SuppoRTT Champions


What is a SuppoRTT Champion?  

Each employing trust within the South West region has a designated SuppoRTT Champion, whose role is to oversee the return-to-work process.  There are 19 hospital trust-based Champions, as well as one GP Champion for Peninsula and one GP Champion for Severn.  They are all hospital consultants/GPs working within the trust.  One of the roles of the SuppoRTT Champion is to liase with the unit/department, particularly the Clinical Lead, College or Specialty Tutor and the ES prior to a trainee’s return date, to highlight that the trainee is returning from a period of absence and additional support and enhanced supervision of the trainee is required during the return period.   Throughout the process, the trainee’s reviews will be with their educational supervisor, but if additional guidance or support is required, the SuppoRTT Champions are a fantastic resource.  They will have detailed knowledge of the local and regional resources available for return to training e.g. SuppoRTT mentoring scheme, return to training events such as one-day conferences and study days. They can also refer directly to their trust Occupational Health department and to the Professional Development Unit at HEE SW and will be instrumental in the new peer mentoring network that is being established.  


Peninsula SuppoRTT Champions

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 

Dr Jane Boydell  

SCJaneBoydellI'm the SuppoRTT champion for Cornwall Foundation Trust. I've worked as a consultant psychiatrist in adult psychiatry, in Cornwall, since 2012. Throughout my training I returned to work after maternity leave, round the world travel and after a MSc. In my free time I enjoy cooking and being walked by the latest addition to our family, a black Lab puppy.  I'm very keen to support others returning to work, whatever the circumstances.





Devon Partnership NHS Trust 

Dr Simona Brown 

SCSimonaBrownI have worked in the Peninsula for nearly ten years in various positions: staff grade, speciality trainee and old age psychiatry consultant. I worked part time and full time for periods of time. I experienced juggling work, maternity leave, exams with demands of clinical duties.

With the hindsight I felt that Katy Perry’s song ‘Wide awake’ kind of summed it up for me: ‘I wish I knew then what I know now’, yes hindsight makes a lot of difference. I welcome greatly the current initiative to improve junior doctors' experience and I feel committed to be part of.




Livewell Southwest 

Dr Ben Parker 

Dr Ben Parker PhotoI am the SuppoRTT Champion for Livewell Southwest. I am a consultant psychiatrist for Children and Adolescents and have worked in South Devon since 2016. Prior to that I completed my post-graduate training in London and since 2010, I have worked as an in-patient CAMHS consultant in London and Essex.

During my post-graduate training years (and pre-kids), I twice took time out of work to go travelling / working around the world. Before that I was at medical school in Bristol and I did both of my house jobs in Devon before going to Australia for two years.




Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust 

Dr Lotte Lindenbaum

Lotte LindenbaumI have worked in North Devon’s Emergency Department since 2005, previously a SAS doc and now as a consultant, having been through DIY CESR training. I’m also the ED staff wellbeing lead.

I have 3 kids, and first-hand experience of returning from 3 maternity leaves with subjectively bumpy returns to work and occasional imposter syndrome. I am very keen to support you if you are returning to work after more than 3 months out, and I expect you to contact me if I haven’t found you first! There is a great framework to help get you back in to work comfortably and safely, and together with your ES, we will guide you through it.

My interests are staff wellbeing, work-life balance and messing about outside. I am a part time mother, sailor, and sometimes doctor.



Peninsula General Practice Setting   

Dr Tim Davis  

SCTimDavisI am the GP Support Return to Training champion for the Peninsula and Severn regions, I work as a GP less than full time in South Devon. I work one session a week in this role onto of fitting work around a busy life at home with three small children. I’m passionate about trying to improve support for trainees and qualified doctors so that they can achieve a good work life balance and enjoy their career.  For more information tailored to support GP trainee's in the South West please click on the following link: SuppoRTT Guide for Primary Care GP Trainees in the South West





University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Dr Sarah Wimlett

Sarah WimlettMy name is Sarah and I am a consultant paediatric anaesthetist at Derriford as well as the University Hospitals Plymouth SuppoRTT champion. I am mum to 2 school age children, one of whom has additional needs. In addition to a longstanding interest in medical education, and supporting doctors in training, I am passionate about high quality healthcare for children. My interest in supporting trainees returning after a break stems from my own experiences coming back after maternity leave, something that  I found quite difficult.

Out of work I enjoy making things out of bits of fabric and yarn, and have recently taken up paddle boarding. I really look forward to helping doctors returning to training across UHP in my role as SuppoRTT champion.



Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust  

Dr Frances Keane

Frances Keane photoI’ve been a consultant in Sexual Health/HIV in Cornwall for many years and have also held senior clinical  management positions at the Trust.

