|Thursday, 24 November 2011|
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is pleased to announce the results of its recent Council elections.
On 16 September, Mr Richard Montgomery was elected for a five-year term along with Mr Simon Paterson-Brown. Serving Council member Miss Elaine Griffiths was re-elected to serve a second five-year term. The College congratulates all three on their success.
Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough
After gaining the Fellowship in 1983, Richard Montgomery was involved in higher training and then setting up a children’s orthopaedic service and a limb reconstruction service on Teesside.
Closer involvement with the College started with examining for the MRCS and the old FRCS. Shortly after that, Richard started as an FRCS T&O examiner. “I have always regarded examining as an honour and a professional duty,” says Richard. “It is a core activity for the College in maintaining and improving standards in surgery. I think that it is something we do supremely well, largely thanks to the fantastic support of the professionals in the Examinations Department, who organise everything and keep the wheels on, and turning.”
As well as his involvement with examining, Richard also sat on the College’s T&O Surgical Specialty Group. “I have spent many years in front-line clinical practice, where one often feels one is the last to know about important changes in the NHS and powerless to influence them. I prefer to have some knowledge of what is coming down the road in a professional sense, and to exert some influence where possible to make policies proportionate, workable, and as beneficial as possible to the profession. I hope that working on Council will help me to do this.”
Richard’s main clinical interests feature children’s orthopaedics and post-traumatic limb reconstruction, including the treatment of non-union.
Looking back at nearly 23 years of consultant practice, Richard says, “I can see that the most memorable and satisfying highlights have not been personal achievements, but when we achieve a patient outcome better than expected, or salvage a useful limb when it was thought to be impossible. That’s a real buzz, just as it always has been!”
Consultant General & Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Simon Paterson-Brown has been involved with the College since joining the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in 1994. After a short time as an examiner for the FRCSA&E, Simon joined the College Education Committee and, subsequently, the Specialty Advisory Board for General Surgery. He taught on several basic surgical training courses and helped with the development of the ‘Training the Trainer’ courses.
In 1997, working with Fellow Council member Professor James Garden, Simon set up the Edinburgh Surgical Masterclasses, which ran successfully for several years.He was also the College Tutor for the Royal Infirmary during his time as Chairman of the South-East Scotland Basic Surgical Training Committee. Recently, Simon has been a member and is now Chair of the College’s Patient Safety Board.
Career highlights include being Series Editor of the Companion to Specialist Surgical Practice series with Professor James Garden. He was President of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons of GB and Ireland (2008-2010) and has enjoyed contributing to the highly successful NOTSS programme.
Clinical interests include benign and malignant oesophago-gastric surgery and emergency surgery, with research interests in surgical assessment and training, and human factors in surgery.
Speaking about his election to Council, Simon said: “I am looking forward to helping to develop the patient safety agenda in surgery, not only related to running courses but also in supporting further research in the area of human factors in surgery and improving awareness in the wider surgical population. Having worked and travelled in both Asia and Africa, I also hope to be able to contribute to the relationship between the College and other colleges around the world.”
Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital
Elaine Griffiths’ involvement with the College began in 1996 when she was a member of the Educational Committee. Encouraged to stand for election by her late colleague and Council member Ali Bakran, Elaine was elected to Council in 2006 and has sat on committees for standards, research and monitoring, and finance. Elaine led on three projects for the College: an appreciation scheme; surgical practitioners; and equality and diversity.
More recently, Elaine chaired sessions and reviewed abstracts at the annual Audit Symposium and is an examiner for intercollegiate MRCS. In her second term on Council, Elaine is looking forward to continuing to ensure that the College is on a sound financial footing and offering Fellows and Members good value for money. She also plans to ensure that equality and diversity is at the centre of all the College’s activities and will help in the development of an international intercollegiate FRCS.
Elaine’s main professional interests are: adult cardiac surgery, including mitral repairs; cost-effectiveness in the NHS through patient level costing; and primary prevention through population interventions for cardiovascular disease with Heart of Mersey and Cheshire charity work.
When she was appointed in 1992, Elaine was the only female adult cardiac surgeon in the UK. Other career highlights include working on the Coronary Heart Disease National Service Framework (NSF), with a personal thank-you from Health Secretary Alan Milburn for her contribution to the project.