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General Surgery Fellowships

RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships in General Surgery 

This page includes a list of General Surgery Fellowship programmes which have been approved under the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme, and a gallery of recent General Surgery Fellows.

Applying to be a Fellow

If you would like to be a RCS Senior Clinical Fellow, you will need to contact the Supervisor / Lead Consultant of the Fellowship programme you are interested in. Ask the Supervisor / Lead Consultant if or when there is a vacancy for a Fellow. They will tell you how to apply, if appropriate. Please go to the appropriate Fellowship programme listed below for more information.

Bariatric Fellowships

Chichester St Richard's Bariatric Fellowship

Based at: Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: AUGIS

Approval period: April 2016 - March 2019; currently applying for reapproval

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Will Hawkins, Consultant Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

The Supervisor says: "We only have one fellowship which runs from October each year for 12 months. The post is advertised through NHS Jobs and applications will only be considered if made through that website (https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/). We usually run our appointment process at the beginning of the year with interviews held in February. We reserve the right to appoint two fellows for consecutive years during one interview process if two appointable candidates are interviewed. Applications will not be considered outside of the formal appointment process."

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of whole patient care of patients with morbid obesity, including the management of their co-morbidities and how this may impact on their suitability for surgical intervention.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the therapeutic options for morbid obesity, how they work, the indications for each option (including knowledge of current guidelines on commissioning and choice) and their potential pitfalls/complications.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the long term management of patients following bariatric surgery, including complications, revisional surgery and dietary aspects, including guidelines on the use of dietary supplements and monitoring of nutritional status.
  • Demonstrate competence and independence in laparoscopic bariatric surgery (as laid out in the curriculum document) with an understanding of the management of intra-operative complications and when it may be necessary to convert to open surgery.
  • Competence in endoscopic evaluation and intervention (including balloon dilatation) following bariatric surgery.
  • Demonstrate the ability to counsel patients regarding therapeutic options for the management of morbid obesity as above.
  • Engage with the multi-disciplinary team to develop management plans for patients referred for bariatric surgery and those that present with complications or problems post-operatively.

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

Target Logbook per annum

The unit offers a range of bariatric operations, but about 85% of primary procedures are primary Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and this will be reflected in the logbook of the Fellow.

  • Total number of weight loss operations (primary surgeon in >51%) 150
  • Minimum stapling/anastomotic operations 100
  • Minimum revisional 20

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship): 

  • Waleed Al-Khyatt (Oct 16 - Oct 17)
  • Sumanta Dutta (Oct 17 - Sept 18)

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the three most recent completing Fellows providing full feedback:

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |  x  x  x
Strongly agree |

2. Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |
About equal |
More training than service |  x
Mostly training |  x  x

3. Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3
4  x
5  x  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x
No |

 

East Midlands Bariatric & Metabolic Institute (EMBMI) Senior Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Fellowship, Derby

Based at: Derby Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust 

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOMSS

Approval period: July 2018 - June 2021

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Sherif Awad, Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Assessment and management of the morbidly obese patient
  • Knowledge of the therapeutic options for morbid obesity and revisional metabolic surgery
  • Long term management of post-operative bariatic patients
  • The management of complications and emergency presentation of patients following metabolic surgery
  • Operative skills
    • Laparoscopic access & suturing
    • Roux en-Y Gastric Bypass and One-anastomosis gastric bypass
    • Sleeve Gastrectomy  
    • Removal of and management of Gastric Band
    • Operative and non-operative management of bariatric emergencies
    • Revisional Surgery for morbid obesity

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

  • Main Surgeon/supervised (MS) in 30 bypasses, and 15 as independent operator (IO)
  • Sleeves: MS 20, IO 10
  • Band insertions/removals: MS 10, IO 5

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

• Biborka Bereczky (Mar 18 - Mar 19)

Imperial College Bariatric Surgery Fellowship, London

Based at: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOMSS

Approval period: Initially approved February 2013; reapproved December 2016 - November 2019

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Ahmed Ahmed, Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Perform primary bariatric procedures independently. Minimum - 50 gastric bypasses, 25 sleeve gastrectomies and 25 bands
  • Can perform pre-operative patient seminars, assessment and counselling independently
  • Accurately recognise and manage post-operative complications
  • Accurately recognise and optimise pre-operative co-morbidities
  • Patient selection and guiding patients through the various surgical procedures
  • Patient safety and development and adherence to peri-operative protocols
  • At least 3 audit projects and contribute to 2 research projects

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in: see Learning Outcomes

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Haris Markakis (Oct 16 - Nov 17)
  • James Clark (Oct 17 - Oct 18)

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the three most recent completing Fellows providing full feedback:

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |  x
Strongly agree |  x  x

2. Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |
About equal |
More training than service |  x  x  x
Mostly training |

3. Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3
4  x
5  x  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x
No |

Musgrove Park Post-CCT Fellowship in Bariatric and Benign UGI Surgery

Based at: Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOMSS

Approval period: Initially approved February 2013; reapproved April 2017 - March 2020

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Richard Welbourn, Consultant UGI and Bariatric Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 6-12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Management of the patient who is morbidly obese and an understanding of the surgical treatment of morbid obesity including early and late complications
  • Knowledge of the different patterns of presentations of complications
  • To gain experience in at least two bariatric procedures and receive mentorship through the learning curve
  • Produce work of scientific value in the field of bariatric surgery
  • Engage in teaching of junior medical staff and allied healthcare professionals

