Dr Kaushik Chaudhuri is an elected member of Council at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).
Kaushik is a consultant rheumatologist and clinical lead at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. He has been a consultant for 18 years and has held a number of roles at the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) including regional chair for the West Midlands 2013–16 and trustee and chair of the Education Committee from 2016–19. He is the current honorary secretary for the BSR since May 2019.
He was the RCP clinical lead for the specialty certificate examination (SCE) in rheumatology as well as a member of the specialist advisory committee from 2016–19. He also supported the Independent Service Review Committee with an investigation. He continues to work with the rheumatology SCE question setting committee.
He has worked closely with the Global Department of the RCP in setting up educational conferences in Jordan, Sri Lanka and Ghana.
Kaushik is the UK representative for UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists, Rheumatology Section) and has been elected as their treasurer from November 2019.
He has worked with national patient organisations, and helped with regional specialist commissioning policies.
His particular interests lie in the following areas:
- Initiatives that allow the RCP to harness the power of all relevant stakeholders in shaping local policy, especially in the management of chronic diseases – which are often overlooked by acute trusts.
- Programmes designed to help members and fellows be resilient and to prevent burn-out.
- Education – incorporating new technology to improve access within the UK and overseas, particularly the developing world.
- Ensuring that Council is truly representative of a diverse membership to enable the RCP to continue to have an important role in shaping the physicians of the future.