Nurses & Allied Health Professionals

SCTS Ionescu Nursing & Allied Health Professional Fellowship Award 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.
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.
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”.
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.
Closing date for applications is midday Friday 28th April 2017.

Application form

Forum 2017 – Promotional Video

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2016 Forum Presentations

Presentations given at the 2016 Forum were recorded and will be made available here for viewing. Check back regularly for new uploads.

2016 Presentations

Forum Archives

Forum 2016 – Welcome

Christina bannister

Cardiothoracic Forum


The 2015 annual meeting was held at the Manchester Conference Centre. This was the second combined meeting with ACTA (Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists), and once again gave all Cardiothoracic Forum participants the opportunity to network with nurses and allied health practitioners from all aspects of cardiothoracic care, including those working in theatres and on cardiothoracic intensive care and high dependency units. This years’ forum looked at aspects of work across the entire spectrum of cardiothoracic care as they related to the patient’s journey, and had a special focus on enhanced recovery and critical care. We had an international faculty participating with professionals from Nursing and Allied Health backgrounds attending from the United States, Europe and the UK. As this was a joint meeting we again offered one free registration for every five booked. Read more

Allied Health Professional Education

The SCTS Education subcommittee is seeking to develop an Allied Health Professional (AHP) Education portfolio to underpin knowledge and excellence in practice.

For details of all upcoming courses Click here

For the 2017 Core Principles Cardiothoracic band 5 & 6 course Click here


  • To increase nursing profile within the Cardiothoracic surgical speciality, the cardiac arena and general nursing and allied health professional at local land national level.
  • To increase Associate membership of the SCTS.
  • To develop the forum at the annual meeting.
  • To further develop and maintain the nurses’ page on the web site.
  • To promote collaborative way forward for the patient pathway and erode divisions of the delivery of care.
  • To take an active role to help steer workforce changes.
  • To improve communication between centres, specifically nurses, surgical care practitioners and allied health professional.
  • To promote sharing of developments, innovation, and new ways of working

Achievements to April 2015


Cardiothoracic Forum 2015

2015 annual meeting excellent registration numbers

3 plenary speakers

Patient experience session with a cardiac and thoracic patient detailing their experiences

37 submitted papers accepted for presentation

6 further papers accepted for poster presentation only

1st CT Forum Ionescu University Stream

CT Forum room named the ‘David Geldard Room’ in recognition of the prior work of the SCTS Patients Forum


Continued support for the cardiothoracic forum at the annual meeting – in 2015 the forum now includes a stream at the SCTS Ionescu University.

SCTS Advanced Cardiothoracic Course. This course now runs annually. It has been very well evaluated and has previously been financially viable with support from Sorin. There is a video showing the content of the course, available through a link on the SCTS web site and used to promote the course nationally and internationally.

Associate Member Bursary remains available; details are on the SCTS web site, Nurses’ & AHP page.

Cardiothoracic Surgical Care Practitioners syllabus and examination. Approval for the SCP examination has been gained from the RCS(Ed) with SCTS recognition. Work around updating the syllabus has begun. Current review around the Quality Assurance process that will be required is ongoing.

SCTS Ethicon Sponsorship. Financial support has been gained from Ethicon for a number of training courses for the SCP’s & ACSA looking at both cardiac and thoracic surgical issues. A Master Class in Conduit Vein Harvesting was held in November 2014.

The first SCTS Advanced Nurse Practitioner service development study day sponsored by Covidien, was held at the RCS(Ed) in December 2014.

The first Ionescu Nursing & AHP Fellowship Interviews were held at the SCTS Annual Meeting this year – 2 of the applicants were successful and we look forward to their feedback.

Work is on-going with SCTS Education to create Band 5/6 competencies, and subsequent study days to ‘Train the Trainers’.

Patient Information

A work stream has commenced in conjunction with Bupa to create SCTS/Bupa patient information pages for both websites. Following an insight meeting at the SCTS annual meeting, work is ongoing with a group of cardiothoracic specialist nurses, and a patient focus group to create SCTS/Bupa cardiothoracic patient information.

Workforce Issues

Enhanced collaboration between SCTS & ACSA – ACSA membership now joint ACSA & SCTS Associate membership with benefits from both organisations.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Survey completed, details of findings presented during the annual meeting at the EWTD Symposium, 2011. Plans to repeat this survey in 2015 are planned.

Research has been completed detailing the role of the Surgical Care Practitioner nationally.

Links to other Organisations on behalf of the SCTS
(Ms C Bannister & Ms T Bartley, OBE)

EACTS Nursing and AHP Programme Committee Members & Chairs at the past 5 EACTS Postgraduate Nurses Days.

WSCTS Nursing and AHP Programme Coordinators for the 25th Congress.

Cardiac Advanced Life Support, faculty member on numerous courses run around the UK & Ireland, and internationally.

Nursing Representative for the National Cardiac Benchmarking Collaborative.

Nursing Representative for the Cardiac Surgery Clinical Reference Group.


Education survey

At the 2014 CT Forum within the annual SCTS meeting in Edinburgh, an education questionnaire was circulated to discover the needs and wishes of the CT Forum participants. Read more

Fellowship Presentations 2016

  • Emma Hope


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Helen Munday Trust Matron

Direct Line: 01480 364508 or Bleep 925 [email protected]

Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust