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RCR Fellow: Fairer training outcomes- Clinical Oncology

We want to make a difference. And we know that training outcomes can be different for our trainees and these can be correlated to protected characteristics. We want to change this. The drivers are complex and not all within our gift to change. But for those that are, we want to change them. We need your help to do this.

For the past two years, our RCR Fellows for Fairer Training Outcomes, Dr Abiola Fatimilehin and Dr Zsuzsanna Iyizoba-Ebozue have analysed a plethora of data on differential attainment and developed targeted interventions to address specific issues. A key success has been the development and piloting of a successful reverse mentoring scheme.

We are looking for their successors to whom they can pass on the baton of achievements to date, which create a solid foundation for the successful applicants to build on, in addition to making their own mark against the backdrop of the ambitions the RCR’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee has set out in our EDI Action Plan.

Role Description


Overall goal of the fellowship

We know that there are differences in outcomes to training which can be correlated to protected characteristics. The drivers for this are complex, but as a global Medical Royal College we are committed to bridging existing attainment gaps and working towards creating a fair training environment for all trainees.

The outcome

To develop initiatives to support the College in achieving the goals set out in our published EDI action plan, building on and sustaining the momentum built by the current Fellows.

It will be for the appointed Fellows, in collaboration with the Medical Director, Education & Training to determine the specific outcomes to be achieved during the fellowship against the plethora of goals of the College in eliminating resolvable gaps in training outcomes.

Number of fellowships on offer

- Two

Curriculum relevance: Capabilities in Practice

- CiP 1: Able to function within NHS organisational and management of systems.

- CiP 3: Communicates effectively and is able to share decision making, while maintaining appropriate situational awareness, professional behaviour and professional judgement.


 - Two years

Reporting to

- Medical Director, Education & Training, Clinical Oncology

Working with

- EDI Committee

- RadReach

- Professional Networks team

- Workforce Development & Training team


- Dr Katy Clarke (RadReach national steering group member)

(Clinical Oncologist at Leeds, previous TPD, member of the STB and previous head of all trainees at LTHT)

Key stakeholder relationships

- Oncology Registrars’ Forum

- Specialty Training Board

- Heads of Training

- Local Diversity leads

- General Medical Council

-  Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

-  NHSE Workforce, Training and Education Directorate

What’s in it for you

- Ability to develop leadership skills and experience in a non-clinical context

- Understand how different training programmes operate through the lens of EDI

- Network with senior leaders and colleagues in your specialty

- Network with colleagues in other healthcare organisations (GMC, other Royal Colleges, Deaneries, NHSE WTE)

- Gain access to national level faculty boards

-  Academic output (papers and presentations at national meetings)

Person specification

- Passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion

- Interested in developing leadership skills

- Commitment to goals and goals oriented

- Organisational skills

- Time management

- Ability to work independently and take ownership of work

- A team player and proactive in building and maintaining constructive relationships

- Good presentation skills

- Can research and evaluate sensitive issues, identifying options and making evidence based recommendations

Eligibility criteria

- Membership or Fellowship of the College

Time commitment

To be able to make the difference we seek to achieve, we would want someone who could commit up to half a day a week to the fellowship. Given its alignment with capabilities as set out in the curriculum, we would invite you to have a conversation with your TPD before applying to negotiate the time needed to achieve the outcomes sought.

Deadline for applications

4 January 2024

How to apply

Please share your CV and a covering letter of no more than 500 words telling us:

  • What interests you about this fellowship
  • How you would define success for both your own personal development and for the RCR
  • Your experience against the person specification 

Applications should be sent by the deadline to: [email protected].

If you would like an informal conversation about this role, please get in touch.

Shortlisting will be done before Christmas, and conversations with shortlisted applicants scheduled for the first two weeks in January 2024.

Apply now