I have been a consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Oldham Hospital since 1996. My clinical interests are obstetric anaesthesia and acute pain. I am also the departmental governance lead. Within anaesthetic education, my main areas of interest are in the nature of teaching and learning and in human factors. The question ‘what actually happens when somebody learns something?’ is a fascinating one with many ramifications. Thinking about this led me to reading and research (still very much ‘in progress’!) about communication and linguistics within medical education and about the nature of understanding and interpretation in general. An interest in human factors arose naturally out of this. A further area of interest is the ethical aspects of education.
I have been a Council Member of SEAUK since 2013 and have the privilege of serving as president since 2016. I also represent the Society on the Research Board of the National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia.
Outside medicine my main interests are fellwalking/running and local history.
Dr Michelle DentonSecretary
I have been a SEA UK council member since 2014 and have an active role as the Honorary Secretary. I am a consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals and have had an interest in both delivery and management of education. I had College Tutor responsibilities before becoming director of anaesthesia and theatres. In my director role I line manage non training grades which includes educational and re-educational responsibilities. Ideally we should be creating an environment to get the best out of a diverse background of doctors in a challenge driven NHS. Safeguarding of educational needs to be protected.
Dr Sarah WimlettTreasurer
Dr Chris LengImmediate Past Treasurer
I was appointed Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care at Northampton General Hospital in 1998. My special interests include ITU, urology and paediatrics. I have been College Tutor for 4 years and was Regional Adviser for East Midlands (South) School of anaesthesia for 4 years up to February 2012. I am now a Clinical Director. I am currently involved with the Recruitment Committee of the RCoA and am a Primary FRCA examiner, chairing the SOE Physics group. I was elected to Council in 2011 and have been involved in abstract short listing, ACCEA scoring and Council Induction!
Dr Nirmala SoundararajanCouncil Member
I am a consultant anaesthetist with an interest in a paediatric anaesthesia, working in a teaching hospital and am a Training Programme Director for Anaesthesia in East Yorkshire.
I have been involved in undergraduate education, foundation training, have instructed on ATLS, IMPACT and EPLS and have contributed, as faculty, to various FRCA practice courses. I have been coordinating the ‘Revision Day Programme’ at Hull from April 2008, using a website as the main means of communication. http://www.frcaheadstart.org/index.html
I am keen on faculty development and believe that collaboration and sharing of best practice is the key to service improvement in the NHS. I am the linkman scheme coordinator for the APAGBI and a member of the APA’s professional standards committee.
I believe that education and service are two faces of the same coin and that a workplace that delivers good training will also deliver high quality care.
I would now like to work with and as a part of SEA UK towards ‘Education for Quality’ initiatives focussing on multi-professional education, team training and integration of the healthcare workforce to improve patient outcomes.
Dr Catherine FarrowCouncil Member
I have been committed to teaching and training since being a trainee and completed PGME in 2010. As a consultant since 2011 at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust I am actively involved in all aspects of education from recruitment to exam preparation with simulation being a particular interest. As College Tutor I have recently become more involved in the organization of teaching and training at a local and regional level. I assist with departmental workforce planning and recruitment. I am a trained mentor having completed the AAGBI 4-day course and set up a Trust mentoring programme for new consultants.
I believe it is vital we continue to promote educational opportunities within the workplace, encourage colleagues to make the most of these and support them in delivering timely and useful feedback to the trainees. My main interests are running and cycling, particularly in the mountains as well as baking (and eating) cake.
Professor Cyprian MendoncaCouncil Member
Cyprian Mendonca is a consultant anaesthetist at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Honorary Associate Professor at Warwick Medical School and Featherstone Professor of AAGBI (2016-2018). His interests include head & neck anaesthesia, neuroanaesthesia and medical education.
Over the last decade, he has taken lead roles in both undergraduate and postgraduate education. He has designed and delivered several national educational meetings. He organises human factors and airway training at Coventry and has set up a state of the art Coventry airway skills laboratory. He has co-authored six books in anaesthesia, written chapters and published several research papers related to airway management. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Over the last three years, as a Trust lead for core clinical education, he has invested considerable time towards delivering refreshed curriculum of Warwick Medical School.
Dr Peeyush KumarCouncil Member
Dr Peeyush Kumar is a Consultant Anaesthetist at University Hospital Coventry with a passion for education and training. He is an educational supervisor and organises departmental education & journal club. He is the Course Director for the Coventry Final FRCA SOE course. At the undergraduate level, he is the Specialty Lead for Anaesthesia for University Hospital Coventry. He is a clinical examiner for Warwick Medical School and also an honorary clinical tutor in the Birmingham University Medical School He coordinates Core Anaesthetic teaching for the Warwickshire School of Anaesthesia. He is in the process of completing a higher degree in medical education. Peeyush Kumar was a member of Council of the Royal College of Anaesthetist from 2013 to 2017
Dr Sue WalwynCouncil Member
I am an anaesthetic consultant in busy DGH who spends an unbelievable amount of time in theatre involved in teaching, assessing or organising teaching. I spend all this time and effort in doing so because I believe that it is of the utmost importance to invest in doctors and health service staff of the future. To this end I help in preparing medical school applicants for interviews, interviewing medical school applicants, teaching medical students, examining them and interviewing at all the stages of specialisation in Anaesthesia.
I have recently finished doing 5 years as college tutor and in this role working on improving teaching and placement experience, as well as ensuring that the trainees were valued and supported in their roles. Given the current climate this will become more of an issue as will providing trainees with appropriate and adequate teaching I have now moved on to working for HEYH in a TPD role, hoping that I can try make more a regional contribution to teaching and training in Yorkshire.
