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SCTS – Ionescu Additional Exceptional Fellowships 2019: winners

The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain & Ireland (SCTS) invited applications for 2019 round of additional exceptional fellowships for the portfolio of Fellowships sponsored by Mr Marian Ionescu. The winners are listed below.

SCTS-Ionescu Consultant Team Fellowships: 3 awards, £15,000 each

  • Ms Donna Eaton, Mater Miseriecordae University Hospital, Dublin to the Shanghai Pulmonary Unit to both increase and improve our surgical management of early lung cancer patients, and to understand principles in pathways of care in uniportal VATS lobectomy as well as gain exposure in Thoracic Surgery in spontaneous breathing patients.
  • Mr Uday Dandekar, University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire, to visit Prof Ozaki in Toho University Tokyo to focus on aortic valvular repair techniques using autologous pericardium (Ozaki technique).
  • Mr Omar Nawaytou, from Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital to visit Prof I El Hamamsy in Montreal Heart Institute to learn the Ross procedure to complement the Liverpool Thoracic aortic services and to benefit both adult and adult congenital patients.

SCTS-Ionescu NTN Trainee Travelling Fellowship: 1 award, £10,000

  • Ms Elaine Teh, South West Training Programme to visit Imperial Medical school and St Bartholomew hospital under the tutelage of Mr Sasha Stamenkovic to focus on Surgical innovation and Robotic thoracic surgery. The completion of the fellowship will be geared towards a post graduate Certificate in Surgical Innovation diploma in Imperial College.
  • Mr Amir Sepehripour, London post CCT Fellow in Barts Heart centre to visit Prof El Khoury in St Luc Belgium to focus on mitral surgery with emphasis on mini mitral programme and robotic mitral surgery.

SCTS-Ionescu Non-NTN Surgical Fellowships: 2 awards, £10,000 each

  • Mr Rohit Govindaraj, Golden Jubilee National Hospital Glasgow to visit the Shangai Pulmonary Hospitals to immerse in minimally invasive lung resections (uniportal) and lung cancer pathways. The fellowship will also focus on process mapping and pathways in their cancer treatment model in applying the technology to clinical practice.
  • Mr Mohammed El Saegh, St Bartholomew’s Hospital London to visit to Prof G El Khoury’s unit in St Luc Belgium to focus on aortic surgery.

SCTS-Ionescu Nursing & Allied Health Professional Fellowships: 3 awards, £5,000 each

  • Dr Bhuvana Bibleraaj, University Hospitals of South Manchester, to attend Surgeons as Educators Training course as well as visit local units in Atlanta to gain knowledge on local practice of SCPs particularly focusing on minimally invasive vein harvest. Bhuvana as the SCTS AHP education lead and Senior Lecturer in Manchester wants to enhance her role by understanding the broad principles and application of surgical education.

SCTS-Ionescu Medical Student Fellowships 4 awards, £500 each

  • Tom Eadington, Manchester University to go to Fortis Hospital Mumbai, to gain clinical immersion in cardiac surgery including paediatric cardiac surgery and transplant.
  • Jean-Luc Duval, King’s college London to visit Eric Williams Cardiac Centre in Trinidad to focus on cardiothoracic surgery and peri operative care under the supervision of Dr Natasha Rehaman-Ganga.
  • Arian Arjomandi Rad from Imperial College Medical School to do an elective attachment in the Hammersmith Hospital (Professor Prakash Punjabi) with a focus on cardiac surgery.

Application form here

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.

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Annual Meeting

The next meeting will be in Celtic manor on 22nd to 24th March 2020.

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SCTS Ionescu University 2017

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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 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.

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