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Operative Video Prizes

June 26, 2016 09:29


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

Perspectives in Cardiothoracic Surgery

April 25, 2016 22:08


Section I: Cardiac Surgery – Minimally Invasive Surgery for the Mitral and Aortic Valves
Section II: Thoracic Surgery – The Treatment of Diseases of the Pleura

With the publication of ‘Perspectives in Cardiothoracic Surgery – The SCTS Ionescu University 2015’ we are pleased to be able to publish the key presentations edited in a more scholarly format for the benefit of the SCTS membership and the wider profession. These perspectives are up to date reviews of areas of clinical practice authored and edited by leading experts who have kindly contributed to this next phase of education from the SCTS Education Committee and Annual Meeting. (click image to view book as PDF)

Operative video prize

April 23, 2016 22:11

The six shortlisted videos for the SCTS Education operative video prize, held late last year, are now available to view on the Trainees’ page
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CPD Programme for Cardiothoracic Surgeons

March 15, 2016 09:00

Following a very successful pilot, ‘The CPD Programme for Cardiothoracic Surgeons’ is launched at the SCTS conference 2016. Places are limited. For more details and to book please go to http://scts.academyst.co.uk/

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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

Dynamic clinical prediction models

S Grant (Manchester, UK) explains how the SCTS database can be used for dynamic clinical prediction models, using mitral vale prosthesis choice as an example. G Hickey (Manchester, UK) looks at the history of prediction models and how dynamic models are built.


  • Mini-mitral: lessons from Leipzig

SCTS Ethicon University

Birmingham Review Course

22-24 September at Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham.

More details of the review course here.

Introduction to Cardiothoracic Surgery


Application form here

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.
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