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

TARGET LOGBOOK (per 12 months):

  • Total number of weight loss operations (primary surgeon in >51%) 100
  • Minimum stapling/anastomotic operations 50
  • Minimum banding 10
  • Minimum revisional (Level 2) 5

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Hazem Al-Momani (Oct 14 - Oct 15)
  • James Hopkins (Oct 15 - Apr 16)
  • Omer Al-Taan (Apr 16 - Oct 16)
  • Dimitrios Pournaras (Oct 16 - Sept 17)
  • Peter Mekhail (Oct 17 - Oct 18)

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the three most recent completing Fellows providing full feedback:

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |  x
Strongly agree |  x  x

2. Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |
About equal |  x
More training than service |
Mostly training |  x  x

3. Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3
4
5  x  x  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x
No |

North Bristol Bariatric Surgery Fellowship 

Based at: North Bristol NHS Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BOMSS

Approval period: July 2018 - June 2021

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr James Hewes, Consultant and Lead Bariatric Surgery

Fellowship duration: 6 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • History taking, examination, appropriate investigations to identify patients who benefit from bariatric surgery.
  • Present the case and discuss in bariatric MDT and select appropriate bariatric procedure.
  • Patient counselling, consent and preoperative preparation
  • Perform laparoscopic gastric band insertion competency ¾
  • Perform Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy competency ¾
  • Perform Laparoscopic roux-en-y gastric bypass competency ¾
  • Identify early and delayed postoperative complication, arrange appropriate investigations and management
  • Out patient follow up and assessment
  • Deflating, filling, laparoscopic adjustment and removal of gastric band
  • Communicate and liaise with specialist nurse, dietician and psychologist

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

Supervisor: “The aim is to provide opportunity for the fellow to perform at least 30 laparoscopic roux en y gastric bypass, 20 laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and 15 gastric band related procedures in one year. Assessments from ISCP are used to rate competency. Where a candidate has longer learning curve, more time and number of procedures will be considered at appraisal.

Sunderland Bariatric Fellowship

Based at: City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: AUGIS

Approval period: Initially approved September 2012; reapproved February 2016; reapproved June 2019 - May 2022

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr William Carr, Consultant General Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 6 or 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • To medically and surgically assess patients presenting for weight loss surgery
  • To obtain appropriate opinions on associated medical, psychological and psychiatric conditions likely to affect surgical outcome
  • To learn and practice surgical skills required to perform bariatric surgery
  • To monitor patient progress through their surgical journey and respond appropriately to deviation from expected path
  • To identify problems in the longer term and investigate appropriately.

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

Involvement in over 100 primary bariatric cases and 15 revisions with performance of over 50 over 12 months depending on progression.

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Jamie Young (Oct 12 - Apr 13)
  • Chiragkumar Parikh (Apr 13 - Oct 13)
  • John Bennett (Oct 14 - Sept 15)
  • Brijesh Madhok (Oct 15 - Oct 16)
  • Alastair Reid (Oct 17 - Sept 18)

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the three most recent completing Fellows providing full feedback:

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |  x
Strongly agree |  x  x

2. Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |
About equal |  x
More training than service |  x
Mostly training |  x

3. Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3
4
5  x  x  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x
No |

UCL Bariatric and Metabolic Fellowship, London

Based at: University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: AUGIS

Approval period: Initially approved November 2012; reapproved March 2019 - February 2022

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Marco Adamo, Consultant General Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 6-12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • 50 elective bariatric operations every six months and to have a primary role in at least 20% of those.
  • Assess at least 25 new bariatric patients, 50 follow up patients and to prepare 100 patients for discussion at the multidisciplinary meeting.

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in: see Learning Outcomes

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Richard Thompson (Oct 14 - Oct 15)
  • Jihène El Kafsi (Oct 16 - Oct 17)

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the three most recent completing Fellows providing full feedback:

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |  x  x  x
Strongly agree |

2. Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |
About equal |  x
More training than service |  x
Mostly training |  x

3. Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3
4  x
5  x  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x
No |

Colorectal Fellowships

Barts Colorectal Development Unit Senior Fellowship, London

Based at: Barts Health NHS Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: ACPGBI

Approval period: Initially approved February 2013; currently seeking reapproval

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Mohamed Thaha, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Colorectal Surgery, Honorary Consultant in Colorectal Surgery

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Supervised competency in lap and open Crohn's disease and UC pouch surgery
  • Assessment (clinical, physiological and radiological) of faecal incontinence and chronic constipation
  • Practical skills in anorectal physiology
  • Surgical and non-surgical management decision making in FI and CC
  • Joint colorectal-urogynaecology operating
  • Supervised surgical competency in intestinal failure including abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Supervised surgical competency in complex anal fistula

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in: Information being requested from the Supervisor

Chichester St Richard’s Fellowship in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery

Based at: Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: ACPGBI

Approval period: January 2018 - December 2020

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Guy Harris, Consultant General, Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgeon, with Miss A.J. Skull, Consultant General, Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • PBA assessment level 4 throughout all index operative scenarios
  • Audit projects completed
  • Research publication completed
  • Teaching objectives reached

