Clinical Leadership Role for the national PFO Closure (PFOC) Registry

Clinical Leadership Role for the national PFO Closure (PFOC) Registry

5th October 2023

Clinical Leadership Role for the national
PFO Closure (PFOC) Registry
1 PA per week*

Do you have the passion and the skills required to establish and lead the national PFO Closure Registry to the next phase of quality improvement?

We are looking for a specialist consultant cardiologist or related specialty consultant to provide clinical leadership for the national Patent Foramen Ovale Closure (PFOC) Registry, one of the new specialist domains of the National Cardiac Audit Programme (NCAP), managed by the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR). NICOR is hosted by NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands CSU (AGEM) to deliver the programme which is commissioned and funded by NHS England. The appointment will be made by NICOR in consultation with the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) using AGEM’s recruitment process.

The position reports to the Director of NICOR and the Chair of the NCAP Operational and Methodology (NOM) Group. The post holder will work closely with the Chair of the NOM Group, NICOR Chief Operating Officer, other NCAP domain clinical leads and the NICOR delivery team. The post holder will:

• Chair multi-disciplinary PFOC Registry Domain Expert Group (DEG) meetings, monthly project management team meetings and any other ad-hoc meetings, as required.
• Participate in monthly NOM Group meetings; and
• Liaise with the Chair of the BCIS Structural Heart Group; and
• Act as an ambassador for NICOR.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate professional excellence, an understanding of national audit and quality improvement methodology at a national level and the necessary management skills to ensure timely delivery of the agreed NCAP outputs, as well as to effectively develop and enhance the partnerships between NICOR and its stakeholders (BCIS, BCCA, other professional societies, hospitals, commissioners, regulators, NHS England and NHS Wales, patients and the public).

For further information or an informal discussion please contact: Professor Mark de Belder, Chair of the NOM Group (mark.debelder@nhs.net).

To apply, please send your full CV (including your telephone and email address as well as details of two referees) along with a covering letter outlining your vision for the Audit and explaining how you would provide the clinical leadership required for this role, to:

Mr James Chal
NICOR Chief Operating Officer Email: j.chal@nhs.net

Closing date for applications: 5 November 2023 Interviews will take place via MS Teams: Date tbc
*Payment contribution of £10,000 per annum

Clinical Leadership Role for the national Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO) Registry

Clinical Leadership Role for the national Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO) Registry

5th October 2023

Clinical Leadership Role for the national
Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO) Registry
1 PA per week*

Do you have the passion and the skills required to establish and lead the national Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO) Registry to the next phase of quality improvement?

We are looking for a specialist consultant cardiologist or related specialty consultant to provide clinical leadership for the national Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO) Registry, one of the new specialist domains of the National Cardiac Audit Programme (NCAP), managed by the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR). NICOR is hosted by NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands CSU (AGEM) to deliver the programme which is commissioned and funded by NHS England. The appointment will be made by NICOR in consultation with the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) and the British Heart Rhythm Society (BHRS) using AGEM’s recruitment process.

The position reports to the Director of NICOR and the Chair of the NCAP Operational and Methodology (NOM) Group. The post holder will work closely with the Chair of the NOM Group, NICOR Chief Operating Officer, other NCAP domain clinical leads and the NICOR delivery team. The post holder will:

• Chair multi-disciplinary LAAO Registry Domain Expert Group (DEG) meetings, monthly project management team meetings and any other ad-hoc meetings, as required.
• Participate in monthly NOM Group meetings;
• Liaise with the Chair of the BCIS Structural Heart Disease Group and the Clinical Audit Lead for the National Audit of Cardiac Rhythm Management (NACRM); and
• Act as an ambassador for NICOR.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate professional excellence, an understanding of national audit and quality improvement methodology at a national level and the necessary management skills to ensure timely delivery of the agreed NCAP outputs, as well as to effectively develop and enhance the partnerships between NICOR and its stakeholders (BCIS, BHRS, other professional societies, hospitals, commissioners, regulators, NHSE, patients and the public).

For further information or an informal discussion please contact: Professor Mark de Belder, Chair of the NOM Group (mark.debelder@nhs.net)’

To apply, please send your full CV (including your telephone and email address as well as details of two referees) along with a covering letter outlining your vision for the Audit and explaining how you would provide the clinical leadership required for this role, to:

Mr James Chal
NICOR Chief Operating Officer Email: j.chal@nhs.net

Closing date for applications: 5 November 2023 Interviews will take place via MS Teams: Date tbc
*Payment contribution of £10,000 per annum

BCIS statement on sexual harassment in the workplace

BCIS statement on sexual harassment in the workplace

19th September 2023

No one should have to tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace. The British Cardiovascular Intervention Society takes seriously its role in promoting a safe and secure environment for doctors, nurses, radiographers and physiologists, all of whom work together in the catheter lab and constitute the membership of BCIS. Within the catheter lab setting there can be a power imbalance with more junior female members of the team in particular being potentially susceptible to unwanted comments or attention. The majority of professionals treat each other with consideration and respect, but there is a minority who do not – occurrence of serious sexual misconduct has been highlighted in the recently publicised survey of surgical practice. Behaviour of a sexually inappropriate nature has no place in the hospital environment. There are no excuses for sexual harassment at work.  

