Course Contributor – Dr Frankie Swords

Dr Frankie Swords, a Consultant Endocrinologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Director of the Diabetes and Endocrinology Team.

She’s also an honorary senior lecturer in medicine at the University of East Anglia.

Dr Frankie Swords

Dr Frankie Swords

Frankie trained in Oxford and London before undertaking her diabetes and endocrinology training at St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospitals. In 1999, she entered full time research for which she was awarded a Wellcome Clinical Research Fellowship. During this time, she developed a clinical research interest into the treatment of pituitary disorders, and a scientific research interest and PhD on adrenal disease.

She was awarded the Medical Research Society prize for endocrinology and the William Harvey Research Institute Young Investigator of the year award for this work.

Dr Swords returned to clinical medicine in 2004 and completed her endocrinology training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, in London, before taking up her appointment in Norwich in April 2008.

Dr Swords is passionate about clinical medicine, improving patient care and teaching. She’s the author of the award-winning www.endobible.com – an online tool for endocrinology diagnosis and management – and speaks regularly both nationally and internationally.

Course Contributor – Dr Tristan Barrett

Dr Tristan Barrett is a University Lecturer in the Department of Radiology at the University of Cambridge and an Honorary NHS Consultant Radiologist.

Dr Tristan Barrett

Dr Tristan Barrett

Tristan graduated from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London in 2002. After completing his exams, he worked as a Visiting Fellow at National Institutes for Health, USA in the Molecular Imaging Program from 2005 to 2007, under the tutelage of Dr Peter Choyke.

Research projects at NIH included prostate cancer MRI, angiogenesis imaging, and the bench-side development of targeted contrast agents.

He trained in radiology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, and developed an interest in education, becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and co-authoring books for medical students and residents.

He has written six book chapters in radiology text books, and and published nine review articles. On completion of radiology residency, he undertook a fellowship in body imaging at the University of Toronto, Canada.

His main clinical research interest is in prostate cancer, with a particular interest in multi-parametric MRI techniques for identifying and characterising prostate tumours.

Course Contributor – Dr Tim Quinnell 

Dr Tim Quinnell is a chest physician specialising in ventilatory failure and sleep disorders.

Dr Tim Quinnell

Dr Tim Quinnell

He is based at the Respiratory Support & Sleep Centre (RSSC), Papworth Hospital, Cambridge. The unit provides a regional and national service for patients requiring investigation and management of respiratory failure, and cares for over 1000 people maintained on domiciliary ventilatory support.

He is actively involved in the Progressive Care Programme, which in the past 20 years has accepted over 500 patients from ICUs for weaning from prolonged invasive mechanical ventilation.

Dr Quinnell is also clinical lead for the RSSC’s sleep laboratory, which conducts over 1000 polysomnograms a year on patients with both respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders. There are around 10,000 CPAP users under the RSSC.

Tim is thoracic lead for medical student teaching at Papworth Hospital. His research interests include non-invasive ventilation for COPD and alternatives to CPAP in obstructive sleep apnoea.

Course contributor – Dr Caroline Whymark

Dr Caroline Whymark is a consultant anaesthetist in the West of Scotland and is the Deputy Regional Adviser in Anaesthesia.

Dr Caroline Whymark

Dr Caroline Whymark

Dr Whymark developed a novel course in exam preparation and delivers it throughout the region. 87% of participants on this course go on to pass the FRCA at the first sitting.

She graduated from Glasgow University in 1995 and spent time training in anaesthesia in East Anglia and North Trent before returning to the West of Scotland.

An interest in teaching and education has been a continual theme throughout her career. She gained a post-graduate Certificate in Medical Education in 2004 and has since published research on teaching and learning anaesthetic skills and has delivered workshops at national meetings using simulation models. She continues to teach locally to under-graduates, foundation doctors and anaesthetic trainees.

She was appointed to her consultant post in 2004, fulfilling the role of College Tutor for six years and is currently the Deputy Regional Adviser.

She is also the author of the book Prepare to Pass the FRCA which is due to be published by OUP.

