North Staffs

Interventional Fellowship – University Hospital of North Staffordshire

Supervisor: Dr J Nolan (

University Hospital of North Staffordshire is a busy tertiary cardiac unit and surgical referral centre. The hospital admits over 1000 patients with MI per annum, has 57 cardiology beds and 3 cath labs. There is one Interventional Fellowship post that usually starts in September. The Fellow will usually be offered 7 lab sessions per week and can expect to perform approximately 300 first operator cases per year. He/she will also gain experience from the busy PPCI service and may gain experience in alcohol septal ablation, percutaneous closure of ASD’s, and balloon mitral valvuloplasty. In addition, there are opportunities to gain experience in structural intervention including TAVI.


Next due to be advertised around May 2012 in medical press.


Author & Current Fellow: Dr Samer Arnous (

I am currently an intervention fellow at UHNS. The job provides an excellent opportunity to train in coronary intervention in an internationally reputed UK centre.

UHNS is situated in the heart of Stoke, within easy reach of Manchester & Birmingham on the M6. Most registrars are on the Midlands training scheme and therefore live in Birmingham which is 45 minutes to an hour drive from Stoke.

I live 2 miles from the hospital for convenience (rent is reasonable and I saved a lot of commuting time during the week). If you have a family you may prefer to live in nearby areas such as Stone, Knutsford or even Birmingham.

The number of PCI cases per year is 1800-2000; a large majority are complex with multivessel disease, unprotected LMS, re-intervention bifurcation and graft cases. There is good scope for using adjunctive devices like IVUS, pressure wire, rotablator & IABP. There is a 24 hour primary PCI service, with a total of 500-600 primary angioplasties per year. You would expect to do 300-600 first operator PCI cases depending on your experience. There is the opportunity to improve your expertise in right heart catheterisation in heart failure, valvular pathologies, PFO/ASD closure, aortic valvuloplasty and TAVI.

A typical week consists of 6-7 lab sessions, 2 clinic sessions and half day for admin/research.

There are 7 registrars/SPR’s working in the department with a 1:6 on-call rota.

You are encouraged to take part in research. The large volume of cases and case mix provides a great source for submitting abstracts and publications. However, it is a very busy centre and therefore extra time must be made if one wishes to participate in research.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested in applying and require further details.

Contact details:

Dr. Samer Arnous

Tel: 07826494447