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BCCA President's Message 2019
As we approach Christmas and the New Year it is worth reflecting on what has been quite an eventful year.
Most recently, the General Election has clarified the direction the country will be taking with respect to BREXIT. The field of congenital heart disease is a good example of a truly international speciality where opinions are sought and management discussed regardless of any redrawing of the political landscape. The workforce in our speciality in the UK is also international and we hope that recent uncertainties do not make colleagues feel unwelcome or under-valued. It is critically important that we continue to recruit the very best staff to care for our patients.
The current BCCA Workforce Survey (circulated to colleagues identified as the network lead and/or lead CHD cardiologist lead) should give us more insight into those who have joined and left over the past several years. For those who have left, it is important that we know as much as possible about what the relevant drivers were for their decisions. We will publish the findings of the survey in the new year.
The BCCA meeting was a great success in November and the Newcastle team deserved huge credit for the quality of the programme which was extremely well received.
As discussed at the meeting, the BCCA will be striving to see if there are ways that lessons can be learned between centres to optimise patient outcomes. It is also heartening to see new initiatives such as the Right aortic arch registries showing a willingness to collaborate between centres. The outcomes data nationally shows a high level of performance across the board which bears testament to the hard work being done at every level to improve outcomes.
I would like to wish you all a peaceful festive season and best wishes for the New Year.
With best wishes
Professor John Simpson
British Congenital Cardiac Association