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

Target Logbook per annum

The Supervisor states:

The unit offers a range of colorectal operations and this will be reflected in the logbook of the fellow

  • Total number of laparoscopic resections anticipated 130
  • Minimum stapling/anastomotic operations anticipated 110
  • Minimum revisional colorectal operations anticipated 20

The Supervisor states:

  • Fellowship duration 6 months (1/4/18-30/9/18) and (1/10/18-31/3/19) our first 2
  • Laparoscopic colorectal resections independent 55 (in 6/12 last confirmed count) R and L, ULAR and APR, Subtotal, Hartmanns and reversal
  • Laparoscopic bowel related surgery (parastomal hernia, rectopexy, incisional hernia, adhesiolysis and small bowel resection) 16

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Mohammad Hassan Mobasheri (Apr 18 - Oct 18)

Colchester Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship

Based at: East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: ACPGBI

Approval period: Initially approved September 2012; reapproved April 2017 - March 2020

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Tan Arulampalam, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Independent Laparoscopic Right Hemicolectomy
  • Independent Laparoscopic Sigmoid Colectomy

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

  • At least 20 independent colorectal resections (over 12 months)

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Christopher Wright (Apr 13 - Oct 13)
  • Nadeem Ashraf (Oct 13 - Apr 14)
  • Tobias Hammond (Oct 13 - Apr 14)
  • Robert Bethune (Apr - Oct 14)
  • James Hollinghead (Apr 15 - Oct 15)
  • David Messenger (Oct 15 - Apr 16)
  • Rohin Mittal (Mar 15 - Jul 16)
  • Rebecca Seton (Mar 18 - Feb 19)

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the three most recent completing Fellows providing full feedback:

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |  x
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |  x
Strongly agree |  x

2. Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |  x
About equal |  x  x
More training than service |
Mostly training |

3. Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3
4  x  x
5  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x
No |

Frimley Park Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship

Based at: Frimley Park Hospitals NHS Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: ACPGBI

Approval period: Initially approved September 2014; reapproved March 2019 - February 2022

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Henry Tilney, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 6 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Practical based learning and continual assessment using GAS forms. It is expected the trainee will be able to perform right hemicolectomy, high anterior resection and splenic flexure mobilisation without direct supervision by the end of the Fellowship. TME and pouch surgery have a long learning curve - the trainee will be in a position to develop those skills, operate independently on the more straightforward cases but also be in a position to improve skills further with joint consultant operating.
  • Exposure to Robotic Colorectal Surgery and Transanal Endoscopic surgery is also available.
  • Support will be given to obtain JAG Colonoscopy accreditation by the end of the Fellowship.
  • To have developed the necessary practical, personal, professional and communication skills for independent practice.

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

It is anticipated that at the end of the 6 month period the appointee will have performed or assisted with approximately 75 major laparoscopic procedures, and will be capable of independent Consultant practice in this area. Fellows are also expected to develop experience in the training of less experienced surgeons in basic laparoscopic colorectal procedures.

North Bristol Colorectal Fellowship

Based at: North Bristol NHS Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: ASGBI

Approval period: April 2016 - March 2019

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Ms Caroline Burt, Colorectal Consultant

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • In depth knowledge/ ability to manage colorectal patients
  • ability to perform independent colorectal operations (but supported as needed during post)
  • ability to perform therapeutic colonoscopy independently

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

  • Anterior resection - 20
  • ELAPE - 2
  • Laparoscopic colonic resections - 14
  • Ileo-anal pouch procedure - 4
  • Procedures for prolapse - 8
  • Colonoscopies - 50

North Middlesex Senior Colorectal Fellowship, London

Based at: North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, London

Surgical Specialty Association approving: ACPGBI

Approval period: Initially approved June 2013; reapproved April 2016; reapproved September 2019 - August 2022

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Lee Dvorkin, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon & Clinical Director for Surgery

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Proficiency in Laparoscopic colorectal surgery to enable the candidate to practice at Consultant level
  • To develop an in-depth understanding of, and the ability to manage, standard and advanced colorectal cases
  • Proficiency in the management of faecal incontinence and competency in neuromodulation techniques
  • Proficiency in the management of patients with fistula-in-ano

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

  • Fistula Surgery 30
  • Right hemicolectomy / ileocaecal resection 15
  • Left sided and rectal resection 15
  • TAMIS 10
  • Colonoscopy/OGD 100
  • Other proctological procedures 50
  • Ano-rectal physiology and PTNS also offered
  • Emergency general surgical procedures: numerous

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Manoj Nair (Apr 13 - Apr 14)
  • Aikaterini Leventi (Oct 15 - Oct 16)
  • Alessandra Lazzaro (Oct 17 - Oct 18)

Peterborough Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship

Based at: North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: ACPGBI

Approval period: Initially approved September 2012; reapproved April 2016; currently applying for reapproval

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Rohit Makhija, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 6 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Understanding of place of laparoscopic approach in colorectal surgery
  • Demonstrate appropriate indication and select the right patients
  • Selection of suitable equipment, initial theatre set-up
  • Competence in selection and use of various energy sources and stapling devices
  • Competence in performing segmental colectomy
  • Ability to train more junior trainees in principles of laparoscopic colorectal surgery
  • Competence in colonoscopy and basic polypectomy techniques

