Anaesthetic CCT Curriculum 2020 - Anaesthetic Curriculum Review Group (ACRG)

A core review group has been convened representing a wide range of stakeholders including the President’s office, Council and Faculties, Regional Advisors Anaesthesia, College Tutors, Clinical Directors, Trainees and lay/patient groups, amongst others.


Dr Nigel Penfold

Role
Chairman, RCoA Anaesthetic Curriculum Review Group

Roles and responsibilities

  • Chair, RCoA Anaesthetic Curriculum Review Group.
  • Consultant Anaesthetist, West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds.
  • RCoA Council Member 2012–2018 during which I Chaired the Training Committee for four years and represented the RCoA on several working parties at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the Joint Academy Training Forum in addition to Chairing and membership of other College committees and editing the Bulletin for two years.

Relevant experience
I have a long history of involvement in anaesthetic education from being the junior representative on the East Anglian STC in 1988 and then being College Tutor, deputy then full Regional Adviser and the first Head of School for the East of England, a position I relinquished on being elected to Council.

Contact Information
2020CCT@rcoa.ac.uk

Interests
Being a full time consultant, father, husband and walker of three border collie’s leaves little time for golf but I’m trying (badly) and I relax by watching Norwich City – that might explain my level of sanity at times.


Dr Chris Carey

Role
Chair of the RCoA Training, Curriculum and Assessment Committee

Roles and responsibilities

  • Consultant anaesthetist BSUH NHS Trust.
  • Associate Postgraduate Dean HEE KSS.
  • Senior Lecturer Brighton & Sussex Medical School.
  • RCoA Council member.

Relevant experience

  • College Tutor BSUH 2007–2010.
  • Head of the KSS School of Anaesthesia 2010–2016.
  • Associate Postgraduate Dean 2016-present.
  • Chair of the RCoA Training, Curriculum & Assessment Committee.
  • Member of the Anaesthesia and ACCS curriculum review groups.

Contact Information
chris.carey@bsuh.nhs.uk

Interests
I take a significant personal interest in all of the roles that are listed above.  I am also particularly interested in Morale and Welfare in all members of the workforce.




Dr Aidan Devlin

Role
Consultant Anaesthetist/2015 Curriculum Review author.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Consultant Anaesthetist at King’s College Hospital, London. Interests in training, education, regional and hepatobiliary anaesthesia.
  • I sit on the ACRG at the RCoA.

Relevant experience
As a previous Education Fellow at the RCoA I undertook a review of the curriculum and studied for the MA in Clinical Education at King’s College London.

Contact Information
Adevlin1@nhs.net
Twitter: @aidanpdevlin

Interests
Playing the oboe in various amateur orchestras around London!


Dr Ben Shippey

Role
FRCA Primary Examiner/Educationalist

Roles and responsibilities

  • Consultant Anaesthetist.
  • Ex Lead College Tutor.
  • Final Examiner.
  • Simulation Facilitator.

Relevant experience
I’ve been involved in education and training throughout my career, in a variety of roles, latterly as a simulation facilitator and college examiner. I have contributed to the current ICM curriculum, and have deigned educational interventions for a variety of healthcare professionals, including anaesthetic and intensive care trainees, and physician associates.

Contact Information
bshippey@nhs.net
Twitter: @rallydoc

Interests
Making it better! Healthcare is only as good as the people that deliver it; we concentrate too hard on technological and scientific advances, and don’t invest heavily enough in supporting the people that work in our healthcare systems. Education and training are key features of healthcare improvement, and the curriculum should enable those who use it to perform to the very best of their ability.


Ms Claudia Moran

Role
Head of Training

Roles and responsibilities

  • Head of Training at the RCoA.
  • Member of the ACRG – administrative lead for the curriculum rewrite.

Relevant experience
I have worked at the College in the Training team for nearly 14 years and am the go to person for advice on the anaesthetic CCT curriculum and training programme matters. Having previously completed changes to the existing CCT curriculum, I am well versed in liaising with the GMC and navigating their policies and processes.

