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Speciality: Cardiology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/393

The West of Scotland Cardiology Training Programme provides excellent training opportunities in general cardiology and cardiology sub-specialties.

This training is provided in District General Hospitals in and outwith Glasgow and the Golden Jubilee National Hospital (GJNH), which functions as the Regional Heart Centre.  The GJNH houses the Scottish Advanced Heart Failure Service including VAD and transplantation and the Scottish Adult Congenital Heart Disease Service. All cardiac surgery in the West of Scotland takes place in the GJNH. In addition the GJNH has a coronary care unit and, in conjunction with cardiologists working in the Lanarkshire Cardiac Catherisation Laboratories at Hairmyres Hospital, provides a primary PCI service for patients with STEM in the West of Scotland.

Trainees will rotate through the GJNH both providing cover for coronary care and participation in the on call rota but also attending catheter and electrophysiology sessions on a modular basis. As the trainee progresses more time will be spent in GJNH pursuing sub-specialty interests in ST6 and ST7 such as Intervention, electrophysiology and device therapy, adult congenital heart disease, imaging and advanced heart failure.

The ST3 year is spent in a DGH doing Acute Medical Receiving and learning basic cardiology skills including echocardiography. The trainee takes part in the cardiology on call rota from ST4 onwards. Currently there are four coronary care units in Glasgow and one at GJNH).  During the years ST4 and ST5 the trainee is exposed to general cardiology in their base hospital including clinics, CCU, ward work, imaging and brady pacing. Trainees are expected to sit the KBA at the end of ST5 and then plan to sub-specialise. The WOS program provides a wide variety of sub-specialty training at a very high level.

The GJNH is the biggest interventional centre using radial access in the UK and can also provide training in rotablation, pressure wire and IVUS. The catheterisation laboratories at Hairmyres Hospital also provide training for those trainees wishing to sub-specialise in intervention.

In the GJNH there is a very strong Electrophysiology Department incorporating a PVI service for atrial fibrillation. A large number of devices are implanted including 125 complex CRT devices per annum. Clinics supporting the electrophysiology service take place mainly in the Royal Infirmary. Imaging services are provided both in DGH’s and at GJNH including specialist echocardiography, CT coronary angiography and cardiac MRI. The Advanced Heart Failure Unit and Adult Congenital Service provide further sub-specialty training. Glasgow has a very strong basis in cardiovascular research and there is a close link between the university and clinical research.

There is an ongoing education program for trainees with a full day meeting every two months which covers all aspects of the cardiology curriculum. There is a budget for study leave which is controlled by the TPD and encourages further study and training. The West of Scotland has a strong link with the Scottish Cardiac Society and all trainees are encouraged to present clinical and research data at the annual meetings which is an excellent forum for comparison of cardiological practice across the country.

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

University Hospital Ayr, University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank, University Hospital Hairmyres, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock, University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley , The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow , New Victoria Hospital, Glasgow, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, University Hospital Wishaw

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office West of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alastair McLellan
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr David Marshall
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval November 2022
Associated Royal College - Faculty
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Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Kerry Anne Ferrie
Address: NES, 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark Street, Glasgow, G3 8BW
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Aadil Shaukat
Address: Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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