Younger Fellows Group

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh established a Younger Fellows’ Group to encourage senior trainees and younger consultants to form a network that not only supports one another, but also works with the College to feedback opinions to the College Council on important professional issues from the current/future workforce.

The College has a proud history, educating surgeons and setting standards for the profession for more than 500 years. Life as a consultant has changed dramatically over this time, but perhaps most noticeably over the last decade. Consultants now live in an environment of raised public expectation, increased scrutiny with the individual reporting of surgical outcomes and escalated workload due to changes enforced by the European Working Time Regulation. In recognition of these pressures, the College has committed to assist our younger consultants and has provided an avenue of mentorship and support through the Younger Fellows’ Group.

A Younger Fellow (YF) is defined as any surgeon who has obtained Fellowship within the last 10 years. The aim of the group is to facilitate younger surgeons of all disciplines and from all locations in the UK to socialise, get involved in College life and feedback their opinions on professional issues to Council through the YF Committee, as well as provide an outlet to discuss frustrations or share success stories with new friends and like-minded colleagues.

Younger Fellows Committee Members are:

  • Chair of the Group, Nathan Stephens, Specialist Registrar in General Surgery and Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow in 2014/15
  • Deputy Chair of the Group, Sarah Healy, ENT Head and Neck Surgeon, James Cook University Hospital Middlesbrough
  • Peter Driscoll, Consultant Laparoscopic and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon, Victoria Hospital, Fife
  • Mark Peter, RCSEd Regional Surgical Adviser (Yorkshire & Humber) and Consultant General Surgeon (UGI and Bariatric Surgery), Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Charlotte Cross, Orthopaedic Consultant, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals
  • Andrew Diver, Specialist Registrar in Plastic Surgery, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust, Belfast
  • Nandita Pal, Vascular Consultant, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
  • Veronique Spiteri, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Birmingham Children’s Hospital & Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley
  • Richard McGregor, ECAT Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Specialty Registrar in General Surgery, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
  • Peter Vaughan-Shaw, Senior Colorectal Fellow, St James Hospital, Leeds
  • Emma Stapleton, Consultant Otolaryngologist, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Salford Royal Hospital
  • Jothy Kandasamy, Consultant Paediatric and Adult Neurosurgery and Spinal Surgery, Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh

Younger Fellows Group Events

The Younger Fellows’ Committee regularly invites  senior trainees (ST 7/8) and Fellows within 10 years of their FRCS to attend informal evenings where you can socialise and network with other surgeons from various specialties. These meetings focus on the increasing pressures facing surgeons in the NHS and discuss strategies to avoid burnout. 

There is also practical advice covering issues such as financial and pension planning, as well as the opportunity to meet members of the Younger Fellows’ Committee, who are there to feedback your ideas and opinions on professional matters to the RCSEd Council.

CPD is available for these meetings.

There is also food, beer and wine for an informal evening.

The next Younger Fellows meeting will take place in Edinburgh on Wednesday 10 November 2021. To reserve your place please visit

The next Younger Fellows webinar entitled ‘Surgical Fellowships Why, Where and When’ will take place on 18 October 2021. You can register your interest at

For further information about the Younger Fellows Group and forthcoming meetings, contact

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