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in: Information being requested from Supervisor

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Rajaraman Durai (Oct 13 - Dec 13)
  • Annamaria Minicozzi (Oct 15 - Apr 16)
  • Aarti Kalyanaraman (Oct 16 - Oct 17)
  • Samer-ul Haque (Oct 17 - Sept 18)

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the three most recent completing Fellows providing full feedback:

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |  x
Strongly agree |  x  x

2. Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |
About equal |
More training than service |  x  x
Mostly training |  x

3. Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3
4
5  x  x  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x
No |

 

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship

Based at: Royal Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: ACPGBI

Approval period: December 2018 - November 2021

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Robert Clarke, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 6 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • To independently assess patients for colorectal cancer surgery- select appropriate investigations and discuss at MDT coming up with treatment plan
  • To independently perform Laparoscopic right hemicolectomy
  • To independently perform Laparoscopic Sigmoid colectomy
  • To independently perform Laparoscopic Anterior resection with Laparoscopic TME for rectal cancer
  • Assess and select appropriate cases for local excision in Early Rectal cancer.
  • Gain experience in TEMS surgery if desired.

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

“We would enable Laparoscopic Fellows to in excess of 30 major cancer resections as a minimum”

St James’s Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, Leeds

Based at: St James’s University Hospital, Leeds

Surgical Specialty Association approving: ACPGBI

Approval period: First approved September 2012; reapproved March 2019 - February 2022

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Prof Peter Sagar, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Professor of Surgery

Fellowship duration: 6 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • To be able to practice laparoscopic colorectal surgery esp index operations independently
  • Identify cases inappropriate for a lap approach
  • To be able to tackle common intraoperative problems generated with the laparoscope
  • To recognise the value of a skilled laparoscopic theatre team
  • To be safe in the pelvis with redo operations

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

The Fellowship at Leeds aims to provide 50 laparoscopic resections during the course of the Fellowship that the fellow would complete independently (supervisor present) and this would allow the Fellow to achieve the level of competency expected at the start of a Consultant post.”

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Jonny Epstein (Oct 12 - Apr 13)
  • Peter Mitchell (Apr 13 - Oct 13)
  • Adnan Sheikh (Oct 14 - Apr 15)
  • Chris Mann (Feb - Aug 17)
  • Muneer Junejo (Apr 18 - Oct 18)

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the three most recent completing Fellows providing full feedback:

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |  x
Strongly agree |  x  x

2. Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |
About equal |
More training than service |  x
Mostly training |  x  x

3. Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3
4  x
5  x  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x
No |

St Mark’s Minimally and Maximally Invasive Colorectal Cancer (MiMICC) Fellowship, London

Based at: St Mark's Hospital, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: ACPGBI

Approval period: Initially approved July 2013; reapproved October 2018 - September 2021

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Ian Jenkins, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 6 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Proficiency in laparoscopic and transanal TME
  • Proficiency in laparoscopic colonic resection with CME (complete mesocolic excision)
  • Proficiency in laparoscopic APER
  • Proficiency in total pelvic exenteration
  • Experience in robotic colorectal resections
  • Experience in pelvic sidewall excision
  • Experience in en-bloc sacrectomy and high sacrectomy
  • Experience in CRS and HIPEC
  • Proficiency in peri-operative care
  • Proficiency in advanced colorectal cancer management and decision making

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

  • Proficiency in laparoscopic and transanal TME: 20
  • Proficiency in laparoscopic colonic resection with CME (complete mesocolic excision): 40
  • Proficiency in laparoscopic APER: 5
  • Proficiency in total pelvic exenteration: 15
  • Experience in robotic colorectal resections: 10
  • Experience in pelvic sidewall excision: 15
  • Experience in en-bloc sacrectomy and high sacrectomy: 10
  • Experience in CRS and HIPEC: 10

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Amit Patel (Oct 13 - Apr 14)
  • Katrine Emmertsen (April 16 - Oct 16)
  • Chris Hunter (Oct 16 - April 17)
  • Akash Mehta (Oct 17 - April 18)
  • Jamish Gandhi (Apr 18 - Oct 18)

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the four most recent completing Fellows providing full feedback:

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |  x
Strongly agree |  x  x  x

2. Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |
About equal |
More training than service |  x  x
Mostly training |  x  x

3. Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3
4  x
5  x  x  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x  x
No |

 

Swansea Advanced Pelvic Oncology Fellowship

Based at: Swansea Bay University Healthboard

Surgical Specialty Association approving: ACPGBI & BAPRAS

Approval period: April 2016 - March 2019; reapproved September 2019 - August 2022

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Martyn Evans Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery

Fellowship duration: 6 or 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Operative exposure to at least 15 multi-visceral resections and exenterations in a 6 month fellowship. This would include total pelvic exenteration, cystectomy, radical hysterectomy and vulvectomy and sacretomy.
  • Experience of working with a plastic surgeon with an interest in perineal reconstruction following surgery for advanced malignancy / IBD and chronic perineal sinus.
  • Proficiency in laparoscopic and open low rectal cancer surgery
  • Experience in the assessment, operative planning and perio-operative care patients undergoing surgery beyond the TME plane
  • Participate in research and audit within the department with an expectation of peer-reviewed pubilication
  • Operative exposure to at least 20 major gynaecological debulking procedures involving total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingoophorectomy with or without contiguous organ resection
  • Contribute to the pelvic oncology MDT
  • Participate in a busy emergency general surgical on call rota with exposure to a high number of emergency laparotomies

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in: see Learning Outcomes above.

