SCTS Roles

January 25, 2021

SCTS Roles

Education Communication Lead

Job Description  –Application Form

Trust Appointed  Doctors Education Lead

Job Description  –Application Form

Innovation Sub-Committee Appointed Member

Job Description  –Application Form 

Women in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Job Description  –Application Form 

BCS/SCTS Cross Society Working Group

Expressions of interest. No application form.  One side of A4 why suitable for the role.

Please send to Isabelle Ferner

Deadlines 31st January 2021

Ethicon Fellowships 2021

January 14, 2021

Ethicon Fellowship 2021 

Applications for the Ethicon Fellowship 2021 are now open. The deadline is the 31st January 2021.

As before, these fellowships will have an extended time frame of 18 months to complete from the time of award allowing members to travel in the new normal. We look forward to receiving your applications. Application Form.

If you have any questions, please contact Letty Mitchell

NEW DATES: SCTS Virtual Annual Meeting 2021

January 14, 2021

Further to our email last week informing you we have had to regrettably postpone the SCTS Annual Meeting 2021, we are delighted to announce that the meeting will take place virtually from 9th to 11th May 2021.

We have consulted experts with regard to the probable period beyond the current wave of the pandemic when there is a time where we very much hope there is a window of respite.

We will of course continue to be in touch with you to provide further information about preparing for the meeting.  We have decided to extend early bird rates indefinitely for this meeting.

Once again, we want to thank you all for your fortitude and patience and look forward to ‘seeing’ you in May.

New Cardiac Surgery Blue Book

January 13, 2021

Cardiac Surgery Blue Book  

Released January 2021

SCTS are pleased to inform you that the latest edition in the Blue book series describing activity and outcome of cardiac surgery in Great Britain and Ireland is published on the SCTS website today. As you will discover, it is a very different book from previous iterations, and for good reasons as so much as changed. It is also the first to be published by SCTS alone, supported by a research grant from Heart Research UK. I am very grateful to my co-editor Stuart Grant, and all the authors who have so generously provided their time, experience and skill to put this all together. I hope you will think it worthwhile and enjoy reading about our national activity and further improvement in survival since the turn of the 21st century.

I tried to focus on what I considered the key trends during this era, and also to look at the overall national outcome and to move away from direct comparisons between hospitals and individual surgeons. As you will see, mortality in hospital has reduced further and in the future we need to concentrate on other outcome measures to keep the momentum of improvement going, and SCTS and NICOR are already working on this.

Finally, without stating the obvious, I wanted to thank all SCTS members personally for all their efforts to collect this data, as everything you read here is a direct result of the patients you treated and the information you entered since 2001.

David Jenkins
Chair SCTS Cardiac Surgery Audit 2013-2019


Congratulations: Award of OBE to Professor Farah Bhatti

January 13, 2021

Dear Colleague,

It is a pleasure to share with you the wonderful news that Professor Farah Bhatti has received  an O.B.E in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for Services to Diversity in the NHS in Wales.

Professor Bhatti read Medicine at Somerville College, Oxford and completed her clinical training at Jesus College and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. She has trained at a number of prestigious units including The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals. She spent 2 years in full time research into transplantation and gained an MD from Cambridge University.

Farah has been a cardiac surgeon in Swansea since 2007 and has worked tirelessly for equality and diversity. She is a pleasure to work with and is inspiring to all those around her.

She is humbled and honoured by this award and has been quoted in the media:

“It is absolutely wonderful to be recognised for the work I do in promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion”

‘It’s a privilege to be a cardiac surgeon and to also work towards creating a fairer environment where everyone can thrive.”

“I feel overwhelmed at receiving this honour, and would like to dedicate my OBE to my parents, who are the real heroes of my story”

She has personally overcome the prejudices that can exist and her personal firsts are:

  • First woman Consultant Cardiac Surgeon in Wales.
  • First British woman of Pakistani heritage appointed as a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon in the UK.
  • First female cardiac surgeon (and the first ever muslim woman) to be elected as Council Member of RCS England.

She has had, and still has many important roles which now include:

  • Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Morriston Hospital
  • Equality and Diversity Lead for the Graduate Entry Medicine programme and Professor at Swansea University Medical School.
  • Council Member of The Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Chair of the Women in Surgery Forum and the Emerging Leaders Programme.
  • Student Engagement Lead for the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS) (with Karen Booth).
  • GMC Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Forum
  • NHS BAME Clinical Advisory Forum
  • Independent Review into Diversity of Professional Leadership at RCS England – led by Baroness Helena Kennedy

Congratulations Farah. A most deserved honour and may you continue to succeed with this vital agenda that is so important for our working and private lives,

Simon Kendall

President, SCTS 

SCTS Virtual Annual Meeting 2021 POSTPONED

January 11, 2021

Dear all

The resurgence of COVID infection in the past few weeks has once again strained National Health services and is testing the resilience of its workforce.  As expected, people have risen to the challenge and are working assiduously with compassion and care. The junior doctors, nurses and Allied Health professionals in particular, are at the forefront of this battle.

