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Trainees' Committee

The Trainees’ Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is the main conduit for ensuring that the views of trainees are considered in all aspects of the College’s activities.

Its activity to date includes, but is not limited to:

  • Deliver the opinions and priorities of the College trainee membership directly to RCSEd Council, through its elected representative.
  • Work externally as RCSEd representatives with bodies such as the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the British Medical Association, the Association of Surgeons in Training, as well as many other organisations.
  • Liaise with the RCSEd policy and public affairs team, providing trainee perspective on political consultations and interactions.
  • Direct and lead strategic project work for the College’s #LetsRemoveIt Anti-Bullying and Undermining Campaign
  • Participation in numerous short life working groups on topics such as flexible working and whistleblowing
  • Taking forward specific initiatives on behalf of trainees, for example negotiating with HMRC for tax relief for the JCST fees and relief for the Specialty Fellowship Examination.
  • Interacting with College Fellows, Members, Affiliates and students at outreach events in various regions.
  • Joining faculty for College competitions and courses, such as the Student Surgical Skills Competition.

The Trainees' Committee informs the Council, through the Chairperson, on relevant education, training and examination issues from a trainee's perspective and assists with the preparation of discussion documents and publications through the College media.


The Trainees' Committee members are located across the UK and want to hear the views of the RCSEd Trainees it represents. If you would like to get in touch with the Trainees' Committee please email traineescommittee@rcsed.ac.uk. 

Current Members of RCSEd's Trainees' Committee

  • David Riding

    David Riding is the Chair of the Trainees’ Committee, and its representative to College Council. He is a Specialty Registrar in vascular surgery in the north west of England, having completed undergraduate, foundation and core training in Manchester. He has a Masters degree in Surgical Education from Imperial College, and was recently awarded a PhD from the University of Manchester. He has extensive teaching experience in the UK and Uganda, and continues to teach undergraduates and postgraduates in the north west. He led the successful application to HMRC to allow tax exemption for the FRCS exam, is heavily involved in the College’s anti-bullying campaign, and recently designed the RCSEd Affiliate Fellowship Programme.

     

  • Kirsty Mozolowski

    Kirsty Mozolowski is an ST6 in colorectal and general surgery in the South East Scotland Deanery, having completed undergraduate and foundation training in the North East of England and Core Training in Manchester. During this time she obtained a PG Cert in surgical practice and developed an enthusiasm for surgical education. She is currently pursuing this interest out of programme as a clinical research fellow at Edinburgh Medical School where she is completing her MD in undergraduate surgical education. Kirsty wishes to build on the outstanding work done by the trainee committee to date and support them in their goals going forward. She is particularly interested in initiatives to increase recruitment and retention, including improving the undergraduate surgical experience and normalising LTFT for all trainees.

  • Gillian Hardman

    Gill Hardman is a Year 7 Specialty Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the North West of England, having completed Foundation Training in Cambridge and Core Surgical Training in Yorkshire and Humber.  She is currently the NHSBT Clinical Research Fellow in Cardiothoracic Transplantation at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, and is a PhD candidate at Newcastle University.  She completed an MSc in Medical Education at the University of Manchester, with research into the teaching of Human Factors and Non-technical Skills in Postgraduate Surgical Training.  She is a faculty member of the RCS NOTSS course, is an active member of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) student engagement programme and is the Cardiothoracic representative for the Herrick Society. Gill hopes to build on her experience to date, continuing the work of the committee, with a focus on the professionalisation of the trainer role, addressing bullying and incivility within our professional culture and improving the desirability of a surgical career.

  • Kellie Bateman

    Kellie Bateman is an ST3 in General Surgery in Wales. She undertook an academic foundation programme focusing on medical education in Devon, before completing Core Surgical Training in Wales. Kellie joined the trainees committee in 2019 and is particularly interested in factors affecting recruitment and retention in surgical training. She hopes to promote trainee engagement with the college by supporting and encouraging local and national events, particularly for those early in their surgical career and across Wales.

  • Darren Porter

    Darren Porter is an ST7 in General Surgery with a specialist interest in Coloproctology. He undertook his undergraduate medical degree in Trinity College Dublin and completed foundation and core training in Northern Ireland. He is undertaking his higher surgical training in the East of Scotland Deanery working predominantly in Ninewells Hospital Dundee. He completed a ChM in general surgery at the University of Edinburgh for which he received a distinction and was awarded the Thomas Annandale Gold medal. His master’s thesis investigated the different nodal harvesting techniques in colorectal cancer resection. He is an honorary tutor in surgery at the University of Dundee and faculty at the Cuschieri Skills Centre in Dundee where he teaches laparoscopic surgery. Darren joined the trainee committee in April 2019 and he hopes to use his background in surgical education and experience in simulation to improve technical surgical training. He also aims to improve working conditions for surgical trainees. 