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Jeffrey Lim (Oct 16 - Mar 17)
  • Gregory Taylor (Oct 16 - Oct 17)
  • Kenneth Keogh (Oct 17 - Jun 18)

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the three most recent completing Fellows providing full feedback:

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |  x
Strongly agree |  x  x

2. Service : Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |
About equal |  x
More training than service |  x
Mostly training |  x

3. Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3
4  x
5  x  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x
No |

Yeovil MIS Colorectal Surgery Fellowship

Based at: Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: ACPGBI

Approval period: October 2018 - September 2021

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Prof Nader Francis, Consultant General, Colorectal and Laparoscopic Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • PBA assessment level 4 throughout all index operative scenarios (manifested as level 5 in the GAS forms in the curriculum)
  • Audit projects completed
  • Research publication completed

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

Target Logbook per annum

The unit offers a range of colorectal operations and this will be reflected in the logbook of the Fellow

  • Total number of laparoscopic colonic resection anticipated  60
  • Laparoscopic pelvic surgery including TME and ileo-anal pouch surgery 30
Laparoscopic hernia including repair and major abdominal wall reconstructions 20

Endocrine Fellowships

Belfast Endocrine Surgery Fellowship

Based at: Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BAETS

Approval period: June 2019 – May 2022

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Dr Fiona Eatock, Consultant Endocrine Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 6 or 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Competency in peri-operative management of adrenal disease
  • Competency in multidisciplinary management of hereditary endocrine syndromes
  • Competency in the management of benign and malignant thyroid and parathyroid disease

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

In a 12-month period:

  • Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy (Performed: 15)
  • Open Adrenalectomy (Performed: 5)
  • Thyroidectomy (Performed: 50)
  • Parathyroidectomy (Performed: 50)

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

HPB Fellowships

Imperial Robotic HPB Fellowship, London

Based at: Imperial College and The Royal Marsden Hospital, London

Surgical Specialty Association approving: AUGIS

Approval period: January 2019 - December 2021

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Professor Long Jiao, Professor of Surgery and Chair in Hepaticopancreaticobiliary Surgery at Imperial College and The Royal Marsden Hospital, London

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Safe understanding of the equipment
  • Safe and independent Robotic surgeon for primary HPB procedures
  • Understood and carried out robotic audit research and peer reviewed presentation and publication
  • Can perform pre-operative patient seminars, assessment and counselling independently
  • Accurately recognise and manage post-operative complications
  • Accurately recognise and optimise pre-operative co-morbidities
  • Patient selection and guiding patients through the various surgical procedures
  • Patient safety and development and adherence to peri-operative protocols
  • Can establish and lead a Robotic HPB unit including setting up a multi-disciplinary team, establish pathways and protocols, seek accreditation of unit and other regulatory procedures to establish a centre of excellence in HPB surgery

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

Level*   |  A    |  PA  |   P

Level 1  |  2/5  |  2/5  |  10/25

Level 2  |  5/5  |  5/5  |   2/5

Level 3  |  5/5  |  5/5  |   1/1

Level 4  |  5/5  |  5/5  |   1/1

Level 5  |  5/5  |  5/5  |   0/0

* liver, pancreas, GB

A- Assisted

PA- Performed with Assistance 

P- Performed 

Example: Assisted 2/5 = assisted in 2 out of 5 operations involved in

Oesophago-gastric Fellowships

Guy's & St Thomas' Oesophago-gastric Cancer Fellowship, London

Based at: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: AUGIS

Approval period: July 2017 - June 2020

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Andrew Davies, Consultant Surgeon & Honorary Senior Lecturer

Fellowship duration: 6-18 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Understanding of clinical issues during work-up, in-hospital and post-discharge care in patients undergoing oesophagogastric resection.
  • Understanding of indications and extent of lymph node dissection for oesophagogastric cancer.
  • Understanding of techniques used for lymphadenectomy in the abdomen and thorax.
  • Appreciating different operative strategies for OG cancer
  • Endoscopy exposure (including interventional / surgical endoscopy e.g. dilatations)
  • Consultant level decision making in complex upper GI cases

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

Supervisor: “For Completion of training the criteria state that the trainee needs to complete 30 major cases (throughout their entire training period) which includes cancer resections but also benign work such as anti-reflux surgery. For JAG accreditation 200 endoscopies is the requirement. The current fellow has performed over 50 cancer resections in the last 12 months (not including other major cases) and performed over 250 endoscopies, meaning that within 1 year they would have 150% of the numbers required for CCT level. Beyond surgical exposure, a strong emphasis is made on reaching consultant level decision-making and utilizing multi-disciplinary expertise.”

