Sharon Shenfine

Associate Dean, Director of Learner Support and Faculty Development / Emergency Medicine Consultant / CertMedEd

Sharon had worked as an Emergency Medicine consultant in the Northern Region for over ten years.

She has been actively involved in postgraduate education during this time both within her own Trust and on a regional basis, having been a Training Programme Director for the Acute Care Common Stem Programme.

Sharon is Director of Learner Support and Faculty Development in addition to developing and delivering training packages to both trainees and trainers across HEE-NE in a Clinical Trainer role. She is an ILM level 5 qualified coach and provides coaching to our regions trainees as part of the Educational Support Service

Alyson Williamson

Senior Business Manager / CertMedEd (ESME) PGCert Clin Leadership

Alyson manages the regional Trainee Support Service and takes the lead in designing and delivering the faculty development programme to supervisors and trainees.  She has previously held roles at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and the Royal College of Physicians of London (JCHMT). This has given her wide ranging experience of providing targeted support to trainees both in Trusts and regionally, coaching all grades of medical staff and supporting trainers to tackle training concerns including undermining behaviours.   She is a qualified Healthcare Leadership Model 360 feedback facilitator and MBTI Step 1 Facilitator.  She has presented at national and international medical education events and published commissioned educational modules for BMJ e-learning.

Jenny O'Neil

Educational Training Manager

Jenny is a qualified Higher Education careers professional with six years’ experience in Higher Education designing and delivering programmes to undergraduate and postgraduate students.  She leads on the operational management side of Supported Return to Training, is part of our faculty training team and a coach in our Educational Support Service. Jenny has vast experience empowering individuals to identify their future goals and enable them to use necessary tools to achieve their objective through 1:1 guidance and in large group teaching sessions.  She has also achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. 

Bethany Wright

Programme Support Co-ordinator

Bethany has joined the team as our Programme Support Co-ordinator.  She has a wide range of experience working in learning support and development.  In her previous role Bethany worked in further education, where she offered 1:1 coaching, careers advice and guidance, as well as bespoke teaching sessions.  Bethany supported individuals to achieve their personal and academic goals, as well as progress on to their chosen career.  Prior to this role Bethany has eight years’ experience as a Senior Programme Lead, where she developed and delivered inclusive programmes designed to empower young people. 

Linda Maxwell

Programme Support Administrator / Assoc. Member of CIPD

Linda is responsible for the administration to the Team and the organisatation of events across the north east & north Cumbria.  She also assists with the administration to The Supported Return to Training Programme (SuppoRTT) for HEE NE.

She has worked within HR and Medical Staffing  for the NHS for 15 years both for Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust and the Lead Employer Trust and has a wealth of knowledge about Modernising Medical Careers.

John Davison

Associate Dean / Clinical Trainer / Chair- Faculty of Digital Health / Consultant Geriatrician

Dr John Davison is a Consultant Physician and Geriatrician in Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust and Associate Dean for Health Education England (NE & N Cumbria). He has been a clinical and educational supervisor for over 15 years, and has experience in developing Educational CPD programmes, quality assurance, support for trainers and supporting and coaching trainees with differing needs. He has developed and chairs the NENC Faculty of Digital Health. Previous educational roles include Assistant Director of Medical Education for Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust.

James Graham

Associate Dean, Clinical Lead for SuppoRTT /Consultant Radiologist / BMSc (Hons), MB ChB, MRCP (UK), FRCR​

James qualified from the University of Dundee in 1992.  He completed Postgraduate training in Radiology in the Northern Region, with a 1 year post CCST fellowship in gastrointestinal radiology at Leeds and Bradford in West Yorkshire.  He was appointed as a Consultant in Radiology at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, commencing January 2003.   James has a broad interest in Diagnostic and Interventional radiology, particularly colorectal and gynaecology radiology.

James has a considerable experience in postgraduate medical education acting as educational and clinical supervisor.  He has a major interest in managing and maximising performance and he has previously been a Training Programme Director for Radiology. 

He is now the Clinical Lead for the Supported Return to Training Programme (SuppoRTT) in the local office. 

Sohom Maitra

Associate Dean, Deputy SuppoRTT Clinical Lead/Emergency Medicine Consultant//MBBS MRCS PgC(Med Ed) MAcadMed FHEA FRCEM

Sohom is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Major Trauma at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne. 

He is an educational and clinical supervisor to Foundation, Core and Higher trainees and has been a postgraduate medical education and Foundation programme tutor at The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2014. He has recently completed a 2 year term (2016-2018) as his Trust’s Guardian of Safe Working Hours. He is Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect of the North East Regional Board of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

He is Training Programme Director for ACCS Training and Lead TPD for Doctors with Differing Needs for Emergency & Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine training.  He is Deputy Lead for The Supported Return to Training Programme (SuppoRTT) for HEE NE.

Sohom’s main focus area is professional development and support for trainees and trainers alike, in all aspects of their respective educational milestone achievement. Particular focus is aligned to emphasising the challenges, solutions and waypoints in ‘differing need’ doctor training experience, support and management. 

