The Silver Stent Award was reintroduced at this years’ Vascular Society meeting as the Rouleaux committee and trainees feel it is important to commend outstanding contributions to the provision of vascular education and training. As such the UK vascular trainees were asked to nominate individuals who they felt had gone above and beyond in the provision of education, training and support in their careers to date to receive the Silver Stent Award.  The Rouleaux committee were delighted with the number of responses and individuals nominated clearly highlighting the quality of training currently being received nationwide.

At the 2016 Vascular Society ASM the Rouleaux Club presented the Silver Stent Award to Mr Karim El Sakka. Mr El Sakka is a consultant vascular surgeon in Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals where he undertakes all forms of vascular surgery and is the surgical lead for vascular access surgery as well as diabetic foot management at the University Hospital. Whilst all aspects of his training provision were commended it was his contribution to the setting up and running of The Brighton Vascular Access Fellowship which merited the award. The fellowship is committed to improving training in dialysis access surgery, which is known to be inconsistent throughout Europe with trainees experience being largely dependent on the units that a trainee has worked in. This well established fellowshipoffers one-to-one tuition in the provision of the full range of renal access procedures, clinically, planning and surveillance imaging (duplex), surgical and interventional radiology over a sixteen day programme, spread over an eight week duration. In this way a novice can become competent in these techniques in a short, focused period of time with provision of adequate case numbers and exposure which is particularly crucial during this current climate of restricted training times.