  • Kenneth MacKenzie

    Kenneth MacKenzie is an ST6 in Urology in the North East of England. He has undertaken initial research in surgical skill acquisition and has experience in developing collaborative projects within the Urology.  Kenneth joined the trainees committee in April 2019 and has helped with the development of the Affiliate Fellowship Programme. In addition, he would like to develop his experience within the education department to continue to improve methods of surgical skill assessment.

  • Peter Hutchison

    Peter Hutchison is an ST5 in Trauma and Orthopaedics, training in the East of Scotland. He studied at the University of St Andrews and the University of Manchester. After foundation years in Lothian he returned to St Andrews as an Anatomy Demonstrator before beginning Orthopaedic training. Pete joined the committee in 2019 and has interests in feedback and training at all stages of the surgical career pathway. He is keen to push on with the many great ideas coming out of the trainees' committee and enthused by the greater involvement and opportunities for college affiliates.

  • Francis Robertson

    Francis Robertson is an ST7 in HPB and Transplant surgery in the South East Scotland Deanery, having completed undergraduate and foundation training in South East Scotland. He is undertaking his higher surgical training in South East Scotland. He carried out a PhD investigating the role of the innate immune response to liver ischaemia reperfusion injury at the Royal Free London, University College London which was awarded in 2018. His research interests are into liver ischaemia reperfusion injury and end organ dysfunction. He joined the trainees committee to help continue the excellent work it has undertaken in the past to support trainees and improve surgical training. He is keen to improve access to learning resources for surgical trainees.

  • Martin Trotter

    Martin Trotter is a St7 in general surgery with an interest in oesophago-gastric resection. He graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2008 and has remained in the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery since.  His research interests have been frailty assessment in the emergency surgical patient and prehabilitation, completing an MD in 2019. Martin joined the trainees committee to help continue the excellent work it has undertaken in the past to support trainees and improve training. He is also keen to promote the role of mentoring for surgical trainees who exist in an ever more stressful healthcare setting.

  • Jonathan Wareing

    Jonathan Wareing is Academic Foundation Doctor in Yorkshire and the Humber Deanery. He graduated from Leeds dental school in 2012 and worked in dental practice before commencing dental core training in oral and maxillofacial surgery in Bradford and Hull Royal Infirmary. This led him to pursue a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery, which requires dual qualification and he graduated  from Leeds medical school in 2018.  Jonathan joined the committee as a co-opted member in April 2019 and currently is involved with the college in the areas sustainability of surgery and education. He is currently undertaking a PG cert in medical education and is very passionate about changing the culture in the medical and dental field so that is an open environment for everyone. This should increase interest in undergraduates and foundation doctors in pursuing a career in surgery and improve patient outcomes.

  • Rachael Jablonski

    Rachael Jablonski is an ST4 in Restorative Dentistry in the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery. She is currently out of programme working towards her PhD within the area of patient rehabilitation following head and neck cancer surgery. Rachael joined the committee as the dental trainee representative in November 2019.

  • Noel Aruparayil

    Noel Aruparayil is a Clinical Research Fellow and PhD student with the NIHR Global Health Research Group - Surgical Technologies, University of Leeds. His research work involves training, evaluation and implementation of laparoscopic surgery in low-resource settings. He is the current President of GASOC - a multi-speciality global surgery advocacy trainees organisation in the UK and Ireland. As an RCSEd trainee rep, Noel wants to involve trainees in the International work of the RCSEd, promote its global surgical research work and collaborate with organisations that share a similar vision. He also sits on the permanent council of the G4 Alliance who are building political priority for global surgical care. Noel speaks five languages and enjoys running, travelling and networking with people. 

  • Karen Lindsay

    Karen Lindsay is an ST7 in Plastic Surgery based in Glasgow, Scotland Deanery. Karen if from NI and she undertook an intercalated degree in Healthcare Management at Imperial as part of her Medical Degree at UCL. Following university, she went on to complete the Foundation Programme in Preston and Core Training in Merseyside. Karen has taken a year out of Programme as a Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow, working with the Scottish Government and The North of Scotland Health Boards. Karen became a Chief Resident in Plastic Surgery in Glasgow at the Canniesburn Unit and is the Social Media Editor for JPRAS, the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Medicine. Karen is passionate about leadership at every level of the NHS and believes coaching and mentoring are key to this; she is currently working towards the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring to be able to better support her colleagues in maximising their potential. At the College she hopes to improve working conditions for all, to help cultivate joy in work and to further promote equality and diversity in the surgical environment.


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