Specialty and Associate Specialist Doctors' Committee members

I wish to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Chair of the Specialty Doctors’ and Associate Specialist Committee.

I graduated from medical school at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1995. Since 2007 I have worked for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) at the Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders (YCED) in Leeds and have been an Associate Specialist in Eating Disorders since January 2009.

I am the Lead Clinician for the YCED Community Treatment Service. My research interests include body image therapies and the psychological impact of enteral feeding regimes. Additionally I am the LYPFT SAS Tutor and a Medical Appraiser.

Please feel free to come and seek me out at College events. I would like to hear from you in person or via email: specialtydoctors@rcpsych.ac.uk.

I am a Speciality Doctor in Old Age Psychiatry at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Additionally,  I am the SAS tutor for my Trust and a medical appraiser. 

After obtaining my medical degree from The University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj, Romania, I gained a BA (Psychology) from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj and MSc from Manchester University. 

I was awarded a PhD from University of Leeds for my work in the neuropsychology of dementia . I have been involved in medical research for a number of years, securing substantial research funding as a principal investigator that lead to several publications.

For six years I worked for the UK Government as a Medical Advisor, Research Manager and Head of Policy and have extensive experience of representing and negotiating with national and international organisations.

Since returning to NHS full time, I have been passionate about the SAS doctors group,  and have a particular interest in career development and progression, including CESR , credentialing and medical management and leadership , and the barriers encountered by our group with these processes . 

I feel privileged to have been appointed RCPsych SAS Committee Co-Vice chair in 2016 and am determined to represent our group’s interests and listen and learn from you all. 

I am hoping to meet many of you in person at various College events or hear from you via email at specialtydoctors@rcpsych.ac.uk.

I was very pleased to be appointed co-vice chair of the committee. I have worked as an associate specialist in forensic psychiatry at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust for over 13 years.

I had previously been a staff grade having decided I no longer wanted the disruption of on-call and examinations. 

I have been fortunate to be able to develop my interests, including getting involved in research into the impact of shared reading on mental health and well-being. I have been involved in the Trust’s safe from suicide project.

I have been a SAS representative on BMA committees and was frequently a member of the optional/ discretionary points committees. I was a member of the forensic executive for several years.

I was involved in the original and revised document, Aren’t we all in it together? I am an appraiser.

During my time as a SAS doctor, I have seen many changes to our contracts, the people taking up SAS posts and how SAS doctors are viewed.

I hope we can begin to rebuild the SAS/Affiliate group and work together towards improving our lives and careers. I am keen to think about how we can work with the College and establish networks throughout the country.  

If you would like to contact me, please email: specialtydoctors@rcpsych.ac.uk.

I am a Specialty Doctor in Old Age Psychiatry, a job I have been doing in a number of different localities for over 15 years.

I have previously worked in a number of different psychiatric specialties in both a substantive and locum capacity, as well as having worked in many other specialties in Scotland and abroad.  I have been involved with the Scottish SAS Psychiatrists Association for many years, as well as representing the interests of SAS doctors at the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland's executive committee  and Scottish psychiatrists through this one.

Please get in touch with me with your concerns and views at specialtydoctors@rcpsych.ac.uk.

I am a Specialty Doctor for Adults with Intellectual Disability. I completed my medical training at Nottingham University in 1998, obtained a diploma in Clinical Psychiatry and then trained in psychiatry in both Nottingham and the West Midlands.

I obtained MRCPsych in 2009 (the first batch of CASC!!) but have remained in my Specialty Doctor post as a career choice.

I have worked in posts across both the East and West Midlands providing care for both inpatients and community patients. With the closure of a lot of learning disability wards over the past few years, my work is now fully community based in Nuneaton.

I am privileged to work in a fantastic multidisciplinary team where I can pursue my clinical interests in autism, personality disorders in adults with ID and capacity assessments.

I have been the SAS representative on the ID Faculty executive committee for the past three years and have also been the SAS representative for our Trust BMA committee.

I am keen to help SAS doctors working in psychiatry to challenge some of the perceptions and stereotypes that have historically surrounded the grade.

The reasons for taking up or staying in an SAS grade need to be valued. I have certainly appreciated the flexibility that the grade can provide in terms of balancing patient and colleague contact with the opportunities for career (including non clinical role) progression.

I have been building up a database and ‘virtual’ network group for all SAS psychiatrists working in ID across the country.

If you are an SAS doctor in ID please email me your details specialtydoctors@rcpsych.ac.uk.

I have acted as chair of the RCPsych in Northern Ireland SAS and Affiliates group since February 2016.  I have worked as a Specialty Doctor in psychiatry of old age in the Northern Health and Social Care trust for several years.  

I am passionate about improving recognition of the contribution from SAS and affiliate grade doctors, particularly in terms of quality improvement and service development.

I am also a strong advocate for improved career progression opportunities both within and outside the SAS grade. 

