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Surgical Skills Training

November 20, 2016 19:05

David O’Regan, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Leeds has added a series of surgical skills training videos to the trainees page. Read More

Professional Development Course for the non NTN trainees

October 31, 2016 20:49

The educational committee of SCTS is organizing Professional Development Course for the non NTN  trainees at University Hospital, Coventry on 28th November , 2016. The programme has evolved over the past couple of years based on the success of previous course and feedback. It will include issues related to career development and progression, revalidation, CESR process, research, effective interview techniques and mock interviews. The final programme will be circulated shortly.

Annual Meeting - call for abstracts

September 12, 2016 21:28


CTRC September newsletter

September 6, 2016 22:04

Please see the latest CTRC newsletter here.

The papers mentioned in the newsletter are available: thymectomy, specialisation.

Ethicon SCTS Education Day

July 17, 2016 21:22

Details of the next Ethicon / SCTS Education Day have been announced. See flyer below.


Registration: here

Cardiac agenda: here

Thoracic agenda: here

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November 28, 2016

Category: GeneralProfessional Development Course for the non NTN trainees

Professional Development Course for the non NTN trainees
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December 5, 2016

Category: TutorsCore Cardiac Surgery Course (ST4A)

Core Cardiac Surgery Course (ST4A)
December 6, 2016

Category: TutorsCore Cardiac Surgery Course (ST4A)

Core Cardiac Surgery Course (ST4A)
December 7, 2016

Category: TutorsCore Cardiac Surgery Course (ST4A)

Core Cardiac Surgery Course (ST4A)
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December 12, 2016

Category: GeneralSpecialty Skills in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Specialty Skills in Cardiothoracic Surgery
December 13, 2016

Category: GeneralSpecialty Skills in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Specialty Skills in Cardiothoracic Surgery
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Nurses & AHP Forum Presentations

The excellent presentations given at the 2016 Forum are now available in video and pdf format for review on the Nurses & AHP page. Read moretavi

SCTS Ionescu University 2016

Videos of the presentations are currently being uploaded:

Birmingham 2016

Featured Presentation

In favour of open vein harvest

D Souza (Örebro, Sweden) argues that an open vein harvest technique including peri-adventitial fat is best to optimise long-term patency.


  • Mini-mitral: lessons from Leipzig

Operative Video Prizes


More details and application form are on the trainees' page. Closing date 5th January 2017.

Allied Health Professional Education

For details of all upcoming courses: Read more

Annual Meeting

The next meeting will be in Belfast on 12th to 14th March 2017.

More details here

See previous programmes here: Read more


Professional Development Programme

Following the very successful pilot the SCTS Education Professional Development course is now open. Details are on the attached flyer. The course places are heavily subsidised for SCTS members and there are limited places for each date. All the pilot places were gone within one week so immediate application is advised. Non SCTS members pay the full price so this course is a benefit of SCTS membership.

This programme is aimed at consultants, senior trainees (ST5 onward) and equivalent, and is rolling so modules can be taken in any order.

The course has been designed to meet many revalidation requirements and is tailored to the needs of cardiothoracic surgeons.

This course has top modules from our award winning partner and includes sessions on understanding the healthcare environment, management, leadership, transformation and finances.

Following course participation delegates will be better equipped to deal with the rapidly changing NHS and effectively lead their services.

Flyer           Website

Trainee Courses

SCTS Education / Ethicon Curriculum-aligned Cardiothoracic Surgery Training Courses are an innovative portfolio of 12 courses that have been designed and implemented by the current SCTS Tutors to mirror the ISCP curriculum.

All nationally-appointed Cardiothoracic Surgery Trainees will be given the opportunity to attend 12 specifically designed courses (2 courses per year during their 6 year programme). The portfolio of courses will deliver a continuous programme of learning which has been mapped out to mirror the ISCP Cardiothoracic Surgery curriculum. The programme has been endorsed by the Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) and attendance at the courses will be monitored through the ARCP and CCT process. These courses complement knowledge and skills learned during their training programme and will use a variety of techniques to deliver education.

Details of the aims and delivery of all of these courses are available on the Tutors' page. Read more

Debate: minimally-invasive mitral surgery

Mini-mitral - con
Mini-mitral - pro


  This is the educational website of the SCTS and is overseen by its Education Committee. The Education Committee serves as a link between the Executive and the Cardiothoracic SAC to ensure that educational matters are highlighted in the Society. Read more
  The SCTS University was launched in 2010 at the SCTS Annual Meeting in Liverpool and is now the largest Cardiothoracic Educational Programme in the UK. The first recording of this contemporary educational material was in 2012 at the joint ACTA / SCTS meeting in Manchester, with each subsequent SCTS University recorded and the educational material made available via this website. Read more
  The SCTS Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Mr Marian Ionescu at the annual meeting in Manchester 2015. His name has been added to the SCTS University logo. Read more