VATS lobectomy rate now at 30%

The provisional 2013-14 SCTS returns for thoracic surgery are now available. We have received data from 3 Scottish units, 28 English, 2 Welsh, 1 Northern Irish and 1 in the Republic of Ireland. 1 English and 4 Republic of Ireland units that have previously submitted data have not yet done so for this audit year. […]

Mycobacterial infections

Public Health England announced on the 10th June that it is working with the NHS, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and NHS England to investigate a small number of mycobacterial infections potentially associated with heater cooler units used during cardiopulmonary bypass for cardiac surgery. Commenting on the announcement, a spokesperson for the […]


The Official Journal of Aortic Institute at Yale – New Haven Hospital: here

Hospital and consultant data updated

The SCTS ‘Patients’ pages have been updated to show results of surgery for hospitals and consultant heart surgeons up to 31 March 2013. Improvements have also been made to the look of these pages, to make them easier to read and understand. To access the new pages, click ‘Patients’ on the menu bar near the […]

2014 Ethicon Training Scholarships & Ionescu Fellowship

Once again, we are delighted to offer on of four £50k scholarships to our trainees and a £10k travelling fellowship to consultant members. For further information or an application form for either, please contact Isabelle Ferner at Deadline for applications is 3rd March 2014.

SCTS Governance Tool launched

SCTS, in partnership with the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) and the University of Manchester, has released the SCTS Governance Tool. This new online rescource enables cardiac surgery consultants to access information about their clinical activity and outcomes, which facilitates effective monitoring of data quality and clinical practice. The tool allows selection of […]

SCTS publish iBook manual for patients

SCTS publish a manual for patients on what they can expect from their heart surgeon In a drive to put patients first in all their activities, the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) is today publishing UK Heart Surgery: What Patients can expect from their Surgeons in partnership with the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research […]

SCTS University Films 2013

As part of an ongoing initiative within the SCTS, the SCTS University has launched a library of educational material. Sessions within this library cover the Educational Streams and the Lunch Box sessions from the SCTS University in 2012 and 2013. This repository of educational material should prove to be a valuable source of information for […]

Checklist for Revalidation 2012

The College has also developed a two-page checklist as a tool that aims to facilitate surgeons’ revalidation by providing a succinct summary of all requirements for surgical revalidation.