The ethos of the SCTS annual meeting has been to enable the cardiothoracic community to keep up-to-date with current knowledge, learn from each other’s experiences and share best practice through interaction, with a common goal of improving care for our patients. After deliberating with members around the country we have realized that the meeting coincides with the peak of the second wave of COVID infection and will be a distraction for the core audience engaged in looking after patients. It will be impractical, even in a virtual format, to expect active and enthusiastic participation of the target audience, already over stretched with work, and will thus defeat the very purpose of our annual meeting.

We have therefore taken the difficult decision to postpone our SCTS Annual meeting, Ionescu University and Forum scheduled for 7-9th February 2021.

We are exploring with epidemiologists and experts to decide on the new date and will inform you the next few days.

We request that you please continue to register, (we have extended the early bird registration fees indefinitely), record and load your presentations and posters, and keep up your good and vital work.

And of course keep practicing for the 5K run!

Stay safe, and we’ll be in touch with more information soon.

SCTS Meeting Organising Team

SCTS Trust Appointed Doctors Education Lead Role

December 21, 2020

SCTS Trust Appointed Doctors Education Lead

Application Form

Job Description

The SCTS Trust Appointed Doctors Education Lead is responsible for developing and delivering the portfolio of education resources to promote and support the career of Trust Appointed Doctors. This is to ensure that our colleagues in the speciality of cardiothoracic surgery, who provide care to our patients are offered best support to ensure continuous professional development as well career development. This will also encourage entry to the speciality based on talent, ability and team-working as the overriding criteria regardless of background.

The SCTS Trust Appointed Doctors Education Lead will be a member of the SCTS Education Sub-committee, and accountable to the Education Secretaries and the Executive of the Society. The term of office is 3 years and may be extended up to 5 years.


The principal duties include:

  • Designing and running the SCTS Trust Appointed Doctors portfolio of training courses.
  • Maintaining a database of Trust Appointed Doctors.
  • Overseeing the Trust Appointed Doctors engagement meeting, which is part of the SCTS Annual Meeting.
  • Promoting courses from other organisations relevant to cardiothoracic surgery particularly, for example the RSM, RCS and ASIT.
  • Overseeing, in conjunction with the SCTS Education Secretaries, the selection of SCTS-Ionescu Trust Appointed Doctors
  • Create and oversee a national mentorship / role-model scheme to support Trust Appointed Doctors.
  • Commission a series of articles for the SCTS Bulletin to support and guide Trust Appointed Doctors career progression in cardiothoracic surgery.

Informal discussions may be held with Sri Rathinam & Carol Tan (Education Secretaries) and Zahid Mahmood (SCTS Education Trust Appointed Doctors Lead).

Interested members should submit a brief CV and a completed application form to by 31st January 2021.

SCTS Education Communication Lead Role

December 21, 2020

SCTS Education Communication Lead

Application Form

Job Description

The SCTS Education Communication Lead is responsible for developing, delivering and maintaining communication and dissemination of education resources to promote and support our members. This is to ensure that our colleagues in the speciality of cardiothoracic surgery, are updated on the activities of SCTS Education, as well as offered continuous professional development.

The SCTS Education Communication Lead will be a member of the SCTS Education Sub-committee, and accountable to the Education Secretaries and the Executive of the Society. The term of office is 3 years and may be extended up to 5 years.

The principal duties include:

  • Designing and overseeing the Education portal of the SCTS website.
  • Support and oversee the administrative staff in communications in the social media regarding SCTS education activities.
  • Liaising with stream leads of SCTS Education to get timely updates on activities for the web portal and social media updates.
  • Supporting the Editor of SCTS Bulletin and Education secretaries in editing and overseeing the contents pertaining to SCTS Educational activities and fellowship reports.
  • Leading or supporting the publication of Perspectives in Cardiothoracic book.
  • Liaising with the SCTS Education Podcast Lead to ensure timely content and updates.

Informal discussions may be held with Sri Rathinam & Carol Tan (Education Secretaries).

Interested members should submit a brief CV and a completed application form to by 31st January 2021.

Winners of the 50 Year Pericardial Awards

December 18, 2020

50 Years Pericardial Valve Fellowship Winners


New SCTS Education Podcast Available

December 14, 2020

Delivering Cardiac Surgery in Developing Countries

There are not one but two interviews in this bumper podcast episode!  We talk to Consultant Cardiac Surgeon Mr Enoch Akowuah and Scrub Nurse Mrs Caroline Baldwin from South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust about their work with the team in Kumasi, Ghana setting up a new Cardiac Surgery Unit.  This is followed by a discussion with Consultant Congenital Cardiac Surgeon Mr Ramana Dhannapuneni all about his work with charity Healing Little Hearts delivering cardiac services to children with Congenital Heart Disease around the world.  Enjoy!

Twitter: @podcast_scts