Proctoring service available from Optima Skills


Our highly experienced proctors enable you to put theory into action. Wherever you are on the learning curve, we can help you take the next step within a safe and supportive environment.

Find out about our proctors and where they are located using the map below.

James C Spratt
James C. Spratt

St George's University NHS Trust, London

James Spratt is a Professor of Interventional cardiology with a sub-specialty interest in complex PCI, intravascular imaging and CTO. He is widely published within this area and has performed live case demonstrations globally. He has an interest in medical education and is the Founder of Optima Education.

Simon Walsh
Simon Walsh


Dr Simon Walsh has significant expertise in live cases and proctoring physicians within CTO and complex PCI also working internationally as an educator, teaching advanced techniques. He has been a major contributor of evidence with both these fields, and is the co-author of the antegrade iBook.

Colm Hanratty
Colm Hanratty


Dr Colm Hanratty has global experience in training physicians in complex and CTO PCI. He has performed live cases across the world and is published widely in fields or CTO and complex PCI and he is the co-author of the antegrade iBook.

Julian Strange
Julian Strange


Julian has proctored across the globe, educating highly skilled physicians and multidisciplinary teams on the indications, advanced techniques and strategies to deliver optimal outcomes for patients with complex coronary disease.

Dr Andrew Lucking
Andrew Lucking


Andrew Lucking is an Interventional Cardiologist based at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with a particular interest in complex and CTO PCI. He is an active contributor to research utilising contemporary imaging and physiological assessment to optimise PCI outcomes.

Dr Will Smith
Will Smith


Will Smith has been an interventional cardiology in Nottingham since 2005 with a special interest in CTO PCI. He has undertaken retrograde PCI since 2006 and Antegrade dissection and re-entry since 2011. Research interests have been contributions to the RECHARGE study, the relevance of gender to complications during CTO PCI, and the impact of proctoring on success rates in CTO PCI.

Dr John Irving
John Irving


John Irving has developed a comprehensive CTO PCI service in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee using a single cath lab. He is a patient teacher with a long standing interest in CTO education.

Dr Margaret McEntegart
Margaret McEntegart


Dr Margaret McEntegart BSc (Hon) MBCHB MRCP (UK) PhD is Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Glasgow, and Honorary Associate Clinical Professor of the University of Glasgow. She is also Research Lead Interventional Cardiology (GJNH).

Dr Jonathan Hill
Jonathan Hill


Jonathan Hill is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist and Director of the Cardiac Catheter Labs at King's College Hospital, London. He trained at Cambridge and Edinburgh universities. He undertook interventional training at London Chest Hospital and interventional research at the National Institutes of Health. His specialist interests are imaging of vascular repair and healing following coronary intervention.

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