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

• Dan Foley (Apr 18 - Mar 19)

St Mary's Post-CCT Upper GI Fellowship, London

Based at: St Mary's Hospital, London

Surgical Specialty Association approving: ASGBI

Approval period: August 2015 - July 2018; currently seeking reapproval

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Krishna Moorthy, Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • To effectively manage patients undergoing upper gastrointestinal resection on the wards, critical care and out-patient settings.
  • To effectively perform radical lymphadenectomy for oesophagogastric cancer resection.
  • Understanding of clinical issues during work-up, in-hospital and post-discharge care in patients undergoing oesophagogastric resection.
  • Understanding of indications and extent of lymph node dissection for oesophagogastric cancer.
  • Understanding of techniques used for lymphadenectomy in the abdomen and thorax.

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

Around 20 independently and involvement in around 50 resections

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

• Mohamed Ibrahim (Mar 17 - Feb 19)

 

Sarcoma Fellowships

Birmingham Sarcoma Fellowship

Based at: MARSU, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BASO – The Association for Cancer Surgery

Approval period: Initially approved October 2013; reapproved July 2017 - June 2020

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Max Almond, Consultant Surgeon (Sarcoma and General Surgery)

Fellowship duration: 6-12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

“The Fellowship has been designed to allow the appointee to gain surgical experience in areas not generally covered by conventional specialty training. This will give greater confidence in recognising the type of surgery needed for these patients and ensuring they are referred to an appropriate centre. At a time of increased surgical specialisation, this Sarcoma Fellowship is almost unique in providing a surgical trainee such a wide surgical experience within a single surgical unit.”

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

The Unit performs over 100 major resections per year at which the Fellow will be present. The Fellow will see and perform, depending on level of experience, all or part of many of these operations.

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Sam Ford (Oct 14 - Jan 16)
  • Max Almond (Oct 16 - Oct 17)

Gallery of RCS Senior Clinical Fellows in General Surgery

Approved Fellowships and Fellows' Gallery

The gallery below provides information about General Surgery Fellows under the Scheme.

Peter Mekhail

Musgrove Park Post-CCT Fellowship in Bariatric and Benign UGI Surgery, Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, October 2017 - October 2018

Current post (October 2019): Consultant Bariatric and Upper GI Surgeon, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Hospital

"The skills that I have acquired during my Bariatric and Upper GI Fellowship at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton make me competent in performing complex laparoscopic procedures at a very advanced level. Those skills are not only helping me performing bariatric surgical procedures in my current practice, they are also transferrable across the spectrum of complex Upper GI and General Surgical procedures. This has surely made me able to look after my patients to the best of my ability and to provide them with better care both at elective and emergency level."

Rebecca Seton

Colchester Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, March 2018 - January 2019

Current post (April 2019): Resident Surgical Officer, St Mark’s Hospital, London

"This Fellowship gave me high quality training in a unit where there is a big emphasis on a laparoscopic approach to both elective and emergency colorectal cases. One of the most important aspects of my Fellowship was learning how to plan an operation well, breaking down even the most complex of operations into simple steps - a great framework to give me confidence as in independent practitioner. The colorectal unit at Colchester is dynamic and supported by a great multi-disciplinary team. There is also a large focus on teaching and training, with the assistance of the invaluable educational facility of the ICENI centre on site. Over the course of my Fellowship, I improved my own techniques as well as my ability to bring out the best in more junior trainees. I hope that these skills will enable to me provide the best possible care to my patients in the future."

James Clark

Imperial College Bariatric Surgery Fellowship, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, October 2017 - October 2018

Current post (March 2019): Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Cornwall

"This Fellowship was an outstanding finishing school for bariatric surgery. The collegiate senior team are a group of some of the most truly dynamic bariatric surgeons who I have had the pleasure of learning from and being mentored by. The operations performed at this centre are the Formula 1 of the bariatric circuit, from the most challenging tertiary referral cases both elective and emergency, to the primary procedures. The centre offers the broadest of broad range of bariatric procedural exposure, with academic support and consideration at every turn. A truly fantastic experience! The Fellowship allowed me to experience what the highest performance of centres can offer and has enabled me to have a benchmark to emulate when assisting the drive for change in my own centre. I hope that this experience will, in time, benefit not only my colleagues within my current trust but also the wider regional population who are in desperate need for a greater understanding into the surgical treatment for diabetes."

Alessandra Lazzaro

North Middlesex Senior Colorectal Fellow, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, London, October 2017 - October 2018

Current post (February 2019): Senior Colorectal Fellow, St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London

"I was privileged to have the opportunity to complete the Senior Colorectal Fellowship at North Middlesex Hospital. The Fellowship allowed me to improve my technique in laparoscopic colorectal resections. Furthermore I contributed in decision making on complex colorectal cancer and IBD patients. Indeed this Fellowship representented an incomparable experience in my preparation for becoming a Consultant."

Sumanta Dutta

Chichester St Richard’s Bariatric Fellowship, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, October 2017 - October 2018

Current post (January 2019): Consultant in Upper GI Surgery, Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

"I undertook this Fellowship following CCT to gain experience in Bariatric Surgery and to consolidate advanced laparoscopic surgical skills prior to taking up a Consultant position. St Richard’s Bariatric and Metabolic surgery unit is accredited as one of the International Centres of Excellence by International Federation of Obesity Surgery (IFSO). The unit is very well organised for training with dedicated bariatric MDT clinics, ward, and theatres. This Fellowship has provided me with the opportunity to improve and consolidate my knowledge and laparoscopic operating skills in the management of patients with complex bariatric problems. This Fellowship enabled me to progress to become an independent Consultant in Upper GI and Bariatric surgery."