Contact Information
cmoran@rcoa.ac.uk

Interests
Outside of work, I enjoy socialising, travelling, spending time with family and doing up my house!


Dr Hoo Kee Tsang

Role
FPM representative

Roles and responsibilities

  • Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine.
  • Clinical Lead for Pain Medicine Royal Liverpool University Hospitals NHs Trust.
  • Chair of the Mersey Pain Medicine STC.
  • Mersey Regional advisor Pain Medicine.
  • Member of the Faculty of Pain Medicine training and assessment committee.
  • Represent the Faculty of Pain Medicine in the RCoA training and assessment committee.
  • Primary FRCA examiner.
  • Mersey regional lead for Essential Pain Medicine UK.

Relevant experience

  • Supporting Pain Medicine training in Mersey.
  • Pain Medicine training surveys in Mersey.
  • Redesigning intermediate Pain Medicine training in Mersey to meet requirements of the curriculum.
  • Introduction of Essential Pain Medicine training for undergraduates in Mersey.
  • Review of Pain Medicine training centres in Mersey to ensure the requirements for advanced Pain Medicine training are met.
  • Member of the Faculty of Pain Medicine curriculum review group.

Contact Information
2020CCT@rcoa.ac.uk

Interests
Specialist interests are neuropathic pain, CRPS, refractory angina and anaesthesia for vascular, ENT and trauma surgery.


Dr Ian Whitehead

Role
ARCP Training Programme Director

Roles and responsibilities

  • Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine,  James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.
  • Immediate past TPD for Assessment Northern School of Anaesthesia.
  • Lifelong Learning Regional Lead.

Relevant experience

  • Former Chairman RCoA e-Portfolio& Assessment Committee.
  • Member Workplace Based Assessment Working group.
  • LLP Project Board Member.

Contact Information
2020CCT@rcoa.ac.uk

Interests

  • Interests in education, training and e-Portfolio.
  • British Swimming National Referee and Technical Director.

Dr Jamie Stachan

Role
Trainee Council Member

Roles and responsibilities

  • ST7 in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia
  • RCoA Council Member.

Relevant experience

  • Development of the Lifelong Learning Platform.
  • Representation of Anaesthetists in Training.

Contact Information
jstrachan@rcoa.ac.uk
Twitter: @strachanjamie

Interests

  • People.
  • Science.
  • Cycling.
  • Family.

Dr Joanna Budd

Role
Lead Regional Adviser Anaesthesia

Roles and responsibilities

  • Consultant Anaesthetist.
  • Clinical lead Intensive Care Medicine at Hereford County Hospital.
  • Regional Advisor Anaesthesia Birmingham School of Anaesthesia.
  • Lead Regional Advisor Anaesthesia and Clinical Lead for Quality Management of Training.
  • Primary Examiner.

Relevant experience
I have been involved with training for many years having been College Tutor and then Training Programme Director. I am currently Regional Advisor, sitting on the West Midlands STC with recent responsibility for Quality Assurance of Training and am clinical lead for ST recruitment.

Contact Information
Joanna.budd@wvt.nhs.uk

Interests
I’m a keen gardener and enjoy trying to keep the weeds down in my vegetable plot. Also a fan of live music and like a bit of choral singing.




Mr John Hitchman

Role
Lay Committee representative

Roles and responsibilities

  • Lay Committee Royal College of Anaesthetists.
  • Lay member Nice Diagnostic Advisory Committee.
  • Lay member Training committee.
  • Lay member ACRG committee.

Relevant experience
Previous experience in education of architects and architectural technicians.

Contact Information
jmhitchman@aol.com

Interests
I am a retired Chartered Architect from Co. Durham and was principal of an architectural practice for thirty years. I served as a non-executive director of the leading college for retraining the disabled for twenty years.  I am currently on the boards of local charities and statutory bodies.
As a member of the RCoA Lay Committee, lay lead for ACSA and one of the co-authors of Naps 5 & 6, I have had the opportunity to contribute a patient perspective to many of the College's initiatives directed at achieving the highest quality of patient care and comfort.


