The Cardiothoracic London Anaesthesia Partnership is a central point for advanced UK cardiothoracic anaesthesia training.
We host educational meetings and hands on teaching days for anaesthesia trainees and fellows with an interest in cardiothoracic anaesthesia. These meetings are followed by the Cardiothoracic London Anaesthesia Party (lockdown allowing) to allow for networking and further discussion of topics discussed...
Our aim is for CLAP to be a truly international partnership by regularly inviting experts practising in the various cardiac centres around the world to speak at our meetings. This allows the amazing work of different centres to be showcased and help to form and strengthen links between centres.
We are a group of anaesthetic trainees who met on a fellowship year at St Bart's Hospital in London. We began organising in-house Fellows Clubs centering on advanced cardiothoracic anaesthesia.
We felt the quality of the speakers and their presentations was too good not to share and believe we can provide a real hub for advanced cardiac anaesthesia training and resources across the United Kingdom (and beyond!).
Once this pandemic eventually blows over, the main aim of the CLAP will be realised and we can host some high quality social events, taking in the finest food and drink London has to offer (within a short distance of a cardiothoracic surgery centre...)
Our meetings will be primarily aimed at anyone undertaking an advanced cardiothoracic anaesthesia fellowship or those interested in cardiothoracic anaesthesia. However they will also have some useful topics relevant to getting the most out of the intermediate and higher cardiothoracic modules, as well as offering some free RCoA-approved CPD activity for consultants.
Dr Paul Balfour is one of the Cardiothoracic London Anaesthetic Partnership founding members. Having completed most of his Anaesthesia training in South East London, he has crossed the Thames to spend the last year as one of the Advanced Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia Fellows at Bart's Heart Centre. His main work interests are Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia. He is interested in improving educational opportunities within anaesthesia training. Outside of work he spends most of his time trying to keep his children alive and dreams of the day when he might have time to play tennis or go for a long run.
Dr Anders Hulme founded the CLAP during a fellowship year at Bart's while out of programme from the Central London School of Anaesthesia. He has clinical interests in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia, human factors, education and sustainable anaesthesia. In his spare time he is currently getting to grips with fatherhood while alternative careers in woodwork, graphic design and cycling remain firmly on the back burner.
(Anders is the one in the Vasco da Gama cap)
Dr James Hambly is the third of the C.L.A.P. founding fathers and unsurprisingly, he too has clinical interests in cardiothoracic anaesthesia. He is trying hard to combine this with an interest in prehospital medicine, which he is studying for a Masters degree in with London’s Air Ambulance and Queen Mary, University of London. In 2023 he will join Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance for a twelve month secondment. He is engaged in a prehospital project that aims to improve outcomes for acute aortic syndromes by making the diagnosis prehospitally, thus avoiding secondary transfer of this group of patients. Outside of work he has become a lockdown dog owner, is training for the final two world marathon majors (New York & Tokyo) and is working towards gaining his private pilot’s license.
Dr. Stephen Shepherd is a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia working in Barts Health. He has a varied practice working in cardiac, thoracic and vascular anaesthesia and as an ECMO specialist in one of the biggest cardiac arrest centres in the country. He has interests in critical care echocardiography, post-resuscitation care (co-authoring the recent update to Resuscitation Council guidelines on this lattermost topic) and complex airway work, leading the St. Bartholomew’s tracheostomy team and providing anaesthesia for central airway obstruction.
Usually one anatomy and one physiology/pathophysiology presentation by our anaesthetic fellows to provide an overview for the upcoming meeting.
Our surgical colleagues will discuss their patients' presentations, criteria for surgery and the technical aspects of the procedures themselves.
Where relevant we ask colleagues from complimentary specialities to share their knowledge and expertise on the topic at hand.
We're anaesthetists so obviously the most important talks of the evening are delivered by our consultant colleagues.
For the introductory and anaesthesia talks there will be an emphasis on TOE imaging, measurements and calculations.
Covid-19 allowing, we aim to host safe, socially-distant discussion and networking with refreshments provided.