SuppoRTT Champions

 

What is a SuppoRTT Champion?  

Each employing trust within the South West region has a designated SuppoRTT Champion, whose role is to oversee the return-to-work process.  There are 19 hospital trust-based Champions, as well as one GP Champion for Peninsula and one GP Champion for Severn.  They are all consultants/GPs working within the trust.  One of the roles of the SuppoRTT Champion is to liaise with the unit/department, particularly the Clinical Lead, College or Specialty Tutor and the ES prior to a trainee’s return date, to highlight that the trainee is returning from a period of absence and additional support and enhanced supervision of the trainee is required during the return period.   Throughout the process, the trainee’s reviews will be with their educational supervisor, but if additional guidance or support is required, the SuppoRTT Champions are a fantastic resource.  They will have detailed knowledge of the local and regional resources available for return to training e.g. SuppoRTT mentoring scheme, return to training events such as one-day conferences and study days. They can also refer directly to their trust Occupational Health department and to the Professional Support Unit at HEE SW and will be instrumental in the new peer mentoring network that is being established.  

 

Peninsula SuppoRTT Champions

 

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 

Dr Jane Boydell  

 

 

Devon Partnership NHS Trust 

Dr Simona Brown 

 

 

Livewell Southwest 

Dr Simon Bonell  

s.bonell@nhs.net 

SCSimonBonellMy name is Simon Bonell and I am the SuppoRTT Champion for Livewell Southwest. I am a consultant psychiatrist for adults with intellectual disabilities and have been a clinical and educational supervisor as well as training programme director for some years. When I’m not at work I’m busy with my four children and I sometimes fit in some cycling!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust 

Dr Sarah Johnson  

sarahjohnson13@nhs.net

SCSarahJohnsonMy Name is Sarah Johnson and I am a consultant radiologist in Barnstaple, North Devon. I trained in the Peninsula and Oxford as a less than full time registrar. 

I have previously held support roles as a trainee, specifically as secretary of the Oxford Trainee advisory committee which was set up to support trainees with issues in training, from outside of their own specialty.  

Having returned after 10 months’ maternity leave to a new specialty I feel in a good position to understand the challenges involved in returning to work after a period of absence, for whatever reason. and appreciate the impact of returning to work on families; in my case a small baby and a needy retired greyhound….. 

Unlike the stereotype of the grumpy radiologist in a dark room, I have an open door and currently am ES for both radiology STs and F1 and F2 doctors in North Devon.  

 

 

 

Peninsula General Practice Setting  

 Dr Tim Davis

drtimdavis@gmail.com   

 

 

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust 

Dr Sally Pearson

plh-tr.supporrtchampion@nhs.net

My name is Sally and I am an Emergency Medicine Consultant at Derriford hospital where I'm also the service line education lead. I've had two lots of maternity leave, been LTFT forever and moved not just trusts but regions, having fairly recently arrived in Devon from Manchester. Outside of work I have 2 school age girls, one crazy sprocker puppy and a long suffering husband. I enjoy cooking, run a bit (mostly so I can eat cake and drink gin with less guilt!) and love being outside, especially near or in the sea. 

      

 

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust 

Mr Richard Walter 

Rwalter@nhs.net

SCRichardWalterSuppoRTT Champion and Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics, Royal Cornwall Hospitals

 

I've taken on this role hoping that I can do something positive to help trainees at a difficult time in their careers. I'm an unskilled enthusiast in surfing and kitesurfing, so if I'm not working or changing a nappy, you'll find me at the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust    

 Dr Joanne Webber

rde-tr.supportchampion@nhs.net

 


 

Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust 

Dr Indranil Dey 

tsdft.supporttchampion@nhs.net

SCIndranilDey v2I am Indra Dey, working as a Consultant Paediatrician at Torbay Hospital. My professional interests are in Paediatric Epilepsy and Eating disorders which are diverse fields and never lets me get bored. Having a teenager daughter and a 7-year-old boy at home can sometimes be helpful to understand behavioural basics of these populations at work!  Love movies and have tried singing in past when keyboard tapping noises become excruciating…

As a paediatrician, we have a large number of returning trainees in our specialty.  We hope that we will be able to offer a structured and a high quality return for trainees across all specialities in a way that will make the return exciting and safe for them as well as the patients they will look after.  We will be working closely with yourselves and your educational supervisors to make this process smooth. All the best of luck.

 

 

 

 

Severn SuppoRTT Champions

  

2gether NHS Foundation Trust  

Dr Sarah Greef 

Sarah.greef@nhs.net 

I am the SuppoRTT Champion for 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.  I am a General Adult Psychiatry Consultant working 3 days a week.  I started working less than full time during my training (from ST5) and have continued this in to work as a consultant. I am pleased to be involved in this new initiative to support trainees who are returning to work.

 

  

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust 

Dr Charlotte Boyer-Millar 

awp.supporttchampion@nhs.net

I am a dual trained Psychiatrist who works as an Intellectual Disability Consultant in South Bristol. I work 80% and trained at 100%, 60% and 80% at different times. I am an educational supervisor for core and advanced trainees and am delighted to be part of this new programme to improve Dr’s return to practice – long overdue.  Outside of work I have a lively daughter, an even livelier kitten and a thankfully a less lively horse.

 

 

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust   

Marie Wheeler 

Marie.wheeler1@nhs.net

SCMarieWheelerI am the SuppoRTT Champion/Tutor at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General (GHNHSFT).

I am a Paediatric Consultant in Gloucester in General Paeds and Allergy, having worked in Gloucester since 2005.

