New RCR college officer appointments made

Friday 14 January 2022

We are pleased to announce that Dr Tom Roques has been elected as incoming Vice President, Clinical Oncology and Dr Priya Suresh as incoming Medical Director for Education and Training, Clinical Radiology. The successful candidates will officially take up their posts from 1 September 2022 and will undergo a period of handover with the Officers currently in post beforehand. Find out more about these roles

Dr Tom Roques

Tom Roques trained as a clinical oncologist in London and Vancouver before becoming a consultant in Norwich in 2004.  He specializes in head and neck, thyroid, upper gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary cancers as well as lymphoma radiotherapy. He has particular interests in technical radiotherapy and in doctor–patient decision-making.  

From 2018 to 2021 he was Medical Director for Professional Practice for Clinical Oncology at the Royal College of Radiologists. In this elected role he led on clinical oncology faculty activities that guide and support oncologists throughout their careers, such as national guideline development, audit and quality improvement. As one of three clinical oncology officers he championed the role of the oncology workforce at a national level and helped influence UK cancer policy. He developed the consensus guidance process that has helped reduce variation in radiotherapy practice. He led the national radiotherapy consent form project which was awarded Cancer Team of the Year at the 2021 BMJ Awards. He helped co-ordinate the national oncology response to the COVID-19 pandemic, so that services were successfully maintained and adapted throughout the UK.

He was oncology service director in Norwich from 2010–2016. He has been chair of the Anglia East head and neck cancer and thyroid cancer multidisciplinary teams since 2005. He is radiotherapy lead for Norwich and was chair of the Anglia Alliance Radiotherapy Board from 2013–19.

Tom has written and spoken about target volume definition in head and neck and other cancers at national and international meetings and is part of the quality assurance team for two international head and neck trials. He has been local principal investigator for many other research studies. He was a member of the NICE head and neck cancer guideline committee and was chair for the NICE brain tumour guideline published in 2018. He is one of the four authors of the ‘red book’ (Practical Radiotherapy Planning) and has written many other book chapters as well as the 2017 RCR guideline on radiotherapy target volume definition and peer review.

Away from medicine he loves watching most sports though supporting Norwich City is not always a pleasure. He is a keen parkrunner and cyclist and sings in a chamber choir.

Dr Tom Roques

 

Dr Priya Suresh

I did my undergraduate training in India followed by the MRCP in Manchester. My radiology training was in Manchester and Plymouth, followed by a fellowship at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) Stanmore.

As training and education have been my main passion, I also completed a diploma in Post Graduate Clinical Education.

My work with the RCR started in 2011 when I brought the idea of READ and served as the Programme Director. I have subsequently had the privilege of working in number of RCR committees including the Curriculum Committee, Specialty Training Board and Faculty Board.

I have chaired the FRCR 2a MSK SBA and am currently the Lead for MSK module of RITI and SIG Lead for the iRefer MSK guidelines.

I am also the Academy Lead for the Peninsula Radiology Academy, Training Programme Director and Teaching Lead for imaging and Honorary University fellow.

Innovative practices include Simulation Training in radiology: diagnostics, intervention and team building.

Currently we are sharing weekly Anatomy teaching with the New Radiology Academies. This is a collaborative approach between the Peninsula Radiology Academy, the RCR and the new academies.

On behalf of the President of the RCR, I was recommended to join the Assessor Team of The Medical Council (Ireland) as the Specialist Expert with excellent feedback from the Chair of the Assessor team:  “It has been such a pleasure working with you. And thank you Priya for your invaluable specialist expertise and insights which have made our task so much easier throughout.”

Marathon running and a black belt in karate have taught me that although these are individual sports, collaboration and team working are essential for success. We can achieve more by further collaborative working between faculties, between Academies, between Colleges and SIGs at local, regional, national and international levels. In my role as the RCR MDET I will work hard with the RCR and all Fellows and members to further enhance the standing of the RCR as a global leader in radiology education.

Dr Priya Suresh