CALLS FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: INFORMAL SUPPORT NETWORK

CALLS FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: INFORMAL SUPPORT NETWORK

25th August 2023

We are looking to assemble a list of interventional consultants working in the UK who are happy to be contacted by trainees, or indeed other consultants, for informal advice and support. This would range from a single contact for specific advice to a longstanding professional relationship. This sort of support has been used in different spheres of medicine to attract, recruit and retain more junior colleagues, and it is something that trainees often request. There are of course benefits for the consultant involved; becoming a role model, networking opportunities and a sense of investment in the future of our specialty.

Such a resource would enable trainees to choose who they would like to contact based on their own preferences, and will offer them a broader choice in this regard.  For example, some trainees may wish to seek advice from a female interventional consultant, but may not encounter one in their training pathway, or wish to contact a consultant with a specific procedural skill set, or research background that is not available to them locally.

If you would be willing to offer your support to trainees, and other consultant colleagues, please fill in the form below.

Dr Clare Appleby
Dr Alex Moss
Dr Shrilla Banerjee

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

Unfortunately we aren’t able to accept any further entries at this time.

NICE Update: Mavacamten for treating symptomatic obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

NICE Update: Mavacamten for treating symptomatic obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

2nd May 2023

PLEASE SEE THE BELOW UPDATE FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND CARE EXCELLENCE

 

Dear stakeholders,

For information only

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion on mavacamten on 26 April 2023.

The company, BMS, is supplying further information to NICE so we are unable to share the appraisal committee meeting outcome from 12 April 2023 at this time.

We will provide an update by the end of May.

Best wishes,

Celia

Celia Mayers (she/her)

Project Manager, Technology Appraisals & HST

Survey on the name of the AHP Working Group

Survey on the name of the AHP Working Group

11th April 2023

Dear AHP member

We are reviewing the AHP name as it applies to the professionals allied to health who are members of BCIS.

NHS England refers to 14 Allied Health Professions of which only Radiographers are included, Cardiac Physiologists and Nurses are not under the AHP Banner.

The group would like you to complete a short survey with your opinion on whether the BCIS AHP group needs to change the name to reflect the 3 professions, what titles you think would be more suited or if indeed it is needed.

Please answer the following questions below.

Thank you,

Sarah Carson

AHP Working Group Lead

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

Final NICE Guidance

Final NICE Guidance

9th March 2023

Final NICE Guidance

Dear members,

Please see final guidelines published by NICE on Percutaneous transluminal renal sympathetic denervation for resistant hypertension (923/2) (IPG 754)

Click below to view the guidance

National Institute for health and Care Excellence

View here

 

 

RECENT BCIS APPOINTMENTS

RECENT BCIS APPOINTMENTS

22nd September 2022

Dear BCIS Members,

We recently invited applications for a number of important roles.

I am delighted to announce that the following members have been appointed unopposed:

BCIS Honorary Secretary – Dr Gerald Clesham

Research and Development Working Group Lead – Professor Vijay Kunadian

Structural Intervention Working Group Lead – Professor Dan Blackman

There will be a run-in period before each of the successful applicants takes up their post in January 2023, for a term of 3 years.

On behalf of BCIS I’d like to congratulate the candidates and thank them for their commitment to the future development of our society,

All best wishes,

Clare Appleby

BCIS Honorary Secretary

Launch of Acute Aortic Dissection Pathway Toolkit

Dear stakeholder

Launch of Acute Aortic Dissection Pathway Toolkit

We are pleased to let you know that we have launched NHS England and NHS Improvement’s new Acute Aortic Dissection (AAD) Pathway Toolkit. This consists of three separate documents which you will find attached. These are:
– Acute Aortic Dissection Toolkit Final Version 20220314
– 45.2a AAD Toolkit Interaction pdf
– 45.2b AAD Self-Assessment Questionnaire

The toolkit aims to improve patient outcomes through optimising the pathway from the point of diagnosis to definitive care and is underpinned by 7 key principles.

The toolkit has been developed as part of the work programme of the Vascular and Cardiac Clinical Reference Groups and is one of the products of the Cardiac Pathway Improvement Programme (CPIP). It is primarily a resource for those delivering cardiac services and is not intended to be a patient-facing resource, however we are very grateful for the range of patient groups and people with experience of acute aortic dissection who have supported its development, alongside clinical experts. The toolkit will be housed on the FutureNHS platform – an online workspace for NHS staff.

A webinar is taking place on 4th May 2022 from 9:30am-11am where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the toolkit. This is an open invitation to anyone who is interested in the toolkit and further details will be shared in due course.

Should there be any queries in the interim, please contact tarana.akther@nhs.net.

Kind regards,

Tarana Akther (she / her)
Project Manager 
Specialised Commissioning, Service Transformation Programme
NHS England and NHS Improvement