Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a selection of responses to questions that are regularly asked. If you'd like to submit a question then please fill out our contact form and we'll add it to this section of the site.
There are lots of reasons. Historically these male-dominated sub-specialities have been viewed as inflexible and too demanding to combine with flexible working or even full time work with a family at home. There has been a lack of female role models in these specialities which may also put junior doctors off. Concerns about radiation in pregnancy also have an impact on those considering these fields. However with annualised job plans, flexible working and increasing numbers of great female role models, we hope to see greater female representation in these fantastic sub-specialties in the coming years.
It's always useful to speak to someone else who has trained LTFT; there are several contacts on the BCS WIC pages whom you can contact. Additionally speak to your Trust's LTFT champion and to your Training Programme Director who can give you local advice. Your deanery will also have information about LTFT training on its webpage with points of contact.
It is safe for pregnant operators to work in clinic areas using ionising radiation, with the correct use of appropriate radiation protection measures. Please refer to the BCS WIC Resources for Pregnant cardiolgoists, their partners and supervisors for more information.
Although not mandatory, it is advisable to report your pregnancy relatively early so that your employer can implement the 1mSv dose limit. Please refer to the BCS WIC Resources for Pregnant cardiologists, their partners and supervisors for more information.
It is safe to work in the cath lab/EP lab in pregnancy provided the right precautions are taken and therefore radiation concerns alone should not be a reason to avoid working in the lab. Please refer to the BCS WIC Resources for Pregnant cardiologists, their partners and supervisors for more information.