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Specialty Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Meeting dates (10am start unless otherwise stated)


  • 25 February 2022 – 13.30 to 16.30
  • 26 May 2022 – 10.00 to 13.00
  • 13 & 14 October 2022  (times to be confirmed)



3 times per year

Reporting committees

Advanced Training Committee, Subspecialty Committee, Core Curriculum Committee, Training Evaluation Committee, MTI and Volunteering Committee

Reporting to

Education Board


To be responsible for the content, structure and delivery of the Specialty Training Programme and to advise the eligibility of doctors for the award of the Certificate of Completion of Training.


  • To receive recommendations from the Core Curriculum Committee and Advanced Training Committee concerning revisions to the Core and Advanced Training Curricula and to approve curricula changes prior to submission to Education Board
  • To receive recommendations from the Subspecialty Committee concerning revisions to subspecialty curricula and to approve curricula changes prior to submission to Education Board
  • To roll out curriculum revisions to the trainees ensuring appropriate mechanisms are in place for transitional arrangements
  • To liaise with the Examination and Assessment Committee concerning the content of assessments for the Specialty Training Programme
  • To liaise with the Training Evaluation Committee concerning the educational quality agenda
  • To liaise with the MTI Officer concerning the educational quality of MTI training


  • To be responsible for the overall structure of the Specialty Training Programme
  • To be responsible for maintaining the standards of trainee progression as set in the Matrix on an annual basis with particular reference to the hurdles set between ST2 and 3 and ST5 and 6
  • To work closely with the Recruitment Officer to maintain an overview of the recruitment of trainees into the specialty and issues arising from Foundation training and to monitor and review statistics and national trends relating to recruitment
  • To support the work of the Foundation Lead on issues relating to the Foundation Programme, Women’s Health resource, careers guidance and promoting the specialty
  • To liaise and consult with the Trainees’ Committee on issues relating to education and training and wider relevant issues
  • To liaise with the Training Evaluation Committee on the Training Evaluation Form and analysis and reporting of data
  • To consult with the Medical Training Initiatives (MTI) officer on issues relating to the MTI programme and support the work of the MTI and Volunteering Committee
  • Supported by the eLearning team, to be responsible for the quality assurance process for the Online Assessors resource on RCOG eLearning.


  • To monitor the quality of the Training Programme across specialty schools and report annually to the GMC
  • To promote best practice  in the delivery and management of training programmes
  • To promote  consistency   in training, education, examination and assessment
  • To review the feedback from the Trainee Evaluation Form and liaise with the Trainees’ Committee
  • To report ongoing issues in the delivery of training both of a general and individual nature to the Education Board
  • To ensure that a network of communication exists between the Deaneries/LETBs and the College
  • To identify, support and develop new initiatives in the interest of continuous improvement of training

Award of the Certificate of Completion of Training

  • To be responsible for revisions to the regulations for the award of the Certificate of the Completion of Training
  • To act as arbiter in cases where a trainee and the Head of School are in disagreement pertaining to the application of the CCT regulations, the award of time for research or applications for ‘out of programme’ experience.
  • To approve applications for the award of the Certificate of Completion of Training and the Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration through the combined programme (CESR-CP)


Please send all correspondence to the Committee Administrator:


The Specialty Education Advisory Committee will include all the Heads of Schools and nominated honorary post holders. The membership will comprise:





Alastair Campbell

Vice Chair

Fiona Clarke

Vice President for Education

Susan Ward

Executive Director, Quality and Projects

Gary Waltham

Director, Education

Carly Edwards

Head of Special Education & Training

Bettina Cayetano

Chair, Trainees Committee

Heidi Stelling

Education Lead, Trainees Committee

Jassimran Bansal

Chair, Curriculum Committee

Alec McEwan

Chair, Advanced Training Committee

Judith Moore

Chair, Subspecialty Committee

Karen Guerrero

Lead Dean for O&G

Adam Hill

Less than Full Time Adviser

Susanah Crowe

Adviser for Workplace Behaviour

Ellen Knox

Medical Training Initiative (MTI) Officer

Sanjay Rao

Foundation Lead

Marina Flynn

Recruitment Officer

Penny Law

Heads of School for O&G

See below

Heads of School


Head of School

HEE East of England

Charlotte Patient

HEE Kent Surrey & Sussex

Melanie Tipples

HEE North East

Ian Aird

Northern Ireland

Charles Beattie


Euan Kevelighan

HEE South West (Severn)

Johannah Trinder

HEE Wessex

Karen Brackley

HEE South West (Peninsula)

Benjamin Peyton-Jones

HEE East Midlands

Alec McEwan

HEE West Midlands

Richard Cartmill

HEE Yorkshire & the Humber

Marina Flynn

HEE Thames Valley

Deborah Harrington 

HEE North West

Elizabeth Haslett


Claire Alexander

London and South East


London North West

Catriona Stalder (Specialty Lead)

London North East & Central

Dilip Visvanathan (Deputy Head of School)