Course contributor – Ms Shelly Griffiths

Shelly Griffiths is a speciality registrar in general surgery in the South West, having trained in Cambridge and London. She also works as a specialist advisor to the Care Quality Commission, to help ensure that acute trust inspection outcomes are informed by up-to-date and credible clinical and professional knowledge and experience, with an aim of improving the quality of healthcare provision across the UK.

Ms Shelly Griffiths

Ms Shelly Griffiths

Shelly has a keen interest in supporting and educating junior doctors as they start out in their careers and is actively involved in teaching both medical students and doctors.

She is the author and editor of Acute Surgery: The Survival Guide and Surgical Interviews: The Survival GuideAcute Surgery: The Survival Guide, written by trainees for trainees, is the only pocketbook on the market providing a clear management plan for many commonly seen surgical presentations.

Its production, along with the Surviving the Surgical On-call Course, was born out of the wish to impart both confidence and competence to junior trainees.

Course contributor – Dr Sarb Clare

Dr Sarb Clare graduated from the University Of Manchester in 1999. She was one of the first Acute Physicians in training and played a pivotal role in developing the training curriculum of acute medicine.

Dr Sarjit Clare

Dr Sarb Clare

She is an Acute Physician at City Hospital in Birmingham, and has an extensive portfolio of training and education. Dr Clare has a Masters in Medical Education and has created innovative courses addressing the acutely unwell patient. This includes Golden Hour training, USS at the Front Door and the PTWR Carousel. In addition she delivers IMPACT, ALS and ALERT.

Her specialist interest is Echocardiography and USS at the front door. With BSE accreditation she has created an admission avoidance clinic – the Acute Echo Clinic – and heavily involved in training SpR’s to FEEL and BSE level.

She has embedded Echo and USS as part of the assessment of the unwell patient and shown that it leads to prompt diagnosis and decreased length of stay.

She is an active member of the West Midlands GIM Committee and passionate about raising the profile of generalism in light of the RCP Future Hospital Report.

Course contributor – Dr Will Davies 

Dr Will Davies is a Locum Consultant Cardiologist at Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with specialist interests in percutaneous coronary intervention for coronary artery disease and structural intervention for degenerative valvular disease.

Dr Davies graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1998, before training in Cardiothoracic Surgery. He was awarded Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2001.

Dr Will Davies

Dr Will Davies

During his period of surgical training, Dr Davies was appointed as the William J von Liebig Scholar in Cardiothoracic Transplantation at the Mayo Clinic, USA where he studied towards a Doctor of Philosophy research degree. His work on the role of circulating progenitor cells post cardiac transplantation led to him being honoured with the Mayo Clinic and Foundation Award for Individual Excellence.

On returning to the UK he worked as a Specialist Registrar for 18 months on the cardiac surgery service at Papworth, including a six month period within the Transplant Team.

Having experienced first-hand the exciting advances in minimally invasive valve therapies whilst in the US, Dr Davies undertook cardiology training within the Eastern Deanery and gained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2009. His Fellowship at St Thomas’ Hospital, London allowed him to work alongside the pioneers in the field of minimally-invasive heart valve implantation.

Dr Davies’s unique training in both cardiac surgery and cardiology allows him to understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of both specialties when dealing with the patient with complex cardiac pathology.

Course contributor – Dr Resham Baruah

Resham has been a North West Thames cardiology registrar since 2007 and is currently rotating through the North Thames Heart Failure fellowship at the Royal Brompton Hospital. As part of the rotation she has worked in advanced heart failure and transplantation at Harefield Hospital and cardiomyopathy at The Heart Hospital. She completed her PhD in periodic breathing and heart failure in 2010 and has over 15 publications in heart failure and imaging.

In 2008, she was awarded Winner British Junior Cardiology Research Awards, and in 2010 was Finalist Young Investigator Award at the British Society of Cardiology and won the Young Investigator Award, at the European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure, Berlin 2010. She has presented internationally, taught at the cardiology training days and teaches on the FEEL echo course. She is also the North West Thames BJCA representative.