Dr V. Sankara Raman has been appointed as Director of Medical Education at George Eliot Hospital. He will oversee the clinical education for all junior medical staff and medical students and lead the ongoing development of the pioneering ‘Physician Associate’ role at the hospital.
Dr Sankara Raman is Clinical Lead consultant for Gastroenterology and joined the Trust in 2003. As Director of Medical Education, Dr Raman intends to ensure that George Eliot Hospital flourishes as a centre of excellence in education and clinical services. He replaces Dr Peter Handslip who is to retire from the hospital this year.
Director of Medical Education, Dr Raman said:“One of the unique selling points for us as a Trust has always been the commitment of our staff to education. This has been at every level from medical students, junior doctors to all allied health professionals.
“I am very keen to ensure that this legacy and reputation for education at the hospital is maintained and enhanced.
“I know I can count on having that collaboration and cooperation from all both outside and inside the Trust for this”.
George Eliot Hospital has a state of the art education and training centre and supports the education of over 100 junior medical staff, up to 60 medical students and 20 physician associate students. Dr Raman will lead on their clinical education and training needs and also help manage the role of Physician Associates at the Trust.
The George Eliot Hospital was one of the first in the country to employ ‘Physicians Associates’ across medical specialities and is seen at the forefront nationally for this innovative role. Dr Raman has spoken at National Conferences about the role which is now seeing interest from other Trusts, Corporate Companies and international organisations.
Dr Raman started his training in general medicine at University Hospital in Coventry and Warwickshire before higher specialist training in Gastroenterology and Medicine in Liverpool. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Royal College of Physicians. He is also Lead Clinician for GI Cancer at George Eliot Hospital.
Recently, he successfully completed the Nye Bevan Programme which is a National Programme for Executive Leadership in the NHS to help Trust Boards better meet operational challenges today and enable change for tomorrow.
Medical Director, Dr Gordon Wood said: “I am delighted to report that we have appointed Dr Sankara Raman as Director of Medical Education. I look forward to working with Sankara to further develop medical education at the George Eliot Hospital.”