Teesside physician is the new director of training for the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
Dr Dawn Ashley is an consultant acute physician and gastroenterologist at the trust. She is also the clinical lead for acute medicine, acute oncology, and will maintain her practice alongside the new role.
Dawn said: “I aim to work closely with the royal college trainees’ committee to represent their views nationally, particularly in light of the introduction of the new curriculums’ and the challenges of training in the era of COVID.
“I plan to develop and deliver training opportunities to support trainees in their general medicine and specialty programmes. With an increasing emphasis on delivery through an online platform, making these accessible nationally and internationally. The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is a friendly, inclusive and accessible college.
“I also plan to deliver training for trainees internationally in UK accredited training programmes, though the Federation of the Royal College of Physicians of UK.”
We could not be prouder to see Dr Ashley appointed into this post, an absolute ambassador for our future medical workforce. Another shining example of the levels of talent within our Teesside trust.Dr Deepak Dwarakanath, Medical Director for North Tees and Hartlepool
Dr Ashley has high ambitions for supporting the medical workforce of the future and spoke of her own journey:
“My interest in training began during my time as a clinical teaching fellow at North Tees in 2002, delivering training to undergraduate medical trainees from the Teesside University base site. This led to the completion of a Certificate in Medical Education at Newcastle University.
“As a consultant I have been the Training Programme for Gastroenterology, Quality Management Lead for the School of Medicine at HEENE and latterly Deputy Head and Head of the School of Medicine at HEENE. I was responsible for the 470 trainees in the IMT and higher specialty training programmes in medicine in the region.”
Dr Ashley is involved in college activities as the Regional Advisor for Royal College of Physicians in London.
I would encourage all health professionals to become involved in training – it is extremely rewarding to see others develop in confidence both intellectually and professionally and teaching others also refreshes your own learning.
As a doctor, becoming involved in the development and management of training has been one of the most enjoyable things I have done in my career, maintaining close contact with trainees and trainers around the region and having the opportunity to make a real difference to the quality of training we deliver regionally and nationally.Dr Dawn Ashley