Greg Taylor

Pelvic Oncology and Advanced Malignancy Fellowship, ABMU Health Board, Swansea, October 2016 – October 2017

Current post (September 2018): Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, ABMU Health Board, Swansea

"The primary focus of the Fellowship was operative experience in advanced colorectal surgery. The majority of work comprised extended resections for locally advanced rectal cancer and pelvic exenterations. There was also extensive opportunity to undertake laparoscopic resections and surgery for inflammatory bowel disease, including ileoanal pouch construction. I was encouraged to work independently and was made to feel like a valued member of the team from day one. The collegiate atmosphere and regular discussion of complex patients and service improvements on a colleague to colleague level was perfect environment to prepare for life as a Consultant. I was appointed to my current Consultant post during the Fellowship. Having had consistent exposure to the extreme end of rectal cancer surgery, I was equipped to deal with cases of increasing complexity but have a strong appreciation of which cases require collaboration and am mindful as to the technical limitations of surgery. All invaluable insights as a newly independent surgeon.

Chris Hunter

Minimally and Maximally Invasive Colorectal Cancer (MiMICC) Fellowship, St Mark's Hospital, London, October 2016 - April 2017

Current post (August 2018): Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

"I was privileged to have the opportunity to complete the Minimally and Maximally Invasive Colorectal (MIMIC) Surgery Fellowship at St Mark's. The Fellowship affords the opportunity to train in laparoscopic CME resection for colon cancers, laparoscopic TME for rectal cancers and open surgery for locally advanced rectal cancers, including pelvic exenteration, high sacrectomy and pelvic sidewall excision. The training provided by Ian Jenkins, Robin Kennedy, and now Danilo Miskovic, is excellent both in theatre and in peri-operative care. Completing the Fellowship leaves you well equipped to develop your own specialist practice as a consultant, and delivery high quality oncological surgery to patients with colorectal cancer."

Akash Mehta

Minimally and Maximally Invasive Colorectal Cancer (MiMICC) Fellowship, St Mark's Hospital, London, October 2017 - April 2018

Current post (July 2018): Resident Surgical Officer, St. Mark’s Hospital, London

"The St. Mark’s Minimally and Maximally Invasive Colorectal Cancer (MiMICC) Fellowship gave me the unique opportunity to acquire and improve surgical skills along the entire spectrum of colorectal cancer surgery in an internationally recognised centre of excellence. Under the supervision of Mr Ian Jenkins and Mr Danilo Miskovic, I gained vast experience in both minimally invasive colorectal procedures and multivisceral, exenterative techniques. I was also heavily involved in initiating and developing a successful peritoneal malignancy programme at St. Mark’s Hospital, offering cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) to patients with peritoneal metastases of colorectal cancer. The Fellowship also allowed me to function independently at a consultant level, enabling me to confidently offer specialist treatment to patients with locally advanced, recurrent and metastatic colorectal cancer."

Katrine Emmertsen

Minimally and Maximally Invasive Colorectal Cancer (MiMICC) Fellowship, St Mark's Hospital, London, April 2016 - October 2016

Current post (July 2018): Colorectal fellow, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark

"This Fellowship gave me a unique opportunity to improve my technical and clinical surgical skills within the field of colorectal surgery. Under the supervision of Prof. Robin Kennedy and Mr Ian Jenkins, I gained great experience in a variety of laparoscopic colorectal procedures, and complex cases. I also got a chance to get to know something about the health care system in the UK – being a foreigner in London. A fantastic experience providing me with the confidence to procede to my upcoming position as a Consulting Colorectal Surgeon at a large colorectal centre here in Denmark."

Aarti Kalyanaraman

Peterborough Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, October 2016 - October 2017

Current (February 2018) post: Fixed Term Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Southmead Hospital, Bristol

"I undertook the Fellowship to evaluate my preparedness for a Consultant appointment as well as acquire/polish the skills required by the same. Peterborough more than exceeded my expectations, with regards to both. Not only did the post give me an honest view of my competence but, rewarded the same by allowing me to function in a consultant role during the course of my Fellowship, which I would count as my most important achievement. Having participated thus in the entirety of the patient pathway, has allowed me to commence my current role in a busy unit with all confidence that I will be able to provide the best possible care to all my patients."

