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Specialty Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Meeting dates (13:30 start unless stated)


  • 1 March
  • 29 June
  • 18 October (10.00 start)




3 times per year

Reporting Committees

Advanced Training Committee, Subspecialty Committee, Core Curriculum 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 Specialty Training Programme 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
  • Roll out curriculum revisions to the trainees ensuring appropriate mechanisms are in place for transitional arrangements
  • Liaise with the Examination and Assessment Committee concerning the content of assessments for the Specialty Training Programme
  • 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
  • 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
  • Support the work of the Foundation Lead on issues relating to the Foundation Programme, Women’s Health resource, careers guidance and promoting the specialty
  • Monitor the quality of the Training Programme across specialty schools and report annually to the GMC
  • Promote best practice in the delivery and management of training programmes
  • 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
  • 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
  • To be responsible for revisions to the regulations for the award of the Certificate of the Completion of Training
  • 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.
  • Approve applications for the award of the Certificate of Completion of Training and the Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR-CP)



Please send all correspondence to the committee secretary Tania Chambers.

Tel: +44 20 7772 6294



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




Joanna Mountfield

Vice Chair

Jane MacDougall

Vice President for Education

Janice Rymer

Executive Director, Education and Quality

Linda Burke

Senior Director of Education

Kim Scrivener

Head of Special Education & Training

Bettina Cayetano

Chair, Trainees Committee

Adalina Sacco

Education Lead, Trainees Committee

Marie O’Sullivan 

Chair, Curriculum Committee

Alastair Campbell

Chair, Advanced Training Committee

Sarah Reynolds

Chair, Subspecialty Committee

Melanie Davies

Lead Dean for O&G

Ronald MacVicar

Women’s Network Representative

Mary Twomey

Less than Full Time Adviser

Susanah Crowe

Adviser for Workplace Behaviour

Rachna Bahl

Faculty Development Lead

Sam Mukhopadhyay

Medical Training Initiative (MTI) Officer

Dhiraj Uchil

Foundation Lead

Fiona Clarke

Recruitment Officer

Kevin Thomas

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


Kevin Thomas (Associate)

HEE North East

Ian Aird

Northern Ireland

Mary Murnaghan


Euan Kevelighan

HEE South West (Severn)

Johannah Trinder

HEE Wessex

Karen Brackley

HEE South West (Peninsula)

Susan Bates

HEE East Midlands (joint)

Robert Haughney

HEE East Midlands (joint)

Susan Ward

HEE West Midlands

Richard Cartmill

HEE Yorkshire & the Humber

Jacqueline Tay

HEE Thames Valley

Deborah Harrington 

HEE North West

Fiona Clarke

South East of Scotland

Claire Alexander / Paul Mills 

East of Scotland

Caithlin Neil 

West of Scotland

Phil Owen

North of Scotland

Katrina Shearer

London and South East

Gregory Ward

London and South East

Sonji Clarke (Deputy Head of School)

London North West

Catriona Stalder (Specialty Lead)

London North East & Central

Dilip Visvanatha (Specialty Lead)



Elsewhere on the site

2019 meeting dates
Dates for all committee meetings, exams, admission ceremonies and dinners in 2019
College governance
See full details of the RCOG’s governance structure