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Training: improving antenatal detection and outcomes of congenital heart disease
  1. Orhan Uzun1,2,
  2. Julia Kennedy3,
  3. Colin Davies4,
  4. Anthony Goodwin5,
  5. Nerys Thomas6,
  6. Delyth Rich7,
  7. Andrea Thomas8,
  8. David Tucker9,
  9. Bryan Beattie1,
  10. Michael J Lewis2
  1. 1 Department of Paediatric Cardiology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  2. 2 School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and College of Engineering, Swansea University, Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Swansea, UK
  3. 3 School of Health Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  4. 4 Department of Radiology, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant, UK
  5. 5 Department of Paediatrics, Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, UK
  6. 6 Department of Radiology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  7. 7 Department of Obstetric of Gynaecology, Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, UK
  8. 8 Public Health Wales, Antenatal Screening Wales, Cardiff, UK
  9. 9 Public Health Wales, Congenital Anomaly Register Information Service, Swansea, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Orhan Uzun; orhanuzun{at}hotmail.com

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  • Contributors OU conceived, designed and conducted the study; delivered teaching and training alongside ASW and Tiny Tickers; OU, NT and JK organised courses, workshops and educational conferences in collaboration with ASW and the Welsh Fetal Cardiovascular Network; OU, JK, CD, DT, DR, MJL, AT, NT, BB, AG analysed and interpreted the data, and drafted, finalised and submitted the manuscript. JK, CD, DT, DR, MJL, AT, NT, BB, AG, OU interpreted the data and revised the manuscript for important intellectual content. AT, DR, AG, BB, OU, JK, NT, CD, DT and MJL had full access to all of the data in the study and can take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. All authors approved the final version to be published.

  • Funding This paper had no external funding. Training programme continued until 2006 solely as individual effort of (OU, NT and screening midwives in South Wales) then Antenatal Screening Wales provided parallel training for sonographers through central funding from Public Health Wales. Additional event sponsorships were received from the exhibitors who attended annual conferences or workshops. Subsequent funding was awarded from Public Health Wales for a more structured training programme which was devised and delivered via Antenatal Screening Wales and Tiny Tickers Charity. Toshiba (Canon), General Electric, Philips, Siemens, and Samsung ultrasound divisions lent their application and equipment support for hands on courses. The funders had no role in the design and conduct of this paper; the collection, management, analysis and interpretation of the data and the preparation, review or approval of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests OU, NT, JK, AT and CD were all affiliated with Antenatal Screening Wales during defined periods to act as advisor on ultrasound experts advisory panel. OU and MJL are Professors at Swansea University. AT is an officer at ASW. OU and NT are appointed by ASW as responsible educators for delivering ongoing training to Cardiac Leads in each District General Hospital in Wales. DT is the CARIS manager. This study is part of the “Reducing perinatal mortality and improving postnatal outcomes from congenital heart disease by increasing antenatal anomaly detection programme” which won the BMJ Group Best Cardiology Team Award in the UK, in 2016.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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Footnotes

  • Contributors OU conceived, designed and conducted the study; delivered teaching and training alongside ASW and Tiny Tickers; OU, NT and JK organised courses, workshops and educational conferences in collaboration with ASW and the Welsh Fetal Cardiovascular Network; OU, JK, CD, DT, DR, MJL, AT, NT, BB, AG analysed and interpreted the data, and drafted, finalised and submitted the manuscript. JK, CD, DT, DR, MJL, AT, NT, BB, AG, OU interpreted the data and revised the manuscript for important intellectual content. AT, DR, AG, BB, OU, JK, NT, CD, DT and MJL had full access to all of the data in the study and can take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. All authors approved the final version to be published.

  • Funding This paper had no external funding. Training programme continued until 2006 solely as individual effort of (OU, NT and screening midwives in South Wales) then Antenatal Screening Wales provided parallel training for sonographers through central funding from Public Health Wales. Additional event sponsorships were received from the exhibitors who attended annual conferences or workshops. Subsequent funding was awarded from Public Health Wales for a more structured training programme which was devised and delivered via Antenatal Screening Wales and Tiny Tickers Charity. Toshiba (Canon), General Electric, Philips, Siemens, and Samsung ultrasound divisions lent their application and equipment support for hands on courses. The funders had no role in the design and conduct of this paper; the collection, management, analysis and interpretation of the data and the preparation, review or approval of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests OU, NT, JK, AT and CD were all affiliated with Antenatal Screening Wales during defined periods to act as advisor on ultrasound experts advisory panel. OU and MJL are Professors at Swansea University. AT is an officer at ASW. OU and NT are appointed by ASW as responsible educators for delivering ongoing training to Cardiac Leads in each District General Hospital in Wales. DT is the CARIS manager. This study is part of the “Reducing perinatal mortality and improving postnatal outcomes from congenital heart disease by increasing antenatal anomaly detection programme” which won the BMJ Group Best Cardiology Team Award in the UK, in 2016.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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