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1. Introduction: Winter 2019 SVT Newsletter And Announcements

Welcome to the Winter Newsletter 2019

In this issue we have a summary of the committee reports as seen in the SVT Glasgow 2018 handouts. We have another follow up article on IQIPS Accreditation Patient Experience and an update on the NSHCS board meeting.

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SVT Presidents Announcments

by Dominic Foy

I hope you find the newsletter interesting. Please read on for more information.

  • First of all though I would like to thank Sara Causley (Hereford) for her strong, well informed and steady hand at the helm as SVT president last year. Sara continues to support me and in particular is working with Helena Edlin (Manchester) on the Apprenticeship pathway to vascular science.


  • Thanks also to Gurdeep Jandu (South Manchester) for his work on the newsletter. We are sorry to see him go but other commitments beckon! Dan Harding (Worcester) is taking over after this newsletter.


  • Carlos Pinho (London) takes on the Website Role from Lee Smith (South Manchester) who has agreed to be vice President of SVT this year. Thanks chaps!


  • Thanks Also to Naavalah Ngwa-Ndifor (Barts- London) for her hard work as chair of the Education Committee. We’re sorry to say goodbye to the party girl but we must! The very capable Heather Anderson (Edinburgh) is now in that role.


  • After years on the committee with so many hats on it must have put serious strain on her neck muscles Helen Dixon (King’s - London) has now finally left to focus on her day job. Thanks for your great work Helen.

  • I’d like to remind all AVS members to join the voluntary register. If you haven’t, why not? Its very easy to do using the tick-box in your locker- My account & Contact Preferences- Update details. A straightforward way of proving your up-to-date accreditation.


  • Time is always tight at the November Scientific Meeting to allow all the conversations you want to have, listen to all the presentations you want to hear and have time to take them in and maybe ask a question. For that reason we opted to switch to a 2 day format from last year. This allows the tutorials session to continue but to spread out the programme a little more and allow visits to some of the parallel talks when wanted. I hope you agree and will support this.


  • At the ASM it was great to see Abigail, Theresa & Tim again and to give them their awards for outstanding achievement and service to the Society. More on them later in the newsletter. We also had to say a sad goodbye to our old mate and past President Paul Brannigan who died after a long fight with cancer last year.


  • The 2 day basic Vascular Ultrasound for Surgeons takes place this June.



CX Symposium 2019 – Vascular & Endovascular Challenges


The CX Symposium continues its three-year cycle of raising vascular and endovascular controversies in order to challenge the available evidence and be able to reach a consensus after discussion with an expert audience. This year CX focuses on the challenges facing the vascular and endovascular world, and the audience will be offered three and a half days of Aortic, Peripheral, Venous, Acute Stroke, Vascular Access and, for the first time, iWounds activities.


Some of the important challenges presented to vascular specialists will be featured in special “CX 2019 Highlight” sessions. Our world-class Faculty will deep-dive into the paclitaxel controversy and its impact on patients.


We will explore the possible consequences of the new and still unpublished UK NICE guidelines on abdominal aortic aneurysms, and present what the vascular field is doing to tackle the slow recruitment into vascular management globally.


CX 2019 will host several Podium 1st presentations throughout the week. Due to the large amount of Peripheral data being presented for the first time at CX, these will be presented in a “Peripheral Podium 1st Session”.


Dates: 15th­-18th April 2019

Olympia London

Early bird deadline: 17th February

Vascular technologist/nurse registration (4-day rate) additional discount code: SVTGBI-CX2019-cc