Dr Lucy Williams

Role
Council Member/SAS representative

Roles and responsibilities

  • Specialty Doctor anaesthetics and pain management, Great Western Hospital, Swindon.
  • SAS tutor, Great Western Hospital.
  • SAS RCoA Council member.
  • Deputy Chair, RCoA Finance and Resources Board.
  • Chair of General Purposes Committee.

Relevant experience
Four years on RCoA Training Committee.

Contact Information
lwilliams@rcoa.ac.uk
Twitter: @lucyw67

Interests
Getting anaesthetists in training interested in pain medicine pain medicine, human factors and leadership.  Fascinated by what goes on in someone’s head – patients and colleagues.


Dr Marie Nixon

Role
Educationalist

Roles and responsibilities

  • Consultant anaesthetist in Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust since 2002.
  • PQIP Anaesthetic Lead.
  • PQIP Principal Investigator.

Relevant experience

  • Masters in professional practice and education
  • Elected to the Group of Anaesthetist in Training (GAT) Committee and then as GAT Chair (1997–2001)
  • College Tutor for six years - During my time in this post, I oversaw two rewrites of the anaesthetic training curriculum.
  • Masters in professional practice and education.
  • ACSA Reviewer
  • In 2017, I was appointed in open competition as RCoA Clinical Quality Advisor. 
  • Lead for the Upper GI Anaesthetic service (2003–present) and led my department to successful Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation as ACSA Lead (2014–2018).

Contact Information
mnixon@rcoa.ac.uk

Interests
Beyond my day-to-day clinical practice, I have throughout my career had a particular interest in education and professionalism. 
Growing out of my commitment to professionalism, I have developed in more recent years an expertise in safety and quality in practice. 


Mr Neil Wiseman

Role
RCoA Training Manager

Roles and responsibilities

  • RCoA Training Manager.
  • Managing the ‘project’ elements of the process.

Relevant experience
I’ve worked at the College for over seven years, firstly in the Examinations Department before moving to Training. Although I’m not medically trained, everyday exposure to queries from trainees and trainers about the variety and potential complexity of different individuals training pathways will inform my input into the new curriculum.

Contact Information
nwiseman@rcoa.ac.uk 
020 7092 1554

Interests
I have recently begun an MBA in my ‘spare’ time and I’m planning to integrate new methods of working and thinking into elements of the delivery of the new curriculum where I can.
I’ve also recently become a (very proud) father, so if I look or sound a bit tired in a meeting, I am; so just give me a prod!


Dr Oliver Pratt

Role
Core TPD/Former Lead College Tutor

Roles and responsibilities

  • Consultant Anaesthetist, Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Training programme Director (Core Anaesthesia) NW School of Anaesthesia.
  • Primary FRCA Examiner.
  • Previous RCoA Lead College Tutor.

Relevant experience
I am a Consultant Anaesthetist with over 10 years’ experience in anaesthesia training, at a local, regional and national level. I spent 7 years as RCOA Tutor in Salford, and now have a TPD role in the North West School of Anaesthesia. At the RCOA, I have recently commenced a Primary FRCA examinership in addition to my role on the Curriculum Review Group.

Contact Information
Oliver.Pratt@srft.nhs.uk
Twitter: @TheStrines

Interests
Generally, far too busy juggling too many things. Outside work, I’m a team doctor for a mountain rescue team in the High Peak and play a bit of music here and there. Any time left goes to my wife and kids.


Dr Richard Davidson

Role
Clinical Director Representative

Roles and responsibilities

  • Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine & Anaesthesia Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHSFT.
  • Deputy Divisional Clinical Director (Anaesthesia, Diagnostics & Surgery) BTHNHSFT.
  • Member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists Clinical Directors National Executive Committee.

Relevant experience

  • Previous Deputy Regional Advisor (Yorkshire) Intensive Care Medicine (ICM), Board Tutor ICM, Foundation Programme Training Director.
  • Immediate past Clinical Lead/Clinical Director, Theatres & Critical Care (9 years), Previous Associate Medical Director (RTT), Previous Secondary Care Doctor Sheffield governing body CCG (3 years).
  • Current member of the RCoA Clinical Directors National Executive Committee.

