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SCTS Toolkit

We are delighted to publish our Toolkit – ‘Transforming the Care we Deliver’ for Cardiothoracic Surgery

We hope this will be a catalyst to help everyone in cardiothoracic surgery reflect on current practice, to read what has been achieved in other units and consider what might be appropriate in your own unit.

To view the toolkit please click here

This is a 3 to 5 year strategy to:

  • Improve Patient Care and Experience
  • Provide Allied Health Professionals Equal Opportunities for Clinical Career Progression
  • Give Surgeons in Training more Access to Theatre to Develop and Refine their Skills

The toolkit shares examples of innovative and successful practice from around the nation. These examples clearly show what can be achieved and will allow us to evolve the delivery of care given to patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery.

We hope it will provide units and their leaders the resource to choose  their own bespoke models of care that will improve their service.

We are indebted to all the authors for their contributions, and in particular Abdul Badran, Tara Bartley, Bhuvana Krishnamoorthy, Jonathan Hyde, Zahid Mahmood, Helen Munday and Duncan Steele. Their chapters define why we need to change.

You are most welcome to contact SCTS for further information and / or support  Isabelle Ferner


App 1 ACP governance document 

App 2 Competences history taking

App 3 Competences abdominal exam

App 4 Competences cardiac exam

App 5 Competences respiratory system exam

App 6 Competences arterial sample

App 7 Competences ABG interpretation

App 8 Competences AXR

App 9 Competences CXR

App 10 Competences ECG

App 11 Competences TOE

App 12 Competences carotids

App 13 Competences anaesthetic room and operating theatre

App 14 Competences intubation

App 15 Competences arterial line

App 16 Competences central line

App 17 Competences artificial ventilation

App 18 Competences pacemaker

App 19 Competences long saphenous vein

App 20 Competences short saphenous vein

App 21 Competences radial artery

App 22 Competences internal thoracic artery

App 23 Competences median sternotomy

App 24 Competences median sternotomy closure

App 25 Competences anterolateral thoracotomy

App 26 Competences anterolateral thoracotomy closure

App 27 Competences posterolateral thoracotomy

App 28 Competences posterolateral thoracotomy closure

App 29 Competences discharge

App 30 Competences collaborative working and professional issues

App 31 Competences communication, documentation and information

App 32 Competences reflections and audit

App 33 Template ward round and discharge documents

App 34 Mapping of current posts

App 35 Assessment for future ACP posts

App 36 Business case

App 37 Proposed plan

App 38 Benefits realisation plan

App 39 Job description ACP trainee, band 7

App 40 Job description ACP, qualified, band 8a

App 41 Job description ACP, lead, band 8b

App 42 Job description ACP, corporate lead, band 8c

App 43 RCS England guidane on SCP role

App 44 Job description SCP, trainee, band 6

App 45 Job description SCP, band 8a_b

App 46 Job description PA, band 8a

App 47 Job plan ACP