Read about the benefits of the Chief registrar programme, from one of our 21/22 Chief registrars, Waqas Akhtar.
Chief Registrar Programme: applications are open
Expressions of interest from NHS organisations for the 2023/24 Chief Registrar Programme are currently being accepted until 1 March 2023. Chief registrars are senior trainees (ST4+ or equivalent) with protected time for leadership and management. Supported by our flagship programme, they work to deliver better outcomes for patients, teams and services.
Read about the benefits of the Chief registrar programme, from one of our 21/22 Chief registrars, Waqas Akhtar:
How has the chief registrar leadership development training helped you to respond to local challenges and achieve improvement?
As the first chief registrar at my hospitals, I was given a very warm welcome and support to lead projects with the fantastic teams that work here. Together our achievements have ranged from small things to improve the daily lives of patients to designing and implementing new resuscitation practices that could have widespread application.
In addition to this, could you please supply a short summary of your project?
My main focus was around mechanical life support which involved developing a standard for advanced life support in patients with mechanical circulatory support dealing with technical and human factors involved in emergency management. We also developed a systematic organisation around identification and implementation of E-CPR in patients with refractory cardiac arrest to improve outcomes.
What have you achieved since completing the chief registrar programme?
The chief registrar programme has given a real insight to the mechanisms of how the NHS functions and the ability for any individual to enact change for the better. I was enthused to engage with other elements of the NHS and have taken up a new role as trainee representative for organ donation with NHSBT working on projects to improve donor utilisation through use of echocardiography and cross sectional imaging. Recently I was elected to be a national trainee representative to the faculty of intensive care medicine and hope to take the opportunity to improve the lives of trainees.