Waleed Al-Khyatt

Chichester St Richard's Bariatric Fellowship, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, October 2016 - October 2017

Current (January 2018) post: Consultant Laparoscopic, Bariatric & Upper GI Surgeon, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

"St Richard’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Unit is a recognized International Centre of Excellence by the International Federation of Obesity Surgery (IFSO) where a minimum of 300 primary and revisional bariatric procedures performed per year. The unit has excellent settings in term of a dedicated bariatric theatres, a bariatric ward with an enhanced recovery programme, dedicated bariatric outpatient clinics, and a multi-disciplinary bariatric MDT clinic run once a week. I believe this Fellowship programme afforded me the opportunity to consolidate my clinical knowledge and operative skills in the management of severe/complex obesity, and to progress towards being independent consultant bariatric and metabolic surgeon in a busy NHS tertiary bariatric referral centre in Derby"

Rohin Mittal

Colchester Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, ICENI Centre & Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, March 2015 - July 2016

Current (December 2017) post: Colorectal Fellow at Spectrum Health/Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, USA

"This Fellowship is extremely well designed and covers all aspects of colorectal practice, including operative skill development, management of complex conditions and complications, as well as research. A stepwise approach to performing complex procedures, with guidance and mentorship at every step, helped me improve my laparoscopic skills and learn new techniques. It also provided me the necessary confidence in managing complex colorectal conditions as well as intra and postoperative complications. I was also able to undertake research into new and emerging technologies and attend many courses and meetings. An interesting aspect of the Fellowship was to learn how to teach, and to transfer skills to junior members of the team. The training I have received will help me provide better and holistic patient care, as well as improve research and training in my practice."

Samuel Ford

Birmingham Sarcoma Fellowship, The Midland Abdominal and Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Unit, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, October 2014 to October 2015
 
Current (August 2017) post: Consultant Sarcoma Surgeon, University Hospitals Birmingham
 
"The Sarcoma Fellowship offers an intensive, highly advanced experience of the surgical management of non-extremity soft tissue sarcoma. The Unit receives over 700 new referrals a year and ranks amongst the largest high volume supra-regional sarcoma centres in the country. The quality of the tutorship provided is first class and offers experience in multi-visceral resection for sarcomas in the abdomen, pelvis, retroperitoneum, chest, neck and limb girdles. My most important achievement as a Fellow was my first complete multi-visceral resection for a very large retroperitoneal liposarcoma. The Fellowship directly benefits patient care by training surgeons dedicated to the management of this rare group of tumours. A high volume of experience enables the formulation of a bespoke operation that optimises oncological clearance with an acceptable morbidity."

Jeffrey Lim

jeffrey limSwansea Advanced Pelvic Oncology Fellowship, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Healthboard, October 2016 to April 2017
  
Current (July 2017) post: Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Swindon
  
"This Post-CCT Fellowship under the supervision of Prof Beynon allowed me to gain skills (both clinical and professional) that greatly facilitated my transition to a Consultant Surgeon. During the Fellowship, I contributed to management decisions and operated on complex colorectal cancer patients – this has given me a solid grounding on which to build my own practice on. To put it succinctly, my Specialty Registrar training gave me competence but this Fellowship gave me confidence to become a Colorectal Consultant Surgeon."

James Hopkins

Post-CCT Fellowship in Bariatric and Benign Upper GI Surgery, Musgrove Park Hospital, October 2015 to October 2016

Current (May 2017) post: Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon, North Bristol Centre for Weight Loss, Southmead Hospital, Bristol

"The Fellowship was an excellent focused Bariatric training post in a Bariatric centre of excellence, to prepare one for independent practice. I would not have gained my current Consultant post or be practising as a UK based Bariatric Surgeon without this Fellowship. It allowed me to achieve nationally accredited operating experience and I had 5 journal articles published during this Fellowship, including one in the BMJ."

 

Hazem Al-Momani

Post-CCT Fellowship in Bariatric and Benign Upper GI Surgery, Musgrove Park Hospital, October 2014 to October 2015

Current (February 2017) post: Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon, Morriston Hospital/ABM University Health Board, Swansea

"This Fellowship proved invaluable in my preparation to becoming a Consultant. I took part in all aspects of the patients' journey before and after their surgery. This Fellowship exposed me to a wide range of routine and complex Bariatric and Benign Upper GI surgical procedures. At the end of the year I felt confident to commence my journey as a Consultant Surgeon."

Chiragkumar Parikh

Sunderland Bariatric Fellowship, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, April 2013 to October 2013
  
Current (June 2017) post: Consultant Laparoscopic, GI and Bariatric Surgeon at Devarsh Hospital, Vadodara, Gujarat, India; Honorary Assistant Professor in Surgery at GMERS Medical College, Gotri, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
  
"It was my pleasure to complete the Fellowship at Sunderland Royal Hospital under Mr Peter Small. I learned in depth about the subject and perioperative care of patients; also learned about making patients aware about obesity and its complications. This made me so confident about handling such kind of complex cases in my professional career. During the last three years I have progressed so well in my career - all credit goes to the Fellowship programme. Unfortunately, due to family constraints, I had to move back to India after pursuing the Fellowship, but it helped me to develop the specialty in my region of India."

No longer approved Fellowship programmes

Since the start of the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme in 2012, three General Surgery Fellowship programmes have not wished to apply for reapproval after the end of their initial three-year approval period. The Fellows on these programmes who were awarded a Fellowship Certificate are:

Newcastle RVI Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship: Jonathan Randall (Apr 13 - Oct 13); Sonia Lockwood (Oct 13 - Apr 14)
Northumbria North of Tyne Bariatric Fellowship: Hisham Hurreiz (Oct 13 - Apr 14)
Nottingham EES UK Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship: Mohamed Khalid Mohiuddin (Oct 12 - Apr 13); Amitabh Mishra (Apr 13 - Oct 13); Balamurali Bharathan (Oct 13 - Mar 14)


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