Professional Development Courses

April 2016

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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Marian and Christina Ionescu Travelling Fellowship 2018

16 October 2017

The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain & Ireland (SCTS) is pleased to invite applications for the Marian and Christina Ionescu Consultant Travelling Fellowship 2018.

Eligible applicants include Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeons currently working in Great Britain & Ireland in all sub-specialties, including adult cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, congenital cardiac surgery and transplantation surgery.

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The fellowship is awarded to support a visit of an individual or a team to a cardiothoracic surgery centre, which may be in GB & Ireland or abroad.

The fellowship can be utilised for further development of clinical skills, management, leadership skills or service improvement. The applicant should be able to describe how their fellowship will enhance the team they work in, their organisation, the specialty of cardiothoracic surgery and the wider NHS.

Applicants must be a member of the SCTS to be eligible for these fellowships.

Please send an application with the following details:

  • Completed application form.
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages).
  • Letter from the visiting centre & consultant cardiothoracic surgeon confirming acceptance and details of the experience to be gained.
  • Letter of support from Clinical Director or Medical Director.
  • Confirmation of SCTS membership.

Successful applicants will be announced at the SCTS Annual Meeting in Glasgow (18th – 20th March 2018). They will also be expected to submit a report to be published in the SCTS Bulletin and a short video describing their fellowship to be shown at the 2019 SCTS Annual Meeting.

The fellowships must be started within 12 months of the award.

Please send the completed application, along with accompanying documents, to [email protected], with the subject line: “Consultant Travelling Fellowship 2018 Application”.

Please ensure all files attached include the applicant’s name as part of the title, i.e.

“Consultant Travelling Fellowship 2018 Application – Peter Smith”.

Closing date for applications is 10th December 2017 at 16:00.

Ionescu consultant travelling fellowship 2015

P Modi (Liverpool, UK) presents his experience at the SCTS 2016 meeting.

SCTS Education VATS lobectomy programme

09 September 2015

This is a programme for Consultants under development by SCTS Education, Mike Shackcloth and Tom Routledge.


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Ethicon Symposia 2015

21 September 2015


Presentations given at the recent Ethicon Cardiac and Thoracic symposia held in Wokingham, UK were recorded. These videos have just been made available on this site. The 2014 Thoracic Symposium review is available here: Read more

The symposia were attended by Consultants invited by Ethicon. All of the 2015 cardiac and  thoracic sessions can be viewed below.

Aortic valve sessions

  • R James - aortic valve guidelines 2014

Mitral valve sessions

  • I Ahmed - mitral valve early intervention

Thoracic sessions

  • T Treasure - recruiting into surgical trials