Regional Specialty Advisers - Clinical Radiology

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

  • Thursday 4th June 2020
  • Friday 6th November 2020


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

  • Northern Ireland

  • Kent, Surrey & Sussex

  • South East Thames

  • Mersey

  • North West

  •  Yorkshire North

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

The role of RSA should not normally be combined with that of the 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 acknowledgment 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 Anglia Dr Sheena McLaggan
 East Midlands Dr Will Adair
 Kent, Surrey & SussexVACANT


 North East Thames Dr Kshitij Mankad
 North West Thames Dr Romney Pope
 South East Thames  VACANT
 South West Thames Dr Anshul Rastogi
 Mersey VACANT
 North West  VACANT
 Northern Dr Richard Hartley
 Northern Ireland Dr John Lawson
 Oxford Dr James Teh


 Grampian Dr Emma Ramage
 Tayside Dr Rajesh Bhat
 South East Scotland Dr David Summers
 West Scotland Dr Emily Stenhouse
 South West (Peninsula) Dr David Buckley
 South West (Severn) Dr Naveen Bhatt
 Wales Dr Phillip Wardle
 Wessex Dr Elizabeth Rutherford  
 West Midlands Dr Mark Blakeman
 Yorkshire North VACANT
 Yorkshire South Dr Steven Thomas