British Junior Cardiologists Association (BJCA)
Who are we?
The BJCA is your society! We exist to facilitate and support training of all UK cardiology trainees. We are made up of trainee members throughout the UK, and communication with our 1412* members is coordinated by local deanery representatives and a central council. We have official representation on the councils of all the subspeciality professional bodies and we represent your views on the national Cardiology Speciality Advisory Committee (SAC) and other groups that organise our training.
Why should I join?
Navigating your way through speciality training can be a daunting task and we are uniquely placed to help you in this. Membership will allow you unique access to information on upcoming training events and conferences, the EEGC, committee news and allow us to canvass your opinion on a range of issues that affect your training. We hope that the National Cardiology Handbook (updated August 2020) will answer many of your questions and help to guide you painlessly through core training.
Keep an eye on our news feed for details of booking onto our ever popular courses including ‘Cardiology to the Core’ and ‘HeadStart in Cardiology’ all delivered free to BJCA members.
New for 2020, we have developed a comprehensive online learning resource (BJCA.tv) to facilitate continued cardiology education and training in the absence of traditional face-to-face opportunities. BJCA.tv is a single repository of catalogued webinars and training videos with the primary intention of developing curriculum competencies for trainees. High-quality, locally delivered virtual teaching sessions have been shared by several parent institutions to collaboratively develop a library with a single point of access.
Dr Chris Allen
Current Role: ST5 NIHR BRC Clinical Training Fellow, St Thomas' Hospital, King's College London, Thames South Deanery
Areas of special interest: Interventional cardiology and invasive assessment of cardiovascular physiology
Dr C. Fielder Camm
Current Role: Cardiology Registrar, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Oxford Deanery
Immediate Past President
Dr Abhishek Joshi
Current Role: ST6 Imaging and Intervention trainee, Barts Heart Centre and BHF Clinical Research Training Fellow, James Black Centre, King's College London, Thames North West Deanery
Areas of special interest: Acute cardiovascular risk prediction, platelet biology, epigenetics, proteomics and applying informatics strategies to research and clinical data and Heart Failure
- Council of British Cardiovascular Society - Dr Chris Allen (Thames South)
- SAC Committee - Dr Chris Allen (Thames South), Dr C. Fielder Camm (Oxford) and Dr Sarah Birkhoelzer (Wessex)
- BCS Training Committee: Dr Abhishek Joshi (Thames North East), Dr Chris Allen (Thames South), Dr C. Fielder Camm (Oxford) and Dr Sarah Birkhoelzer (Wessex)
- Digital and Communications Lead - Dr Nikhil Ahluwalia (Thames North East)
- Womens' and Flexible Training Representative - Dr Sarah Birkhoelzer (Wessex)
- Chair of BJCA Starter Member Committee - Dr Rafail Kotronias (Oxford)
- BMA Trainee Working Group - Dr Chris Allen (Thames South)
- Council of Scottish Cardiac Society - Dr Andrew Chapman (Scotland South and South East)
- BJCA Survey Coordinators - Dr C. Fielder Camm (Oxford) and Dr Andrew Chapman (Scotland South and South East)
- Digital Education Committee Representative - Dr Balrik Kailey (Thames North West)
BCS Affiliated Societies/Associated Groups Representation
- BACPR representative - Dr Reza Aghamohammadzadeh (North West)
- BCIS representative - Dr Thomas Gilpin (Wessex)
- BHRS representatives - Dr Nikhil Ahluwalia (Thames North East) and Dr Heather Edwards (Wales)
- BHVS representative - Dr Chris Allen (Thames South)
- BNCS representative - Dr Paul Scully (Thames South)
- BSCI/BSCCT representative - Dr Alastair Moss (Wessex)
- BSCMR representatives - Dr Sabrina Nordin (Scotland South and South East) and Dr Antonio De Marvao (Thames NW)
- BSE representative - Dr Rebecca Chamley (Oxford)
- BSH Trainee Observer - Dr Sanjay Bhandari (East Midlands South)
- AICC (Association for Inherited Cardiac Conditions) Trainee Representative - Dr Lynne Millar (Thames NE)
How do I join?
Membership is free, and is open to all cardiology specialty registrars holding an NTN or LAT, and cardiology research and clinical fellows. We offer a "Starter" membership for Foundation Programme and Core Trainees interested in undertaking Higher Specialty Training in Cardiovascular Medicine. (Please note that if you are still a medical student, you will not be eligible to join BJCA til you graduate. In the meantime, BJCA suggest that you enquire about membership with the British Undergraduate Cardiovascular Association).
The British Junior Cardiologists' Association (BJCA) have produced a National Cardiology Handbook aimed at core trainees. The starting point for this document is: "What we wish we'd known the day we started cardiology training."
It is intended that the contained guidance, approved by the BCS, will help core trainees avoid the common pitfalls and maximise the benefit of their training from the outset. In addition, it will provide common ground between core cardiology trainees and their trainers across the country.
A PDF version of the document is available by clicking here.
Since the introduction of the HEE study leave reforms, feedback has consistently highlighted opacities and inequities in the system, leading to trainees missing out on vital education. Together with the Cardiology SAC, we have worked to produce a much broader list of agreed courses, including an expanded list of ‘mandatory’ courses tracked to curriculum requirements, with the intention of making your study budget much easier to access. The attached list has been circulated to all Heads of School and is now ‘live’. It is not intended to be exhaustive, further suggestions welcomed. Your feedback is vital and much appreciated to continue improve the process. Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org with ’Study Leave’ in the subject header. By definition, this document applies ‘directly’ to trainees in England, however, the framework is also intended to assist trainees in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Dr Chris Allen
President, BJCA (2020-2022)