Message from the President- Chrissie Birkett

I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a huge thank you to those of you who have supported my appointment as President of ACSA. I intend to undertake this important role with the professional enthusiasm and passion that ACSA deserves. I believe strongly that the Cardiothoracic SCP is pivotal in the delivery of expert care to the patient and aim to ensure that the excellent work undertaken within our teams is acknowledged and advertised to the greater audience. Having been described recently as a veteran in cardiac surgery I feel that I have the established clinical and professional capabilities to lead ACSA forward in new collaborative working with the two professional bodies that have supported us over the last few years. I will continue to forge these strong links with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery in order to nurture and develop on the sound professional standing already achieved by previous incumbents. I was fortunate to be invited to sit on RCS Edinburgh Peri-Operative Education committee developing courses for SCP’s, Surgical First Assistants and Peri-operative practitioners and I am currently involved in establishing membership criteria for a Faculty for Perioperative practice within RCS Edinburgh.

ACSA now has a seat within the Education Sub-committee of SCTS and the CT SCP Exam continues to progress and 2016 will be the last year of the “old” format.The executive team including myself and other senior CT SCP’s are now involved in question writing teams alongside consultant CT surgeons and educationalists developing a new exam structure and framework as a group.The number of courses promoted and supported by industry for ACSA members continues to increase and the education team continue their valiant efforts to provide first class educational opportunities for all ACSA members.

Communication is a tool not always well used and I will endeavour to ensure that there is clear vision of improvement for the next 2 years and onwards. The ongoing updating and development of the ACSA website will be used increasingly to advertise all courses available, please feel free to contact the educational team or administration withany job adverts or educational material that you have. Flyers and newsletters will also be sent to all members, being allied within and with the support of SCTS enables us to reach out to the wider audience and certainly the links with RCS Edinburgh are both greatly supportive and positive.

Membership of ACSA is the key for you to be involved in the way forward for CT SCP’s not only for your own education and professional development but helping to define the path for others by being involved.

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