Apart from work commitments, I enjoy time with my young family and enjoy running to keep the stress at bay!

If you have any queries, please contact me at specialtydoctors@rcpsych.ac.uk.

It’s with great pleasure; I represent Eastern division on the Specialty Doctors and Associate Specialists’ (SAS) committee at the Royal College.

I joined the committee in November 2016. In addition, I have offered to represent the committee on CPD advisory board and Trainee Support Group (TSG).

My clinical role involves working full-time in Old age psychiatry at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

This is a field of psychiatry I am passionate about and have been in this role for nearly five years. Apart from clinical work, I am quite interested in quality improvement (QI) and had the opportunity to be a QI Fellow at Trust level.

Other interests include reflective practice and mentoring. Recently, I have been appointed as the medical member on the Trust’s infection control and prevention committee.

Doctors in SAS grades have predominantly felt undervalued and lacking in recognition and status. There is a feeling we have been overlooked, particularly in terms of professional development.

There has been a lack of consistency in how we have been offered development opportunities and supported in our roles.

The profile of the SAS doctors at the regional and national level needs to improve. The specialty doctor’s committee is committed to this cause. We need to maximise the potential of our group.

I was pleased to hear from the delegates at last year’s national conference of SAS doctors, the issues they felt needed further support by the committee.

I, along with my other committee members will be working hard to ensure that the issues are heard and solutions sought at College level.

I would be keen to hear from you all regarding any pertinent matters relating to our grade that you would like us to address. Please free to e-mail me at speciltydoctors@rcpsych.ac.uk.

I look forward to working with you all.

I am a Specialty Doctor in Neuropsychiatry in Bristol. I have been in this post for more than 2 years now and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I have a Postgraduate Degree in Psychiatry from India. After coming to UK I was a trainee in Sheffield Rotation; back in SHO days. I had a rather long career break due to varieties of reasons and know for a fact that I was able to return to work due to the flexibility and better work life balance the SAS grade provides.

I am passionate about raising SAS doctors’ profile and formalising career development pathways. I think I have joined the Specialty Doctors’ Committee at the right time when a lot of work is going on around this.

During my tenure as the Neuropsychiatry Faculty Representative, I would really like to know and hear about your experience working in Neuropsychiatry as well as any concerns regarding any aspect of your job. Please get in touch with me via specialtydoctors@rcpsych.ac.uk.


I am a Specialty Doctor in a Community Rehab Team in East London. I graduated from medical school in 2005 and following foundation training moved to London to start my Psychiatry specialist training. I completed 2 years of training but then decided to take a break from clinical work. What was initially planned to be a year out of practice turned into around 6 years. During this time I worked for a cancer charity in policy, working my way up from entry level to Senior Manager level. I also worked as a programme manager for the Department of Health for an international research programme which was an excellent experience. I learnt a great deal during this time but ultimately I missed clinical work and returned to the NHS in a specialty doctor post in 2016. I have been in my current role for just over 2 years.  

I am very pleased to be part of the Specialty Doctor Committee. I feel valued in my role but I know that this isn't always the case for Specialty Doctors. I'm keen to help tackle some of the issues that Specialty Doctors face so that they can enjoy a rewarding career. If you are a Specialty Doctor in a Rehab Team I am particularly keen to hear from you so please get in touch via specialtydoctors@rcpsych.ac.uk.


Full list of current Specialty and Associate Specialist Doctors’ Committee members

Dr Monique SchelhaseChair
Dr Kathryn TaylorCo-Vice Chair
Dr Nicoleta ReadCo-Vice Chair
Dr Amina RawatLondon Rep
Dr Atif MahmudForensic Rep
Dr Hina TahseenGeneral Adult Rep
Dr Jahnavi AcharyaNeuropsychiatry Rep
Dr James McDermottEating Disorders Rep
Dr Kate AlderseyRehabilitation Rep
Dr Nick BarnesCAMHS Rep
Dr Renato MerolliNorth Yorkshire Rep
Dr Elizabeth DawsonRCPsych in Northern Ireland
Dr Iain Fergie RCPsych in Scotland 
Dr Alison ShawRCPsych in Wales
Dr Jacqueline PalmerRCPsych in Wales
Dr Canel TinsleyWest Midlands Rep
Dr Rajashree SarkarTrent Rep
Dr Waseem ZulfiqarNorth West/Addiction Psych Rep
Dr Mike GrovesSouth East Rep

Current Vacancies

Academic FacultyEastern Division
Intellectual Disability FacultySouth West Division
Liaison FacultyLondon Division
Old Age Faculty 
Perinatal Faculty 


How to Apply

Here are the Job Descriptions.

Specialty Doctors who wish to apply to join the committee should have at least 12 months experience within the field or the division they wish to represent.

Anyone wishing to join the Specialty Doctors' Committee should submit a CV and covering letter addressed to the Chair of the Committee and send this to James Compagnone at specialtydoctors@rcpsych.ac.uk

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