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RCP elects new senior censor and vice president for education and training, as well as five new councillors

Dr Mumtaz Patel has been elected as the RCP’s new senior censor and vice president for education and training following a vote by 3,238 of the RCP’s fellows. She will succeed Dr Áine Burns and will take up the post on 1 August 2023 to serve for three years.

Dr Patel is currently RCP global vice president, a consultant nephrologist at Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and postgraduate associate dean for Health Education England. She has also worked as an RCP regional adviser for training, and clinical lead for quality management for the JRCPTB.

After completing her medicine degree at University of Manchester in 1996, Dr Patel went on to pursue a career in renal medicine. She completed her foundation training at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and obtained her MRCP in 2000. She did her renal specialist training in Yorkshire and gained her PhD from the University of Manchester in the genetics of lupus nephritis in 2006. She was appointed as a consultant nephrologist at Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2007.

Dr Patel has established a strong track record in education, training, assessment and research. She has a master’s in medical education and leads on national research around assessment, differential attainment and professionalism. She has designed and delivered several educational and leadership courses in the UK and internationally and is actively involved in assessment as an experienced PACES examiner.

As RCP global vice president, she has developed the Global Strategy, which has made a significant impact on our membership growth over the past two years, increased diversity and established strong networks. She also launched a global women leaders programme, which empowers female physicians to advance into leadership roles.

Dr Patel said: “I am delighted to have been elected and I am very much looking forward to starting my new role.

“I am passionate and committed to driving the quality of education and training and will work hard to support our membership through every stage of their careers.”

Five new councillors have also been elected, which is a change from the previously advertised four roles. This is due to Dr Hilary Williams, who is a current elected councillor, standing down from the role following her election as vice president for Wales.

The RCP’s new councillors (to take up post from 1 August 2023):

Dr Eileen Burns is a consultant physician at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Dr Burns has been a consultant geriatrician in Leeds for more than 30 years. She is the NHS England national specialty adviser for older people’s integrated care. She is also a former president of the British Geriatrics Society (2016-2018) and was awarded an MBE for services to integrated healthcare for older people in 2019.

She has overseen training for geriatricians and developed teaching programmes for non-medical staff to help them gain expertise in older people’s care, particularly those living with frailty, and she has helped to develop community geriatric services in Leeds.

Professor Rowan Harwood is professor of palliative and end-of-life care at the University of Nottingham and honorary consultant geriatrician at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Professor Harwood has spent 20 years as an NHS consultant in geriatric and stroke medicine, doing acute admissions, and maintaining a portfolio of educational and research responsibilities. In 2009 he changed direction to apply the lessons of stroke units to the challenge of delirium and dementia in general hospitals. Since 2018, he has worked as a clinical academic on models of supportive and end-of-life care in frailty. He is also editor in chief of Age and Ageing, the official journal of the British Geriatrics Society.

Professor Partha Kar is a consultant physician at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS University Trust.

He has been a consultant in diabetes and endocrinology for 15 years and continues to work in acute and community trusts in this specialty.

He is national specialty advisor for diabetes with NHS England and co-author of the diabetes GIRFT report, having led on widespread adoption of technology in Type 1 Diabetes. He also passionately believes in tackling issues of racial disparity in the medical workforce and recently authored an action plan on behalf of NHS England – working with the General Medical Council, British Medical Association and NHS Employers aiming to improve the inequalities, while also working to ensure fairer treatment of international medical graduates in the NHS.

Dr Ganesh Subramanian is consultant stroke physician at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and NHS England’s regional clinical director for stroke (East Midlands).

Dr Subramanian completed his training in general medicine, geriatrics and stroke medicine and worked as a consultant in Central Manchester University Hospitals from 2002 before moving to Nottingham in 2010.

His previous work with the RCP includes roles as a regional adviser, PACES host, exam question writer, exam board member and as a member of the RCP’s investment advisory panel. He has also served in several educational roles, such as a general internal medicine advisory panel member at the RCP, training programme director for internal medicine and associate postgraduate dean.

Dr Victoria Tippett is consultant respiratory physician at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool and director of educator development at the University of Liverpool School of Medicine.

Dr Tippett graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine in London, and she intercalated in healthcare ethics and law in Manchester. She subsequently trained in London and Norwich and then completed respiratory medicine specialty training in the Oxford Deanery, as well as completing a teaching fellow role in Scotland and a master’s degree in medical education from Cardiff University.

In 2021 she was elected as a regional adviser for Mersey and has been involved in connecting physicians across the north west of England. This role has included reviewing and approving consultant job descriptions, helping support RCP tutors and associate tutors and collaborating to develop CPD opportunities such as the Update in Medicine in Liverpool.