Vacancy: QUIP Committee Chair

Take a lead role in driving quality improvement in cardiothoracic surgery

 

Do you have the strategic vision to lead EACTS’ Quality Improvement Programme (QUIP)?

EACTS is looking for a dedicated member to Chair our QUIP committee and play an important strategic role in representing the Programme’s vision and purpose.  

The Quality Improvement Programme operates two international databases: the Adult Cardiac Database (ACD) and the European Registry for Patients with Mechanical Circulatory Support (EUROMACS). These registries transcend national boundaries to unite individuals and institutions from around the world to advance clinical research and improve the outcomes and lives of patients.  

This is an exciting opportunity to drive quality improvement in cardiothoracic surgery and promote the importance of integrating quality improvement initiatives into daily clinical practice. 

Application

Applications are now closed.

If you have any questions, please contact us at quip@eacts.co.uk. 

About you  

  • Proficiency in English.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in the field.
  • You will be committed to the charitable objectives of the Association and the Committee, and be dedicated to the pursuit of clinical/research excellence and improving patient outcomes.
  • You will have an interest not just in cardiothoracic surgery, but also experience in managing clinical registries for hospital(s) on a national or international scale.
  • You will have a good understanding of epidemiology data and benchmarking, and be able to provide guidance in data collection, validating, and reporting.
  • You will have experience in monitoring efficacy of registries and applying strategic knowledge to support databases and their output. 
  • You must have sufficient time to attend at least four meetings per year and be willing to contribute between meetings as necessary.
  • The ideal candidate must be able to make the decisions on the nitty gritty of software logistics and data collection, without losing sight of the ‘big picture’.  

 

Job Description 

Job Title: Quality Improvement Programme Committee Chair 

Key Relationships: QUIP Manager and Members, EACTS Task Forces and Committee Chairs, EACTS office, EACTS Councillors.

Purpose of the role: to effectively manage the Committee and outline clear, long-term goals which are both in line with EACTS’ mission and help the Committee fulfil its purpose.  

 

Main duties and responsibilities 

  • To provide strategic and operational guidance to the Quality Improvement Programme and to the various current/developing international databases. 
  • To assess and advise on the QUIP objectives to ensure they are in line with the EACTS charitable objectives and 5-year strategy.  
  • To lead the Committee, recruiting members according to the skillset and knowledge required, chairing meetings and establishing milestones. 
  • To liaise with the other relevant EACTS database Task Forces and Committee Chairs to give strategic advice that will correspond to the overall objectives.  
  • To review the operational and technological requirements of the databases, assessing software support and platforms are performing at a sufficient standard to satisfy the needs of the users.  
  • To assist and advise panel on tender processes for relevant software and platforms to support the databases.  
  • To coordinate with the other database task forces/committee to analyse, review, and advise on the data in- and outputs of the databases, monitoring efficacy of the registries and user feedback.
  • To advise on the financial policy of the databases and coordinate with potential industry and stakeholders accordingly. 
  • To be a non-voting member of the EACTS Council / to provide reports on the progress of the QUIP Committee and the activities to the EACTS Council.  

 

Expected Commitments  

  • Regular Zoom and sometimes in-person meetings with the Committee. 
  • Attend/present at the EACTS Annual Meeting.  
  • Strict confidentiality observance. 
  • Provide true and complete information on relationships with industry; provide annual declaration of interest.  

EACTS designates emergency fund of €100,000 to support the cardiothoracic community in Ukraine

The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery unreservedly opposes the unlawful invasion of the sovereign state of Ukraine by the Russian Federation. We join with the overwhelming international majority in condemning these actions and in demanding an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine.

 

As an Association, we have considered how best to respond to this crisis in the interests of our Ukrainian members and the patients they support. We have taken the following steps;

  • We are immediately designating an emergency fund of €100,000 which we will use to best support the cardiothoracic community of Ukraine. We will be consulting with Vasyl Lazoryshynets, the Director of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery in Ukraine and other relevant bodies on the best use and timing of this fund whether in the form of emergency support now or to support rebuilding services in the future.

 

  • We have invited Vasyl Lazoryshynets to address members of EACTS Council, when convenient, to help us understand how best we can further support our Ukrainian colleagues both through the use of the emergency fund and other tangible means of support.

 

  • Today, our President – Friedhelm Beyersdorf – and Secretary General – Rafa Sadaba – have written to each Ukrainian member of EACTS setting out the steps we are taking and offering our unreserved support.

 

  • EACTS is an association of individual members; we do not have countries or their societies in membership. As a small gesture, we will be waiving the membership fee for all members from Ukraine, including for any new members who wish to join this year. It is important the services and educational tools we offer and all the benefits of EACTS’ membership, are available as widely as possible to those in greatest need.

 

  • We have posted statements on our social media accounts condemning the invasion. We have posted a video message from Vasyl Lazoryshynets and will continue to demonstrate our solidarity with the people in Ukraine.