I have maintained a healthy interest in training and am one of the Foundation Programme Directors in Gloucester and the RCPCH LTFT Advisor for Severn. I have worked all combinations of LTFT and now FT and have returned to work a healthy number of times.

Outside of work, I try to keep a handle on our 4 children, which surprisingly becomes more challenging with time - 2 are now away from home 'studying'. Hobbies include also trying to control the family spaniel Molly, with a touch of spin and yoga type activities and the determination to return to tennis.

 

 

 

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Dr Jessica Daniel 

jessica.daniel@nhs.net

SCJessicaDanielI currently work at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon as a Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV. I am the current Foundation Programme Director, having worked in the Foundation Programme since 2013.  I am a mentor and a coach. I have a lot of experience supporting trainees during difficult periods in their training helping them to achieve positive outcomes.  I qualified as a doctor in 2000 and so I have had experience of both the 'old style' and 'new style' of medical education and have been involved with implementing many of the more recent changes to training.

Personally I have had 2 periods out of training for maternity leave so I have first hand experience of managing returning to training and I am still  trying to achieve that perfect work - life balance!

 

 

 

Dr Bill McCrae  

SCBillMcCrea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Sarah Irby  

SCSarahIrbyI am a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Great western Hospital in Swindon. My areas of interest are paeds orthopaedics and adult foot & ankle.

I am responsible for junior doctor support (along with Bill McCrae) in the hospital and also the new SuppoRTT Champion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Bristol NHS Trust 

Dr Curtis Whittle  

supporttchampion@nbt.nhs.uk

SCCurtisWhittleMy name is Dr Curtis Whittle.  I’m a Consultant in Anaesthesia at Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust and the Foundation Programme Director for F1s, as well as an Educational Supervisor.  I am also Simulation Lead for my Department, Severn Foundation School and Bristol School of Anaesthesia. Through this role I have taken on the development and rolling out of the new simulation based ‘return to work’ courses for all trainees who have had an extended period off work for whatever reason, as part of the HEESW SuppoRTT initiative. 

Aside from that, I have 2 boys who adore their hockey and tolerate school, a new border-terrier puppy and an older golden retriever. Any spare time left is spent cycling, mountain biking, gardening or Sailing – especially the NHS Regatta!

 

 

Dr Christina Laxton  

supporttchampion@nbt.nhs.uk

SCChristinaLaxtonI have been a consultant anaesthetist at Southmead Hospital in Bristol since 2002, and have worked LTFT since 1996 after my first child was born.  I have been the LTFT Advisor for the Bristol School of Anaesthesia for many years and more recently the LTFT Champion at NBT. I am also the Assessment lead for the Bristol School of Anaesthesia. Supporting trainees, both RTT and otherwise, and indeed supporting consultants and our wider teams, is crucial in the current NHS, and I feel privileged to be part of a Support faculty at NBT to try to help in whatever way I can.  My other professional interests include obstetric anaesthesia and blood conservation.  Outside work, I am getting used to an ‘empty nest’ and am on a super-flat, frustrating learning curve to play golf with my husband!

 

 

 

 

 

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust 

Dr Rebecca Mason 

ruh.tr-supporttchampion@nhs.net  

SCRebeccaMasonI am the Local SuppoRTT champion for the Royal United Hospital Bath, as well as a LTFT Respiratory Consultant, working four days a week; Tuesday – Friday.  I live in Bath with my husband, daughter and son. I enjoy running and reading (when time allows!) and spending time outdoors with my family. Life is always busy and a juggling act but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Severn General Practice Setting       

 

 

Somerset Partnership / Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust  

Stephen Harris  

returntotraining@tst.nhs.uk 

SCStephenHarrisConsultant in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care since 2006. Previously held other PG roles including F2 Programme Director & Educational Strategy Lead for Severn Foundation School. Currently also Associate DME for Quality and looking forward to the challenge of being a Champion!

Home life is mainly sleep-deprived (courtesy of 2 small boys)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust 

Dr Rebecca Thorpe  

ubh-tr.SuppoRRTchampion.uhbristol@nhs.net

SCRebeccaThorpeI’ve been a Consultant in Adult and Paediatric Emergency Medicine University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust for 5 years. I’ve recently been appointed as a SuppoRTT Champion in a job share with Sam Milsom.  My special interests are mental health in ED (Emergency Department), high impact users and staff wellbeing. I live in Bristol with my young family.

 

 

 

 

 

  

Dr Samantha Milsom  

ubh-tr.SuppoRRTchampion.uhbristol@nhs.net

SCSamanthaMilsomI am an Emergency Medicine Consultant working at the Children’s Emergency Department at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.  I am the SuppoRTT Champion for UHBT as a jobshare with Becky Thorpe.  I enjoy spending my time with my other half and our three young boys, Ernie, Alf and Doug, running them ragged in the outdoors.  Aims in life include a family trip to Lapland in the not too distant future and catching up on sleep! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weston General Hospital       

 

Yeovil District Hospital 

Dr Katie Smith  

Katie.Smith@ydh.nhs.uk

SCKatieSmithI am a consultant gastroenterologist working in Yeovil District Hospital and enjoy all aspects of my job here. I am a unit tutor for 3rd year Bristol university students, an educational supervisor and have also supported a few trust grade junior doctors en-route to the formal training system.

I have 3 children and spend a lot of my spare time looking after horses and battling an overgrown garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If it is not clear to you who your designated Support Champion is, advice can be sought at supportt.sw@hee.nhs.uk