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ST2 Essential Skills in Cardiothoracic Surgery Course

SCTS Education is running the Essential Skills in Cardiothoracic Surgery Course on the 26th & 27th September in Nottingham.

The aim of the course is to provide a systematic overview of all the Essential Skills required for a trainee early in their cardiothoracic surgery career, including small-group teaching on cardiothoracic anatomy, imaging, preoperative assessment and post-operative management.

The course will also give the candidates the opportunity to perform operative cardiothoracic surgical procedures during the wet-lab sessions. In addition, the candidates will be given an understanding of the National Selection process for cardiothoracic ST1 and ST3 posts from the SAC chairman and a recently successful trainee, as well as insight into life as a day 1 cardiothoracic ST3 trainee.

This is the only course that has been formally approved by the SCTS and scores points on the cardiothoracic surgery National Selection matrix.

If you are interested in attending we invite you to submit your CV and to complete and return the application form . The closing date for applications is Friday, 30th August 2019.

Successful applicants will be notified shortly after the closing date and although there is no cost for the course, you will be required to pay a refundable deposit of £200 to SCTS Education to confirm your place. Your deposit will be returned on attending the course.

SCTS-Ionescu Team Human Factors Course

SCTS has put together this exciting SCTS-Ionescu Team Human Factors Course to help understand and enhance team working. The course is delivered by trained individuals in human factors.


We will require you to bring a team of 8 members comprising of individuals from the multidisciplinary surgical team. The individuals from these groups would be, consultant surgeon (yourself mandatory) who must be an SCTS Member, consultant anaesthetist (mandatory), surgical registrar, anaesthetic registrar, scrub person (1 or 2), perfusionist (if cardiac team), surgical care practitioner, advanced nurse practitioner, intensive/critical care unit nurse, ward nurse, operating department/theatre personnel, managers. 

In order to apply, the interested parties should respond with names and roles of each team member along with a 500 word support statement. We will then select 2 teams and invite to the course.

The deadline for applications is Friday 9th August.

Accommodation for the night before the course will be paid for and the course is free. Teams will arrive on Thursday 26thSeptember at Denham Grove, where we will have a course dinner that evening. The course will then take place the following day on Friday 27th September at Harefield Hospital.

This course is offered as part of the SCTS-Ionescu Foundation.


SCTS Education is delighted to offer a one day Professional Development Course for SAS Doctors, taking place on Friday 26th July at Ashorne Hill, Leamington Spa.
Please find attached the course programme and further information: here
The course is offered complementary to SCTS members and will include a course dinner at the end of the course, allowing delegates to interact with the faculty.
In order to secure your place, please email Uday dandekar: [email protected] or Gregory Crawford: Grego[email protected]

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SCTS Education Professional Development

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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SCTS Education Curriculum-aligned Cardiothoracic Surgery Training 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.

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