 

We want to express our unequivocal support for the cardiothoracic surgeons and wider heart teams, their families and friends in Ukraine at this time. This act of aggression is having a devastating effect on the Ukrainian people, leading to multiple casualties and loss of life, separated families and a humanitarian crisis. We are deeply concerned for our Ukrainian members and Ukrainian citizens and express our solidarity and support for the people and health professionals of Ukraine.

The EACTS Women in Cardiothoracic Surgery Committee welcomes its newest members

On International Women’s Day 2022, EACTS would like to acknowledge and celebrate the tireless work and achievements of women in cardiothoracic surgery across the world.

The Women in Cardiothoracic Surgery Committee, chaired by Dr Jolanda Kluin, provides a forum for community-building, networking and leadership development for women cardiothoracic surgeons.

The committee has a clear mission to promote diversity and inclusion within EACTS and the wider field and help more women establish themselves in cardiothoracic surgery and take up leadership roles.

The Women in Cardiothoracic Surgery Committee recently welcomed two new additional members – Miia Lehtinen and Maroua Eid – to further strengthen the Committee and support its ongoing work.

Look out for more details about the committee’s work in the next issue of EACTS News.

EACTS is in solidarity with EACTS members in Ukraine

EACTS utterly condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine. No doubt all of us will want to express our unequivocal support for the cardiothoracic surgeons and wider heart teams, their families and friends in Ukraine at this time. This act of aggression is having a devastating effect on the Ukrainian people, leading to multiple casualties and loss of life, separated families and a humanitarian crisis. We are deeply concerned for our Ukrainian members and Ukrainian citizens.

EACTS has received a video from Vasyl Lazoryshynets, a member of EACTS and the Director of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery in Ukraine. Vasyl explains the impact of the war on the Ukrainian people and we encourage all members to watch his video.

As cardiothoracic surgeons, our actions save and improve lives for people every day. As Vasyl highlights in his video, ‘let’s stay united to protect the basic human right to life.’

If anyone would like to contribute to the humanitarian relief efforts, please consider supporting the UNHCR or ICRC. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

The venue for the 37th EACTS Annual Meeting is the Austria Center Vienna.

Austria Center Vienna
Internationales Amtssitz- und Konferenzzentrum Wien, AG
Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1,
A-1220 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43 1 260 69 0
Email: office@acv.at

ACV – Austria Center Vienna is right in the centre of Vienna, just 7 minutes from the historic city centre on the underground. The venue is right next door to the UN headquarters (Vienna International Centre) and is located next to the Danube and the Donaupark, Vienna’s largest park.

Please click here for details on getting to the Austria Center Vienna.

Tuesday 3 October 16:00-18:00
Wednesday 4 October 08:00-18:00
Thursday 5 October 07:00-18:00
Friday 6 October 07:45-18:00
Saturday 7 October 08:00-15:45

 

* Please note timings are subject to change. Further details on registration can be found HERE.

Wednesday 4 October 11:00-18:00 Techno College
Thursday 5 October 08:15-17:30
Friday 6 October 08:15-17:30
Saturday 7 October 08:30-15:30

 

* Please note timings are subject to change. Further details on the scientific programme can be found HERE.

A wide range of in-person and virtual sponsorship and promotional opportunities will be available soon.   Make sure that you don’t miss out! For further information, please contact  INDUSTRY@EACTS.CO.UK

Please book your accommodation through our officially appointed supplier:

For your hotel reservation in Vienna, Austropa Interconvention is appointed as Official Housing Bureau of the 37th EACTS Annual Meeting (2023). 

A number of hotel rooms at preferential rates in different price categories have been reserved in Vienna and surrounding areas for EACTS 2023 delegates.

Click HERE to book online.

For any further information please contact eacts2023@austropa.at

Due to limited room availability, it is advised that you make your reservation as early as possible in order to have the best choice of available hotels.

VIENNA CITY TAX

Ortstaxe is a local tourist tax used to help finance the Vienna tourist board. The city of Vienna requires hotels, B&Bs, and anyone offering any kind of temporary accommodation to charge you this Ortstaxe.

The Ortstaxe rate at the time of writing is 3.2% of the accommodation cost (after taking off sales tax, the cost of breakfast and then 11% of the remaining amount).

PLEASE BE AWARE!

There are a number of counterfeit websites or agencies – EACTS cannot guarantee any rooms/rates offered within these.  If you are in any doubt as to the authenticity of such sites or companies, please notify the EACTS Executive Secretariat immediately.

Local Information

Airport – Vienna International airport (VIE)

Vienna International Airport is 14km and approximately a 25-minute taxi away from the Austria Center Vienna. There are coaches and buses that run regularly from the centre of Vienna to the airport.

Banks & Exchange – Most banks in Vienna are generally open Monday to Friday from 08:00 – 12:30 and from 13:30 -15:00, and until 17:30 on Thursdays. In the city centre (1st district), almost all banks are open over lunchtime. Most are closed on Saturdays and Sunday. Most banks give you access to ATM/cash machine, deposit machine, and other necessities in their foyer via a debit/credit card.

Credit Cards – Visa and Mastercard are accepted in most places. Please note smaller places (especially restaurants) do not accept credit cards.