Contact Information
richard.davidson@bthft.nhs.uk

Interests
Clinical management and leadership. Transformational change.


Mr Russell Ampofo

Role
RCoA Training and Examinations Director

Roles and responsibilities
I joined the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2015 and I am responsible for developing and delivering the education, training and examinations strategies.  My directorate supports the development of the RCoA’s 16,700 anaesthetists throughout their career.

Relevant experience
Previously I worked at Public Health England as a Workforce Development Manager responsible for talent management, practitioner development and system development.  Before that, I worked for the Faculty of Public Health as Head of Education & Training for nine years, with a remit for training, curricula, examinations, 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.

Contact Information
2020CCT@rcoa.ac.uk

Interests
I enjoy running, calligraphy and learning Romanian.


Dr Russell Perkins

Role
RCoA Council Member

Roles and responsibilities

  • Consultant paediatric anaesthetist.
  • Immediate past-RAA NW region.
  • RCoA elected council member.
  • Chair of the RCoA ACSA committee.
  • Vice-chair RCoA Clincal Quality & Research Board.
  • Final examiner.

Relevant experience
I have been involved in education throughout my consultant career, holding a variety of the RCoA posts locally and nationally. I have been an examiner for 11 years and have taken a great interest in supporting trainees who have been unsuccessful in sitting the college’s exam. Not only is knowledge vital but so too is technique and this can be coached. I have also examined in Hong Kong.

Contact Information
russell.perkins@mft.nhs.uk

Interests
I enjoy many outdoor pursuits from climbing and mountaineering through skiing and cycling. I have enjoyed open water swimming leading two successful channel relay swims, one was with a group of anaesthetic trainees, all post FRCA!!!


Miss Stephanie James

Role
RCoA Specialty Training Administrator

Roles and responsibilities

  • RCoA Specialty Training Administrator.
  • Project assistant for the new anaesthetic curriculum.

Relevant experience
I have worked at the College for nearly five years, four of which were spent in the exams department, where I was involved with the running of the anaesthetic exams. Since joining the training department, I have been involved in the development of the anaesthetic and ACCS curriculum and also deal with any training queries that come into our department.

Contact Information
sjames@rcoa.ac.uk

Interests
Outside of work, I enjoy trying to make the most of living in central London and enjoy socialising and travelling with friends and family and going to the gym.


Dr Tina McLeod

Role
Regional Advisor and FRCA Primary Examiner

Roles and responsibilities

  • Consultant Anaesthetist United Hospitals Birmingham.
  • Clinical Lead for Core Trainee Recruitment West Midlands.
  • At the College/ role within ACRG committee.
  • Regional Advisor Warwickshire School of Anaesthesia.

Relevant experience
I have been involved with education and training since appointed as a consultant in 1997 and have undertaken the roles of Educational Supervisor, College Tutor and am now a Regional Advisor. During my primary examinership, I ran the physiology section and was Vice Chairman of the Primary exam from 2015-17.

Contact Information
t.mcleod1@nhs.net

Interests
Professional interests outside education include thoracic and orthopaedic anaesthesia.
Outside of work I have a horse who takes up most of my spare time but I also enjoy skiing and scuba diving.


Dr Anne Whaley

Role
Lead RAA

Roles and responsibilities

  • Consultant Intensivist and Thoracic Anaesthetist - University Hospitals Bristol.
  • RAA Severn, Lead RAA.
  • Member Recruitment committee.

Relevant experience
I have experience of many educational roles from College Tutor, Head of School ACCS (Severn) and representing RCoA on Member ICACCST to develop and run ACCS training. Now RAA Anaesthesia and Deputy RAA ICM

Contact Information
2020CCT@rcoa.ac.uk

Interests
I am a full time clinician and aim to develop and support future Anaesthetists and Intensivists to deliver high quality treatment. I have an interest in Coaching and Mentoring to support both Trainees and Consultant Colleagues.

My non-medical interest is mainly my horses and competing at Dressage.