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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. Their activity to date has included: 

  • Negotiating with HMRC for tax relief for mandatory trainees’ fees
  • Developing position statements on current issues
  • Involvement in College working groups considering a range of areas of professional interest
  • Regular engagement with organisations such as the BMJ, GMC and the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges
  • A short life working group on bullying has been set up
  • Discussions on less than full-time training in surgery

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

  • Alice Hartley

    Alice Hartley is the College's Trainee Member of Council as well as an ST5 in Urology in the North East of England. She is currently in her second year of a PhD looking at prostate cancer biomarkers and has been a member of the College Trainees' Committee since 2013.

    As an active member of the Committee she has been the trainee link with the College's Outreach Department, and Assistant Editor of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's Trainees' Newsletter. She works closely with the College's Communications Department and has been one of a subgroup from the Trainees’ Committee who compiled a response to the EWTD taskforce. Keen to promote surgery as a career, she has set up various educational events and is one of the members of the College's short life working group on flexible working.

  • Sarah Healy

    Sarah Healy is an ST7 in Otolaryngology in Wales, with an interest in Head and Neck Surgery. She is an enthusiastic member of the Association of Otolaryngologists in Training, having organised the conference in 2011, and been the Secretary, ENT UK Representative and Wales Representative. She is nearing the final year of a Masters Degree in Medical Law, and is working towards a qualification in Medical Management and Leadership.

    Sarah has personal experience of less than full-time (LTFT) training, and is keen to promote this as a valued option for trainees. She is also interested in human factors and resilience, and how these can be targeted to improve both the training experience and quality of life for trainees.

  • Calum Honeyman

    Calum Honeyman is passionate about improving the shape of training, developing the role of surgical mentors and expanding online surgical resources for trainees. He regularly teaches at a national level and is a surgical skills tutor at the College and has run the 2016 Severn Hand Trauma Course, with excellent feedback. He is involved in research and was trainee lead for a large, multi-centre skin cancer audit in the South West of England. He is most proud of his involvement on an annual head and neck surgery mission to Ethiopia. His role involves teamwork, communication and service improvement to continually improve outcomes.

  • Graeme Hopper

    Graeme Hopper is an ST5 in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery in the West of Scotland with a sub-speciality interest in sports injuries.  He is the Hamilton Academical Football Club Doctor and Scotland U19/U21 Football Team Doctor. Graeme was elected to the Trainees’ Committee in March 2017. He is actively involved in research and will be going out of programme to work towards an MD in August 2017.  Additionally, he is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, sitting on the MSK undergraduate committee, regularly teaching medical students and examining OSCEs.  Furthermore, he is an e-tutor for the ESSQ MSc in Surgical Sciences.Graeme hopes to engage with trainees and provide a link to the RCSEd Council to ensure training needs are being met. He will liaise with the Education Department and aim to expand educational opportunities for members.

  • Katherine Hurst

    Katherine Hurst is an Academic Clinical Fellow in the Oxford Deanery, with an interest in vascular surgery. She has recently been awarded a scholarship from the University of Oxford for a DPhil, commencing October 2017. Her research interests include carotid and peripheral vascular disease. Katherine is involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and initiated the first Regional Foundation Surgical Society. This has now been adopted nationally in conjunction with RCSEd, and aims to both facilitate and encourage junior surgical training. Having joined the Committee in April 2017, Katherine aims to address junior surgical trainee issues and particularly trainee moral. She will represent the College at both ASIT and BMA meetings.

  • Beth Lineham

    Beth Lineham is an ST3 in Trauma and Orthopaedics in the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery. She completed a Masters in Medical Engineering at the University of Leeds during core training and continues to be actively involved in research. She has just finished a year as a Research Fellow at Bradford Royal Infirmary with research interests including limb reconstruction and frame management. Beth joined the committee in April 2017 and is especially focused on improving working conditions of junior doctors and increasing engagement and collaboration between trainees and the College. She is the representative for the committee to both the BMA and the Faculty of Perioperative Care.

  • Olivia McBride

    Olivia McBride is an ST4 in vascular surgery based in South East Scotland. She is a military trainee, having commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps in 2004 and has deployed on operations overseas.  She is actively involved in research, having undertaken an MD in the department of cardiovascular science at the University of Edinburgh and has a particular interest in molecular imaging.

    Olivia joined the Trainee Committee in April 2016 and hopes to strengthen College engagement with trainees at all levels.  She is keen to promote surgery as a career and engage with medical students to enable equality of access for all.  She has a particular interest in improving practice to safeguard the delivery of the highest standard of patient care whilst ensuring this is compatible with a fulfilling and sustainable professional career.

  • David Riding

    David Riding is a Vascular and General Surgery ST6 in the North West. He is currently out of programme, and working towards a PhD in venous disease at the University of Manchester. He has been awarded a Masters degree in Surgical Education from Imperial College, and recently completed his tenure as a Medical Education Fellow at HE North West. He has extensive teaching experience in the UK and Uganda, and continues to tutor undergraduate PBL groups.

    David was appointed to the Trainees’ Committee in March 2016. He will advocate for higher quality educational supervision, with more emphasis on mentorship through a relationship that encompasses the full length of training. In addition, he is a strong proponent of evidence-based educational practice in surgery, which he considers particularly important in the context of EWTD and the new Junior Doctors’ contract. During his time in Uganda, he noted that there is a demand for higher quality educational opportunities for non-UK surgical trainees, and he hopes to be able to represent these views to the Committee.

  • Peter Vaughan-Shaw

    Peter Vaughan-Shaw is ST5 in General Surgery with a specialist interest in Coloproctology. He has recently finished his PhD in colorectal cancer genetics investigating the link between vitamin D and colorectal cancer risk. Peter joined the trainee committee in April 2017 and hopes to use his background in surgical education and experience in simulation to improve technical surgical training. He is a member of the RCSEd Faculty of Surgical Trainers (FST) and aims to collaborate with the FST and Younger Fellows’ Group to establish social media driven specialty-specific mentoring for RCSEd trainees, providing the best chance of desirable ST3, fellowship and consultant appointments.

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