Currency – Euro €

Electricity – The power supply in Vienna is 230 volts and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. All sockets follow European standards. Austria uses 2-pin Schuko / Type F sockets and plugs, and are also compatible with the Europlug and the CEE 7/7 plug. To use American-type plugs, a 220-volt transformer should be used together with an adaptor plug.

Shopping Hours – Shops are usually open Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 18:30 and Saturday until 17:00 / 18.00; some shopping centres are open until 20:00 / 21:00 from Mon-Fri.

Shopping is available on Sundays and holidays at the large railway stations, at the airport and in the museum shops.

Taxis – For comprehensive information on Taxis in Vienna please visit this site.

Weather – Daytime temperatures usually reach a mild 15°C (58°F) in Vienna in October. Overnight temperatures are generally a little cool with an average low of 7°C (44°F).

Visas – Visa invitation letters will be available to download when registration for the Annual Meeting is opened.

Check if you need a visa HERE.

Museums – Most of Vienna’s museums open their doors daily. Some are closed once a week, often either on Monday or Tuesday. The daily opening times vary but are often open between 10:00 and 17:00. Some of the large museums offer art lovers one late evening per week and stay open until 20:00 or 21:00. All details at Vienna’s attractions

Covid-19

To ensure the safety of all those attending, we are aligning our health and safety measures with the Federal Ministry Republic of Austria’s COVID regulations.  However, it is important that you take personal responsibility to travel safely and keep abreast of the regulations in your own country, as well as in Vienna.

Before you travel to Vienna, please check the applicable entry requirements for the country you are travelling from along with any regulations for your return travel. You can check requirements via the Federal Ministry Republic of Austria website: Coronavirus (sozialministerium.at). You should also check the regulations your airline or transport provider may have in place in relation to pre-travel Covid-19 testing and mask etiquette.

All travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others.

Your health and safety whilst on site in Vienna is our primary concern. The Austria Center Vienna is fully operational with a full COVID protocol in place – further details can be found via their website here: Covid-19 prevention für Ihr Event | Austria Center Vienna (acv.at)

In Vienna only, FFP2 masks remain compulsory on public transport (as well as pharmacies). Children under the age of 6 are exempt, those from 6 to 13 can wear a regular mask while FFP2 masks are mandatory from the age of 14. (November 2022)

If you test positive for COVID-19 in Austria and do not have symptoms, you must wear an FFP2 mask when outside (except when outdoors and more than 2 metres away from other people).

If you have symptoms, you should stay at home.

IMPORTANT

Please book your accommodation through our officially appointed agency:

Austropa Interconvention
Jakov-Lind-Straße 15, 1020 Wien, Vienna – Austria
Email: eacts2023@austropa.at
Tel.: +43 1 58800 510

Book via the link HERE.

PLEASE BE AWARE!
There are a number of counterfeit websites and agencies – EACTS cannot guarantee any rooms/rates offered within these.  If you are in any doubt as to the authenticity of such sites or companies, please notify the EACTS Executive Secretariat immediately.

Download the EACTS App!

Download the app and gain instant access to all the key congress information to help you build your own schedule for the 37th EACTS Annual Meeting. Available on both Android and Apple devices.

The 37th EACTS Annual Meeting app-page will be available later in 2023, with features including:

  • Programme: Quick and easy access to the full programme. Search by speaker, day, session topic or session type.
  • Live Content: Registered delegates only. Thursday 5th October – Saturday 7th October. View a selection of live content broadcast on the EACTS TV Channel and access the 37th Annual Meeting Video-on-Demand (VOD) Library.
  • Industry pages: Explore the list of exhibitors, sponsors and our satellite symposia programme.
  • My Profile: Sign in using your EACTS username and password and create your own profile – making it easier to access the live and VOD content, create your own personalised agenda, mark your favourite elements and take notes to email back to yourself at a later date.
  • More: View the floor plans, general information including opening hours, twitter feed and take advantage of our interactivity options.

FAQs 

Can you advise on travel restrictions and accommodation to Milan?

The regulations regarding international travel are subject to change on a regular basis.  We are carefully monitoring this to ensure that we can provide our delegates and Industry partners with up-to-date information.

If social distancing rules are in place in October, how will you ensure safe distances are applied?

We will of course, adhere to the advice provided by the Government. However, in any case, our team is planning the Annual Meeting with social distancing in mind. The health and safety of exhibitors and delegates is our primary concern, and the venue will be set up accordingly.

Is the wearing of face masks compulsory during the Annual Meeting?

Face masks are no longer required to be worn. If you would like to wear a face mask but do not have one, spare masks will be onsite to use (subject to availability).

How can I access the presentations?

Scientific presentations will be available to delegates registered to the 37th EACTS Annual Meeting or Video-on-Demand package via the EACTS app and EACTS online media library.

How long will presentations be available to view on demand in the EACTS media library?

For 1 month on the app, and thereafter 1 year on the online media library – accessible to registered delegates of the 37th EACTS Annual Meeting only.

When can I access EACTS TV and Video-on-Demand?

EACTS TV will be aired from 10:00am on Thursday 5 October (subject to change). The Video-on-Demand will be available within 24 hours of each live session.