trainees are the future leaders of structural heart programs and will determine the composition of those programmes. Trainee positions in structural heart disease in the UK are largely post-CCT and highly competitive, and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Nearly all TAVI centres (including Leicester) have a dedicated structural heart fellowship. Those who do these fellowships get excellent training and will move on to Structural Heart jobs where they will be grateful for the expertise of highly skilled nurse practitioner colleagues.

There is going to be a need for significant expansion in Structural Heart training over the coming years and BCIS will be producing a statement on this subject later in the year, outlining the expected training route for undertaking TAVI and other Structural Heart procedures.

Prof. David Hildick-Smith, BCIS President, on behalf of BCIS Council

Call for EOI: TRAINING AND EDUCATION WORKING GROUP

Call for EOI: TRAINING AND EDUCATION WORKING GROUP

1st June 2023

Dear BCIS member,

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

Training and Education Group Committee Members (3 posts)

The Training and Education Group (TEG) is responsible for coordinating all T&E activities within the Society. These activities include provision of a wide range of educational events for its members, including fellowships, BCIS courses & sessions at ACI. The group is also central to the support of the BCIS interventional fellowship programme.

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

We hope to improve the gender representation within the Training and Education Working Group with these posts.

Eligibility/Person Specification

Applications are open to any member of BCIS, and it is expected that the applicant will have some experience of education and training in the field of interventional cardiology.

Candidates should also be able to demonstrate experience of committee work, good organisational and leadership abilities.

The positions are for a 3-year term and will commence September 2023.

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 for the application to be valid.

The closing date is Friday 30th June at 12 noon. If you wish to apply, please do so via the form at the bottom of this page ahead of the deadline as noted above.

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

If you have any questions relating to these roles, please feel free to contact us for further information (douglasmuir@nhs.net or gerald.clesham@nhs.net). If you have any questions about the application process, please email BCIS@millbrookconferences.co.uk.

With kind regards,

Dougie Muir
Training and Education Group Lead

Gerald Clesham
BCIS Honorary Secretary

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

Call for expressions of interest for a member without portfolio on BCIS Council

Call for expressions of interest for a member without portfolio on BCIS Council

26th May 2023

Dear BCIS Members,

Call for Self-Nominations for the Election of Member without Portfolio to BCIS Council

One post available

We would welcome self-nominations for one post on BCIS Council. We are looking to attract enthusiastic and committed BCIS members keen to have a role in the continued development of our Society.

Member without Portfolio positions (previously “Ordinary Members”) are for a 3-year term. The post commences in August 2023 to replace Dr Suneil Aggarwal who has been elected as Communications Lead on BCIS council.

Any current BCIS member can apply. The voting electorate is all current BCIS members. Please find the Job Description for this role here. Application is by self-nomination. A supporting statement of less than 500 words must accompany self-nomination in order for the application to be valid. Please apply via the form at the bottom of this page. The closing date is Friday 23rd June at 17:00.

If you have any questions relating to these roles, please feel free to contact me for further information: gerald.clesham@nhs.net

With kind regards,

Gerald Clesham

Honorary Secretary, BCIS

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