The Northern Academic Training Group is a collaboration of Health Education England NE (HEE NE) and academic partners, principally the Clinical Academic Team (Newcastle University). 

The purpose of this Group is:-

  • to define the academic strategy
  • to ensure best possible access to academic medical training and research opportunities in the North East
  • to work with non-medical academic partners across HEE NE area
  • to adhere to the guidance produced by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and the Department of Health Gold Guide
  • to oversee the work of medical and non-medical academic operational groups as required.


Prof Richard Bellamy Director of Specialty Training (Chair), HEE NE
Prof Namita Kumar Postgraduate Dean, HEE NE
Mr Malcolm Smith Postgraduate Dental Dean, HEE NE
Dr Jon Scott Foundation School Director, HEE NE
Prof John Sayer Director of the Integrated Academic Training Pathway, HEE NE
Mr Chris Quinn School Manager, HEE NE
Mrs Angela Johnson Recruitment Manager, HEE NE
Mrs Laura Sams Deputy Head of HR, LET
Prof Andrew Fisher Dean of Clinical Medicine, Newcastle University
Dr Andrew Gennery AFP Programme Director (co-funded by HEE NE), Newcastle University
Prof Lynn Rochester NMAHP Academic Lead, Newcastle University
Prof Louise Robinson Academic GP Lead, Newcastle University
Dr Max Robinson Academic Dental Lead, Newcastle University
Ms Sharon Gilmore Training Coordinator, Newcastle University
Dr Amar Rangan CRN
Dr Nadia Howard-Tripp ACF Trainee Representative
Dr Gary Reynolds NIHR CL Trainee Representative
Dr Michael Sykes External Fellowship Trainee Representative
Dr Anna Porter / Dr Afsara Ahmmed AFP Trainee Representatives




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