Associate specialist appointed honorary senior lecturer
16 November 2012
An associate specialist appointed honorary senior lecturer in recognition of his academic work is encouraging others in his grade to teach and train doctors.
Lancashire associate specialist in anaesthetics and pain management Rajesh Kumar was awarded the title at Manchester University following his work in its faculty of medical and human sciences.
He said he hoped his appointment would motivate other staff, associate specialist and specialty doctors.
The BMA staff, associate specialists and specialty doctors committee member maintained: ‘Teaching and training delivered at any level, undergraduate or postgraduate, by SAS doctors gives not only the doctor but the whole craft recognition and respect.’
Seize the opportunity
He added: ‘All SAS doctors should seize the opportunity to teach and train others. I hope to see more and more SAS doctors taking up educational and clinical supervisor roles.’
Dr Kumar said most deaneries ran courses to train SAS doctors in these roles, and he pointed out that involvement in teaching and training was helpful evidence to cross pay thresholds in the 2008 SAS contracts.
He insisted: ‘SAS doctors have a vast amount of experience, which can be tapped to the benefit of today’s trainees. It is extremely satisfying to be able to pass on the knowledge and skills to students and trainees.’
Earlier this year, the GMC issued support for the role of SAS doctors as clinical and educational supervisors as part of its consultation on the recognition and approval of trainers.