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Royal College of Physicians appoints two new deputy registrars

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has appointed Dr Alastair Gilmore and Dr Sonia Panchal as its deputy registrars following a competitive appointment process for these new roles.

Dr Sonia Panchal is a consultant rheumatologist at the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. Sonia was a National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow leading on national projects through the Academy of Royal Colleges and Health Education England and has served on several RCP and BSR committees.

Dr Alastair Gilmore works as consultant physician in acute medicine at Arrowe Park Hospital, at the Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Alastair has represented the Mersey region at the RCP’s New Consultants Committee since 2016 and has gone on to chair the committee and sit on RCP Council.

Please see the deputy registrars page for further information on the role and the successful candidates.

Deputy registrars are appointed, via interview, for an initial 3-year term of office (with the possibility of extension to 4 years) - beginning 1 December 2019. Seven applications were received (one withdrew at a later stage). All candidates were shortlisted, and interviews took place on 3/4 July 2019.

Speaking on the appointments, Professor Donal O’Donoghue, RCP registrar said:

“I am delighted that Dr Panchal and Dr Gilmore are joining the RCP as Deputy Registrars. Both doctors bring a wealth of experience from across the NHS and will be a great asset to the RCP. I look forward to working with them.”

The RCP welcomes the successful candidates and would like to thank all those who put themselves forward for the roles.

Notes to editors

For more information, pictures of successful appointees and interview requests, please contact Hannah Perlin on 0203 075 1466 or email Hannah.perlin@rcp.london.ac.uk