Meet the Medical Education Team
Dr Gareth Thomas
Director of Medical Education (DME)
Gareth is a Consultant Psychiatrist for Older People and is our DME. He was previously Deputy DME and Deputy Course Director of the MRCPsych Course in the North West. Gareth was also the lead question writer for Psychiatry for the Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA). Gareth was awarded the NW RCPsych Trainer of the Year and was shortlisted for the National RCPsych Trainer of the Year Award in 2018. He is also the Trust 'Medical Appraisal and Revalidation Lead' and 'Medical Listening into Action Lead'.
Dr Clare Oakley
Deputy Director of Medical Education (DDME)
Clare is a Forensic Consultant Psychiatrist, and is our Deputy DME. Clare has been involved in Medical Education for many years and was a member of the Psychiatry PTC as a Trainee. Clare is the author of the books '101 Audits in Psychiatry' and 'Rapid Psychiatry' which are commonly used by Trainees and many other grades of doctor. She is a Clinical and Educational Superisor and an MRCPsych CASC examiner.
Dr Brijesh Desai and Dr Esther Chilman
Locality Site Tutors (Blackpool / Fylde and Wyre)
Brijesh is a General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist, and is one of our Educational Site Tutors for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre in North Lancashire. This includes the Harbour and community posts in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. He is a Clinical and Educational supervisor, and previously was the General Adult module lead for the regional MRCPsych Course and has a keen interest in Critical Appraisal. Brijesh was the LSCFT Supervisor of the Year in 2019.
Esther is an Old Age Consultant Psychiatrist, and is also one of the Educational Site Tutors for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. Esther is an experienced Clinical and Educational Supervisor for FY, GP, CT and ST Doctors. Previously Esther was a Deputy Associate Medical Director in Older Adults and brings a wealth of experience.
Dr Mark Fielding
Locality Site Tutor (South Cumbria)
Mark is a General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist. He is our Educational Site Tutor for South Cumbria and is an experienced Clinical and Educational Supervisor. Mark has been integral to the integration of the South Cumbria medical education team as the team became part of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. Mark is supported by the fantastic team in South Cumbria - Jo Waddington, Donna Bates and Katie Dixon.
Dr Tarun Khanna
Locality Site Tutor (Central Lancs)
Tarun is a General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist, and is our Site Tutor for Central Lancashire, which includes Chorley, Ormskirk, Guild Lodge and Lancaster. He is a Clinical and Educational supervisor. Tarun has also completed a Masters in Medical Leadership and has an interest in digital health and telepsychiatry.
Dr Chris Linton
Foundation Year Tutor and Site Tutor (Pennine Lancs)
Chris is a Consultant Psychiatrist for Older People and is our Foundation Doctor Lead. He is a Clinical an Educational supervisor, with previous experience as the Acting Deputy Medical Director and Acting Chief Clinical Information Officer for the Trust. He was the LSCFT Supervisor of the Year (joint) in 2018. Chris has valuable previous experience as our Deputy Medical Director and Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO).
Dr Charlotte Busby
Charlotte is a Perinatal Psychiatrist and is our 'Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT)' Lead. This post within the eductaion team is to support doctors to 'get upto speed' when they return to training from absence. We want our doctors to feel as supported as possible and Charlotte has developed a number of training sessions and webinars for our supervisors to ensure that they are well trained to supprt a trainee who is returning to training.
Dr John Mulinga
SAS Doctor Tutor
John is an Older Adult Consultant Psychiatrist is our Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) and Locally Emplyed (LE) doctor tutors. John is central to the implementation of the SAS Doctor work that we have been doing in the Trust, particularly the educational and training opportunities for this group.. He is a great support to our doctors progressing through CESR and has huge amounts of experience with doctors in training as a Clinical and Educational Supervisor.
Dr Simon Belderbos
Simon is a General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist and the Undergraduate Lead for Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster students whilst they are in the Trust. He is also one of the module leads at Manchester Medical School. He is an experienced MRCPsych CASC examiner. Simon works closely with a fantastic dedicated team including Dr Marisa Wray (Consultant Psychiatrist) and the Medical Education Facilitators (MEFs): Nick Mullin, Jo Waddington, Kate Cookson, Jane Aldersley and Tina Nash. We also have have fantastic support from Clair Greenwood, Steph Glenholmes, Angela Jones, Aleisha Dawson, Donna Bates and Katie Dixon.
Medical Staffing and Temporary Staffing Team
And not forgetting we receive a huge amount amount of input from medical staffing which is led by our Medical Education Manager Jacqui Welding. We also receive lots of support from temporary staffing who do a fantastic job to support our students and doctors! A Big thank you!