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May 1, 2017 21:10

The date for the next Introduction to Cardiothoracic Surgery Course has been announced.
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SCTS Ionescu Nursing & Allied Health Professional Fellowship Award 2017 Extended Deadline!

March 21, 2017 14:30

SCTS Ionescu Nursing & Allied Health Professional Fellowship Award 2017

Extended Deadline!

Midday Friday 28th April 2017

SCTS Education is delighted to announce fellowships for Nursing & Allied Health Professionals (AHP) in the development of their current role. The award will assist with travel, accommodation and support.
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The aim of the award is to broaden and deepen the fellowship experience within or outside the UK. The successful fellows will be working with the similar professionals in the UK or abroad, e.g.:

  • Nurses
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioners
  • Surgical Care Practitioners
  •  Physician Assistants
  • Nurse VAD Practitioners
  • Perfusionists

To be eligible, applicants must be a qualified nurse or AHP currently working within the field of cardiothoracic surgery with at least 3 – 5 years experience as a:

  • Cardiothoracic Nurse
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  • Surgical Care Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant
  • Nurse VAD Practitioner
  • Perfusionists / ECMO Practitioner
  • Other

Applicants must be associate members of SCTS and professionally registered members of NMC / HCPC working within Cardiothoracic Surgery.

To apply for membership please use the link below:


Successful applicants will begin the fellowship before 31 December 2017.

Please send the completed application to [email protected] with the subject line “NURSING & AHP FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION 2017”.

Applicants must include their current CV along with a proposal detailing how this award will enable the individual to promote and/or develop their Nursing / AHP role.

We encourage all eligible applicants to apply for this great opportunity!

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Fellowship winners

March 14, 2017 07:25

SCTS Education Ethicon Trainee Fellowship 2017 winners:
Tamara Ni Dhonnchu
Ramesh Kutty
Bao Nguyen
Ishtiaq Rahman

Marian and Christina Ionescu Travelling Fellowship Winner:
Keng Ang

SCTS Ionescu Non-NTN Scholarship winners:
Lakshmi Srinivasan (Thoracic)
Cristiano Spadaccio (Cardiac)

Medical Student Fellowship Winners:

Cindy Rodrigues Cleto
Martyn Eckersley
Shruti Jayakumar
Eyal Ben-David
Devan Limbachia
David Tang

CT Forum University Wetlabs programme

March 5, 2017 20:22

The programme for the CT Forum University Wetlabs day is available here

Ethicon SCTS Education Day September 2016 Presentation Slides

January 30, 2017 13:38

Some of the presentations from the Ethicon SCTS Education Day held in September 2016 now available to access.

Click below to view slides:

Najib Rahman

Steven Watkins

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Nurses & AHP Forum Presentations

Presentations given at the 2017 Forum are now available in pdf format for review on the Nurses & AHP page.
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SCTS Ionescu University 2017

Videos of the presentations are available to view:

Belfast 2017

Annual Meeting

The next meeting will be in Glasgow on 18th to 20th March 2018.

See previous programmes here: Read more


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R Gill (Southampton, UK) discusses the role of fibrinogen in coagulation and the REPLACE trial of its use in complex cardiovascular surgery.


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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.

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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

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  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