|Preston’s consultants and students gather for regional forum|
|Monday, 21 November 2011|
RCSEd’s senior team visited Preston in October for a meeting with local surgeons and undergraduates, reports Jeyaram Srinivasan
I was appointed as an RSA in 2007, one of the only two such posts in England at that time. The RSA network has expanded considerably since then – and a programme of regional meetings around the UK has highlighted the value of the College reaching out to its Fellows and Members. Therefore, it was a great personal satisfaction to host the regional meeting in my home unit at Preston on 6 October.
Pictured L-R: Mr Azher Siddiq, Regional Surgical Adviser for St Helens and Knowsley, Mr Jeremy Ward, Consultant General & Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon and RCSEd examiner, Mr Stuart Clark, Regional Surgical Adviser for Manchester, Mr David Tolley, President of RCSEd, Mr Jeyaram Srinivasan, Co-Convener for North of England, and Mr Chelliah Selvasekar, Regional Surgical Adviser, Manchester
The meeting was held at the Education Centre, Royal Preston Hospital. Over 40 participants attended the evening, including 17 medical students. Both current and retired consultants made up the rest including some SAS surgeons from the region. The evening started with a chance for delegates to meet and network. The President was accompanied by Mr Ian Ritchie (Vice-President), Mr John Duncan (Honorary Treasurer), Mr Mike Lavelle-Jones (Honorary Secretary) and Ms Alison Rooney (Chief Executive).
In his keynote speech, the President explained the role of our College in supporting its Fellows and Members in this time of change. He outlined the College’s efforts in managing the Working Time Regulations (WTR). He also highlighted the courses and qualifications offered by the College, like ESSQ and the recently introduced ChM degree.
Participants were then broken up into four groups. Individual groups of consultants were addressed by the senior executive team on topics such as WTR and revalidation. Participants discussed topics such as limitations of current training, e-logbook, supporting international medical training initiative (MTI) and changing managerial pressures in the NHS.
Medical students formed a special discussion group, chaired by my fellow RSA, Mr Stuart Clark. They were given an overview on ‘Aspiring Surgeons’ by Mr Jeremy Ward, Fellow and MRCS examiner and consultant upper GI surgeon at the Royal Preston Hospital and Mr Chelliah Selvasekar – my other RSA colleague in the region.
The meeting gave me an opportunity to bring surgeons who already have strong links with the College to meet other Fellows who aspire to collaborate with the College in future. Notable colleagues in the region, Mr Nihal Gurusinghe (Chair of the SSG in Neurosurgery) and Mr Azher Siddiq (Consultant ENT Surgeon and RSA from Merseyside) were available to answer such queries from the participants.
Every one of the participants welcomed this opportunity to meet the President and other senior members in such an informal manner. This bonhomie extended well after the meeting, when the participants had a chance to continue chatting and networking. Many medical students were encouraged by the strong professional support offered by the College and were considering becoming Affiliate members of the College.
Personally, this was a culmination of my efforts to bring the College closer to the Fellows and Members in my region. My enthusiasm was well supported by the College with valuable support from the Outreach team – notably, Mariel Roy and Paula Shrive, who worked tirelessly and supported the proceedings.
Jeyaram Srinivasan, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Royal Preston Hospital, and RCSEd Regional Surgical Adviser for Preston