Regional Specialty Advisers - Clinical Oncology

The role and responsibilities 

Regional Specialty Advisers (RSAs) are the regional representatives of The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) with respect to education and training and are accountable to the Medical Director, Education and Training. They perform a vital role in assuring, on behalf of the College, that national standards for training, curriculum delivery and assessment are maintained and provide an external perspective to the Deaneries on the quality assurance processes of their training programmes.

The responsibility for delivering training lies with the LETBs/deaneries as exercised through the various school and training programme structures. The process of approving training programmes and locations, and inspecting these by formal visits, is the responsibility of the GMC. Our expectation is that RSAs will work cooperatively to support these organisations in the interests of high-quality training and ultimately patient care in their region. 


The RSA is required to provide some external support outside their local region to other LETBs/deaneries' ARCP processes as the College representative.  The RSA will be assigned to a region for the whole of their term and a deanery administrator will contact you usually at the start of every year with the date the ARCP will be held. 

We are aware that it is becoming increasingly difficult for advisors to find the time and get local approval to attend external ARCP panels. If you are unable to attend it is possible for the ARCP to be reviewed by sampling eportfolios remotely.  

The RSA needs to provide a short structured report to the local LETB/Deanery and should provide a copy to the RCR.

Heads of training meetings

These are held twice a year, usually in conjunction with other training personnel such as training programme directors and college tutors.  This is an opportunity to share good practice, discuss common issues and to engage directly with the College.

Upcoming meetings

  • 8 November 2018


Applications are invited from Fellows and members of the Faculty of Clinical Radiology of The Royal College of Radiologists for appointment as Regional Specialty Advisers for the following regions:

  • Mersey

  • North & West Thames

  • South East Thames

  • South West Thames

  • South West Peninsula

  • West Midlands

Upcoming vacancies from February 2019

  • Northern Ireland

  • Wales

Appointments are for a term of four years. A maximum of two consecutive terms can be served.

The role of RSA should not normally be combined with that of training programme director, head of school or departmental lead clinician/clinical director. The College advises that the responsibilities of a regional adviser cannot be properly discharged without acknowledgement of this commitment as a fixed component of the consultant's job plan.

Application procedure

Interested applicants should complete an application form and 

Current members 

 East AngliaDr Dinos Geropantas
 East MidlandsDr Rengarajan Vijayan


 East ThamesDr Melanie Powell
 North & West ThamesVACANT
 South East Thames VACANT
 South West ThamesVACANT
 North West Dr Ananya Choudhury
 NorthernDr Eleanor Aynsley
 Northern IrelandDr Poh Lin Shum
 OxfordDr Paul Rogers


 East ScotlandDr Frances Yuille
 West ScotlandDr Azmat Sadozye
 South West (Peninsula)VACANT
 South West (Severn)Dr Audrey Cook
 WalesDr Mick Button
 WessexDr Katy Bradley
 West MidlandsVACANT
 Yorkshire Dr Bernadette Foran