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 Postgraduate Doctors and trainers across HEE-NE in a Clinical Trainer role. She is an ILM level 5 qualified coach and provides coaching to our regions Postgraduate Doctors as part of the Educational Support Service.

Alyson Williamson

Senior Business Manager / CertMedEd (ESME) PGCert Clin Leadership

Alyson manages the regional Professional Support and Wellbeing Unit and takes the lead in designing and delivering the faculty development programme to supervisors and Postgraduate Doctors. 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 Postgraduate Doctors 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.  Prior to this role Bethany has eight years’ experience as a Senior Programme Lead, where she designed and delivered inclusive development programmes which were delivered nationally. 

Linda Maxwell

Programme Support Administrator

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.

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 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. 

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.

Nikhil Premchand

Consultant Physician / Associate Dean / Chair - Faculty of Digital Health

Nikhil graduated from medical school at Newcastle University in 2000 and trained in infectious diseases in the Northern Deanery.  He became a consultant in 2010 and worked at the RVI before moving to Northumbria Healthcare in 2012 to develop the Clinical Infection service.  Nikhil works across the acute medical team and the clinical infection service in addition to being the trust clinical lead for IT (CCIO).  His clinical interests include bone and joint infection, antimicrobial stewardship and the application of technology to healthcare with the aim of improving patient care and staff experience.  Nikhil is the clinical lead for the North Cumbria viral hepatitis service and delivers intermittent clinics in Carlisle.  Additionally, Nikhil is an Associate Dean for Health Education England North East and chairs the Faculty of Digital Health.  He has been involved in medical education and training for over a decade and has previously been the training programme director for acute medicine and infectious diseases in addition to being the first Guardian of Safe Working at Northumbria.

Matt Gray

Associate Leadership Fellow / Trauma & Orthopaedics / ST4 / MBBS MRCS BSc (Hons)

Matt is a Trauma & Orthopaedic Postgraduate Doctor in the Northern region and an Associate Fellow of the HEE NE Northern Leadership & Management Fellowship after previously completing two years in post as a full-time fellow between 2019 and 2021.

Matt has previously been involved in several regional and national projects addressing themes ranging from the utilisation of technology to support training through to contributing to National policy surrounding the delivery of training in the independent sector.

He is specifically interested in demystifying and widening access to practical leadership and management experiences for all doctors in training and ongoing development of the Northern L&M fellowship.

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 Postgraduate Doctor. 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 understand how Postgraduate Doctors 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 Postgraduate Doctors. Outside of work, he enjoys walking in the Northumbrian countryside.

Gregory Stamp

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

Greg is an Orthopaedic Surgery Postgraduate Doctor 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.

Laura Clifton

Leadership and Management Fellow / T&O ST5 / MBChB BmedSci PG Cert (Med Ed) MRCS

Laura is a Trauma and Orthopaedics Registrar in the North East.  She graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 and undertook her Foundation and Core Surgical Training in the Thames Valley region.  She is a proud Geordie and returned to the region to commence her speciality training in 2018.

She is passionate about improving the training experience for Postgraduate Doctors and is looking forward to working alongside members of the Northern Learner Support and Faculty Development team to achieve this.  A particular focus of the Fellowship Year will be working alongside the Foundation School and developing training resources.  Widening participation and promoting careers in healthcare is another passion.  She will be studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Senior Leadership and is looking forward to utilising these skills when she returns to training and in her future NHS practice. 

Outside of work Laura enjoys playing hockey, cycling, and climbing, with Northumberland providing a great springboard for adventures.

Alan Hilley

Leadership and Management Fellow / Trauma & Orthopaedics / ST6 / MBChB / MRCSEd

Alan is an Orthopaedic Surgery Postgraduate Doctor in the North East. He graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2013 and undertook foundation training in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. This was followed by a move south, to the North East, to pursue a career in surgery. Alan loves the beach and can often be found surfing or paddle boarding along the Northumberland coastline. When not in the water, Alan spends most weekends in the Lake District running up and down mountains, training for his next ultramarathon.

Alan is passionate about medical education and is looking forward to developing his skills this year by completing a PG Certificate in Medical Education with the University of Sunderland. Alan’s main focus this year will be to promote sustainable healthcare. He is looking forward to working with the Faculty of Sustainable Healthcare to create a network of green champions to support green initiatives across the region.

Alan will also be working with the Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust which offers a unique opportunity to work alongside a senior management team to gain experience of how positive change can be implemented within an NHS organisation.