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Scotland Deanery

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The Scotland Deanery, in conjunction with our training partners and stakeholders, delivers quality postgraduate training to more than 5,700 doctors across Scotland.

Part of NES Medical Directorate, the Scotland Deanery is made up of a variety of people who coordinate, provide and deliver quality Postgraduate Medical Education in Scotland from Foundation through to Core and Specialty Training. 

Our headquarters are in the Edinburgh office but we are located across five offices across Scotland. The Deanery is split into four regions each with administration and medical staff looking after local programmes.

The Scotland Deanery, together with its partners and important stakeholders including the GMC, BMA, NHS Boards, Scotland’s Medical Schools and Royal Colleges, works to secure first class education and training that meets or exceeds all regulatory standards and acknowledged best practice in Postgraduate Medical Education and Training (PGMET).

The Scotland Deanery is central to the trainee experience. The Deanery brings together all of the necessary elements for excellent training and education. The Deanery is overseen by the NES Medical Director Professor Stewart Irvine, who fulfills the statutory role of Responsible Officer (RO) to ensure that all standards are met and exceeded through effective use of the resources and authorities available within his senior role.

The Management Team of the Deanery is made up of the Medical Director of NES and his Executive Team.

Medical Directorate Executive Team (MDET)

Chair: Prof Stewart Irvine - Director of Medicine

MDET is responsible for the overall effective management of postgraduate medical education including its educational governance and quality management

Strategic Planning Group (SPG)

Chair: Prof Rowan Parks, Deputy Director of Medicine

The SPG is responsible for the the day-to-day management of medical directorate and Deanery business.

Foundation & Specialty Training Boards

These are Advisory Boards made up of Associate Deans, College Representatives, Training Programme Directors, Trainee representatives, Service representatives. The Boards advise on workforce planning, curriculum delivery and the quality management of training programmes. There are 8 Boards, covering groups of specialties and the Foundation programme.

Who leads the specialties 

There is a Lead Dean/Director for each specialty grouping and an administrative team. therefore wherever you are in Scotland there are lead Deanery people overseeing your training. If you are a Foundation trainee, you can refer to the Foundation School pages for further information specific to you.

Each specialty grouping has a Specialty Training Board (STB) made up of Associate Deans, Training Programme Directors, College representatives, academics and trainees. The Board helps advise the Deanery by providing an expert overview of the programmes, information on curriculum changes, advice on workforce planning and a forum to discuss policy and other issues. Each STB is chaired by an Associate Dean or Director.

 



Lead Dean/Director for Specialty Grouping: Professor Ronald MacVicar

STB Chair: Dr Neil O'Donnell

Lead Training Manager: Karen Shearer

Associate Postgraduate Dean (Quality): Kim Walker, Clair Vincent

Lead Quality Improvement Manager: Kelly More

Lead Dean/Director for Specialty Grouping: Professor Clare McKenzie

STB Chair: Professor Peter Johnston

Lead Training Manager: Frances Dorrian

Associate Postgraduate Dean (Quality): Kim Walker, Fiona Ewing

Lead Quality Improvement Manager: Kelly More

Lead Dean/Director for Specialty Grouping: Professor Alastair McLellan

STB Chair: Dr David Marshall

Lead Training Manager: Susan Nicol

Associate Postgraduate Dean (Quality): Hazel Scott, Stephen Glen, Alan McKenzie

Lead Quality Improvement Manager: Helen Renton, Alex McCulloch

Lead Dean/Director for Specialty Grouping: Professor Ronald MacVicar

STB Chair: Dr Rhiannon Pugh

Lead Training Manager: Karen Shearer

Associate Postgraduate Dean (Quality): Hazel Scott, Satinder Bal

Lead Quality Improvement Manager: Dawn Mann

Lead Dean/Director for Specialty Grouping: Professor William Reid

STB Chair: Mr Graham Haddock

Lead Training Manager: Joanna Cuthbert

Associate Postgraduate Dean (Quality): Adam Hill, Kerry Haddow, Phil Walmsley

Lead Quality Improvement Manager: Jill Murray, Vicky Hayter

Lead Dean/Director for Specialty Grouping: Dr Amjad Khan

STB Chair: Dr Peter MacDonald

Lead Training Manager: Karen Shearer

Associate Postgraduate Dean (Quality): Peter MacDonald, Kevin Holliday

Lead Quality Improvement Manager: Hazel Stewart

Lead Dean/Director for Specialty Grouping: Professor Moya Kelly

STB Chair: Dr Gordon McLeay

Lead Training Manager: Frances Dorrian

Associate Postgraduate Dean (Quality): Kenneth Lee, Amjad Khan

Lead Quality Improvement Manager: Hazel Stewart

Lead Dean/Director for Specialty Grouping: Professor Clare McKenzie

FPB Chair: Dr Duncan Henderson

Scottish Foundation School Director: Dr Kim Walker

Lead Training Manager: Christine Rea

Associate Postgraduate Dean (Quality): Fiona Drimmie, Geraldine Brennan

Lead Quality Improvement Manager: Jill Murray



Workstream Management Teams

The work of the Deanery is split into four workstreams, each led by a Dean, GP Director and General Manager.

Professional Development

Lead Dean: Prof Ronald MacVicar

Lead GP Director: Prof Anthea Lints

General Manager: Adrian Dalby

 

Quality 

Lead Dean: Prof Alastair Maclellan

Lead GP Director: Prof David Bruce

General Manager: Duncan Pollock

 

Strategic Planning & Directorate Support

Lead: Prof Rowan Parks, Deputy Director of Medicine

Lead: Jean Allan, Associate Director of Medicine

General Manager: Duncan Pollock

 

Training Management

Lead Dean: Prof William Reid, Prof Clare McKenzie

Lead GP Director: Prof Moya Kelly

General Manager: Anne Dickson

 


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