Charlotte Bates

Clinical Trainer / Emergency Medicine Consultant

After completing her first year as a consultant in Perth West Australia in 2011 Charlotte is now an Emergency Medicine Consultant at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital. She has been a clinical and educational supervisor throughout her consultant career, supervised numerous SST students and over the last few years has been a Foundation Tutor. She has also been involved initially as a core trainer and more latterly as a joint lead for the Better Doctors Better Patients HEENE professionalism course delivered to Foundation year 1 doctors across the region. Her passion is training doctors to deliver holistic, patient centred care.

Having completed the years training course Charlotte is a qualified Sheffield Flow Coach and has an on-going interest in quality improvement. Other interests include geriatric emergency medicine, in particular silver and stealth trauma and realistic medicine.

Charlotte joins the faculty as a clinical trainer, contributing initially to our Core Skills Programme and our New to the NHS course.

Matt Gray

Leadership Fellow and Northern Leadership & Management Fellowship Manager / Trauma & Orthopaedics / ST3 / MBBS MRCS BSc (Hons)

Matt is a Trauma & Orthopaedic trainee in the Northern region and a second-year fellow, responsible for managing a team of 4 leadership fellows within the HEE NE Northern Leadership & Management Fellowship. Whilst in post, Matt has been involved in several regional and national projects addressing themes ranging from trainee engagement through to the utilisation of audiovisual technologies in training. He is specifically interested in the strategic and practical aspects of healthcare leadership in both a clinical and educational context.

Away from work, you will find him either enjoying a run, watching the Falcons at Kingston Park or in the North Sea (on his surfboard)!

Justin Green

Leadership and Management Fellow /  MBBS, PgC (Med Ed)

Justin graduated with a MBBS from Newcastle in 2014 and has stayed in the region throughout post-graduate training as an orthopaedic themed core trainee. He worked as a Clinical Teaching Fellow for Newcastle University in 2017 where he obtained a PG Certificate in Medical Education.

His interests lie education and digital health and having completed a year in researching the role of digital technologies, such as using machine learning in risk analysis, and it’s role in the future provision of health care. Justin is now looking to understanding how trainees can be supported in the adoption of novel technology to enhance training and the provision of healthcare.

As a Leadership and Management Fellow with HEE, Justin is focused on developing his understanding of the support and training on offer across the region to our trainees. Outside of work, he enjoys walking in the Northumbrian countryside.

Mark McMullan

Leadership and Management Fellow / Trauma & Orthopaedics / ST6 / MB BCh BAO MRCSEd

Mark is one of the current leadership and management fellows and has been training in the North East since moving from Northern Ireland in 2012.

Mark has always had a keen interest in teaching and education and has previously held national trainee committee roles and taught at Newcastle University to develop his skills.  He is still involved with delivering teaching regionally for the core surgical trainees and recently became an ATLS Instructor.

He is hoping to use his year as a fellow to get a greater understanding of how training is delivered and organised behind the scenes on national and regional scales.  He hopes to deliver projects aimed at improving engagement and recruitment amongst our future doctors with a focus on preparation for speciality training.

Gregory Stamp

Leadership and Management Fellow / Trauma & Orthopaedics / ST6 / MBBS PgC (Med Ed)  MRCSEd

Greg is an orthopaedic surgery trainee in the North East and is aiming for a career in Trauma Surgery.  He graduated from Brighton in 2012 and did his foundation years in Cornwall.   He is a Captain in the Army Reserves at 201 Field Hospital in Newcastle.  His academic interests include medical education, quality improvement and developing technology in healthcare, with robotics and simulation.

Greg loves the outdoors and having access to the Lake District and North Pennines is a major attraction of the region for him.  He runs with Jesmond Joggers and has run most distances from 200m up to a 250km ultramarathon across Iceland.  On a weekend he can usually be found in Northumberland on a bike ride!

He is excited for the opportunity this year at HEE NE to understand how strategic leadership works and effective management is delivered.  Undertaking an MBA alongside this fellowship will enable Greg to take the best of the business world and use that experience to drive transformational leadership in NHS.

Alex Dearden

Leadership and Management Fellow / Plastic Surgery / ST7 / MBChB (Hons) MRCS BSc MedSCi (Hons)

Alex graduated from Glasgow Medical school in 2011 and moved to Edinburgh to undertake his foundation training.  Subsequently in 2013 he started core surgical training in North East of England and stayed on to transition into specialist training in Plastic Surgery.  He has been involved in leadership roles on a regional and national basis as a representative of the junior doctor body.  More recently he was the chair of the Junior Doctor Forum in the Newcastle Hospital Trusts which inspired him to pursue further training in this domain. 

He will spend the year working between both the HEENE offices and the Northumbria Trust and is keen to demystify how a trust is run on a local, regional and national basis.  He will also be undertaking an MBA to further educate him on business management bridging the knowledge between doctor and private sector worker. 

In his spare time you will find Alex catching up with friends on the tennis court or golf course or exploring new culinary delights in the region.