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The Cardiothoracic 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 Anaesthesia Party (lockdown allowing) to allow for networking and further discussion of topics discussed...
Our aim is for CAP 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 CAP 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 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 CAP 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 Manpreet Bahra is an anaesthetic ST6 trainee within the Central London School of Anaesthesia. She has recently joined the CAP team as Stage 2 Lead and is keen to promote trainee engagement with CAP’s work at the various stages of anaesthetic
training. She has clinical interests in regional anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and medical education. Outside of work she is a travelling enthusiast, aspiring photographer and book worm.
Miss Victoria Rizzo is a cardio-thoracic surgery trainee working at ST6 level at St Thomas Hospital. She is a recent addition to our team to enhance collaboration with cardiac and thoracic surgeons across the UK. Her primary interest is cardiac surgery and specifically aortic work. Victoria is passionate about improving training and education for London trainees. She is originally from the sunny island of Malta and spends most of her free time dreaming of the beach and planning trips across the world (recently significantly limited due to the pandemic).
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.
Dr James Hambly is the third of the CAP 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.
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.
The Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia Partnership was founded at Barts Heart Centre in 2021. We evolved from the Bart's anaesthetic fellows' club and we are lucky enough to be able to depend the incredible knowledge and kindness of the anaesthetists, intensivists, cardiologists, surgeons and perfusionists at Barts for our meetings. We also stay true to our roots by giving Bart's anaesthetic fellows a platform to present at our meetings.
We continue to host our meetings at Barts every month but we are not officially affiliated with Barts Health and feel we must draw this distinction to ensure clarity of our position and our goals.
We are very pleased to announce a small change in our name to reflect the growth of our partnership, thanks in no small part to our viewers and presenters who come from all parts of the world, not just London.
While the Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia Partnership started off in London and retains its roots in the capital, we felt that to be more inclusive and representative of our goals, audience and speakers, it was time to drop the 'London' and continue forward as CAP.
We have a new email address: email@example.com and a new twitter handle: @CAPanaesthesia (if you followed us before, this will automatically be updated in your 'following' list so you don't need to change anything)