I joined SEA council, in order to be part of a dedicated body who provide national support for educationalists in Anaesthesia.
Dr Omer FarooqCouncil Member
Doctor Farooq is ST7 anaesthetic registrar and would be starting his Consultant anaesthetist post in Grimsby from September 2017. He has a keen interest in education, regional and obstetrics anaesthesia. Dr.Farooq has completed 12 months OOPE as “Clinical Educational Leadership fellow’, is a member of Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) and is working towards post graduate certificate in Medical Education. Currently he is a PLAB examiner and part of the PLAB station management committee. His continued interest in simulation helped in establishing a simulation facility at NLAG foundation trust and successfully delivered a business case to ensure its sustainability. Also he set up a multicenter research project on the use of in situ simulation for patient safety and has co-authored a systematic review on this subject. Dr. Farooq has led courses and workshops at national and international levels and contributed to SEAUK newsletters.
He has co-organised the Yorkshire anaesthetic trainee’s conference (YATC) and actively contributed in organisation of the 2017 SEAUK ASM at Hull. Dr.Farooq gained immensely from his role as trainee representative of AAGBI (Trainee network Lead), regional advisory group, educational and mortality committees. He believes that these attributes enable him me to actively contribute towards delivery of SEAUK’s core objectives. As a council member, he would aim to see the expansion of SEAUK’s role towards delivery of high quality education in UK and enhanced collaboration with individuals and organisations internationally.
Dr Richard RamsaranCouncil Member
I have been a consultant and educational supervisor at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust since August 2016, having completed my training in the North West. My clinical and research focus is perioperative medicine including dual training in Intensive Care Medicine.
I have an interest in medical education, having completed the PGCME and a Medical Education Fellowship, I also have an interest in Leadership and Quality Improvement (QI), having completed a Masters Degree and Medical Leadership Fellowship, working closely with FMLM and other bodies. I regularly teach and have lead on projects in this area. I have an interest in simulation as a mode of education, following on from developing courses as a trainee and completing university modules. I enjoy improving anesthesia internationally through educational trips abroad i.e. SAFE with MERCY ships and have a particular passion for educating around the world. I am a trained NLP coach.
My current educational focus is developing QI and research training development locally, leading research and providing simulation based education. I hope to bring and foster innovation around education delivery and quality assurance locally. I have an active portfolio of teaching multiple levels of medical staff in differing specialties, allied professionals and on life support courses. I also believe in supporting education and pastoral care for those I teach with encouragement and sign posting opportunities. I love to share innovation and hear what is happening and learn from the excellent work others are doing and to this end I can often be found on twitter.
I am also a father of 2, with the recent addition of a son on the 1st of May 2017, so my focus on hobbies (for now) has migrated to children’s and family activities, including our 2 dogs. I hope to continue to develop expertise in education.
Russell AmpofoRCoA Representative
I joined the Royal College of Anaesthetists in April 2015 and I am responsible for developing and delivering the education, training and examination strategies within the College. Our directorate supports the development of the Colleges’ 17,500 anaesthetists throughout their career.
I have previously worked at Public Health England as a workforce Development Manager responsible for talent management, practitioner development and system development. Before then I worked for the Faculty of Public Health as Head of Education and Training for 9 years, with a remit for training, curricula, exams, recruitment and quality.
I have also worked in both commercial and non-profit educational organisations and have experience of transitioning examinations into computer-based testing format.
Key Responsibilities: • Training • Examinations • Education • International Programmes • Workforce
I enjoy running, calligraphy and learning Romanian
Dr Sarah FaddenTrainee Representative
I am an Army Anaesthesia SpR, training in SE Scotland. I studied Medicine as a Postgraduate, having completed an English Literature degree.
Post-FRCA, I have developed interests in medical education and pre-hospital medicine. In 2017 I will undertake a Fellowship in Clinical Simulation, Teaching and Research at Aintree University Hospital, to gain teaching, technical and management skills in medical education.
I have Faculty experience of various courses and a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education has enabled me to appreciate how medical education theories may be implemented in practice.
I am a Trainee Representative on a number of education/training committees, at local and national level, and am really pleased to have the opportunity now to represent trainees in SEA(UK).
When I am not working I enjoy running and taking my border collie Blake out for long walks.
Dr Alistair BurnsWebmaster
I am a consultant anaesthetist working within the West Midlands. I have enjoyed numerous roles within education delivery over the course of my training and hope to develop this within my future career. I recently graduated in the Masters in Medical Education; the study of which has progressed my understanding of education theory and maintained ties with the local Medical School.
During my training I have participated as an assessor for Warwick Medical School’s selection process and an examiner for Birmingham University final year students. I have also helped co-ordinate and deliver primary FRCA teaching for the Warwickshire School education program.
I am particularly interested in the role of web resources within medical education.
Catherine Smith Administrator
I began working at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in February 2007, initially as a Clerical Officer in PGME then as the Medical Education Centre Administrator shortly after taking on the role of secretary to the RCP Tutor and looking after the Rotherham CMT’s, I was offered the opportunity of being the CMT Coordinator for the south region looking after approximately 130 Core Medical Trainees in the south and supporting the Training Programme Director, four Deputies and the RCP Tutors in the Regional Hospitals. I have been in this role now for the last 6 years. In addition to this I am also the Doctor’s Mess Secretary and coordinate the Grand Round and Acute Medicine Programmes in Rotherham.
Prior to working in the Medical Education Department I worked at a Comprehensive School and before this at Thomas Rotherham College. I have always taken an interest in education and find my current position to be most rewarding and fascinating and feel very privileged to be able to work with such dedicated professionals in the field of Medical Education. I have now worked as the Administrator for SEA UK for over 6 years.