During my time in Cornwall I have had several “returns”  from maternity leave and have 3 lovely boys who are all in full time education, 2 of whom are really grown up and “working very hard at university (!)”.    I’ve always enjoyed working with junior doctors and am keen to ensure that those retuning to work after a significant period away do so successfully and in as supported a way as possible. 

Outside of work, I love plants, walking on the glorious Cornish beaches and trying to learn Italian (extremely badly).



Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust    

Dr Joanne Webber

SCJoWebberI am a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust.  I have worked both as a trainee and a SAS doctor.  Over the years I have experienced the challenges of returning to work in numerous different ways, whether it be due to maternity leave, sick leave, or a change of speciality.  I am keen to do all I can to try and make the SuppoRTT process as useful and effective as possible so that you not only get back into work ok, but that you actually enjoy it!  Outside of work I juggle family life, the dog, our small-holding, and numerous half-finished DIY projects.  Left to my own devices I would be supremely happy with a good book!




Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust 

Dr Indranil Dey

SCIndranilDey v2I am Indra Dey, working as a Consultant Paediatrician at Torbay Hospital. My professional interests are in Paediatric Epilepsy and Eating disorders which are diverse fields and never lets me get bored. Having a teenager daughter and a 7-year-old boy at home can sometimes be helpful to understand behavioural basics of these populations at work!  Love movies and have tried singing in past when keyboard tapping noises become excruciating…

As a paediatrician, we have a large number of returning trainees in our specialty.  We hope that we will be able to offer a structured and a high quality return for trainees across all specialities in a way that will make the return exciting and safe for them as well as the patients they will look after.  We will be working closely with yourselves and your educational supervisors to make this process smooth. All the best of luck.



Severn SuppoRTT Champions

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust 

Dr Charlotte Boyer-Millar

SCCharlotteBoyer MillarI am a dual trained Psychiatrist who works as an Intellectual Disability Consultant in South Bristol. I work 80% and trained at 100%, 60% and 80% at different times. I am an educational supervisor for core and advanced trainees and am delighted to be part of this new programme to improve Dr’s return to practice – long overdue.  Outside of work I have a lively daughter, an even livelier kitten and a thankfully a less lively horse.






Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust  

Dr Sarah Greef 

SCSarahGreefI am the SuppoRTT Champion for Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust (formerly 2gether NHS Foundation Trust).  I am a General Adult Psychiatry Consultant working 3 days a week.  I started working less than full time during my training (from ST5) and have continued this in to work as a consultant. I am pleased to be involved in this new initiative to support trainees who are returning to work.







Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust   

Dr Leena Nathwani

Leena Nathwani imageI am Leena, a LTFT paediatric consultant working and living in Gloucestershire.   

I am passionate about improving support for doctors at all stages of their careers and the importance of achieving a healthy work/life balance.   

Outside of work I juggle family life and Margot, our miniature schnauzer.  On a good week I manage to fit in some yoga, swimming and catching up with friends.




Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Dr Jessica Daniel

SCJessicaDanielI currently work at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon as a Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV. I am the current Foundation Programme Director, having worked in the Foundation Programme since 2013.  I am a mentor and a coach. I have a lot of experience supporting trainees during difficult periods in their training helping them to achieve positive outcomes.  I qualified as a doctor in 2000 and so I have had experience of both the 'old style' and 'new style' of medical education and have been involved with implementing many of the more recent changes to training.

Personally I have had 2 periods out of training for maternity leave so I have first hand experience of managing returning to training and I am still  trying to achieve that perfect work - life balance!



Dr Bill McCrea  

SCBillMcCreaI am a consultant cardiologist in Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  I have previously been a Training Programme Director for The Severn Deanery and I am an Educational and Clinical supervisor to our cardiology trainees in Swindon. I have now been in a pastoral support role for almost a year. I enjoy teaching and advising junior doctors.






Miss Sarah Irby  

SCSarahIrby I am a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Great western Hospital in Swindon. My areas of interest are paeds orthopaedics and adult foot & ankle.

I am responsible for junior doctor support (along with Bill McCrea) in the hospital and also the new SuppoRTT Champion.







North Bristol NHS Trust 

Dr Curtis Whittle

SCCurtisWhittleMy name is Dr Curtis Whittle.  I’m a Consultant in Anaesthesia at Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust and the Foundation Programme Director for F1s, as well as an Educational Supervisor.  I am also Simulation Lead for my Department, Severn Foundation School and Bristol School of Anaesthesia. Through this role I have taken on the development and rolling out of the new simulation based ‘return to work’ courses for all trainees who have had an extended period off work for whatever reason, as part of the HEESW SuppoRTT initiative. 

Aside from that, I have 2 boys who adore their hockey and tolerate school, a new border-terrier puppy and an older golden retriever. Any spare time left is spent cycling, mountain biking, gardening or Sailing – especially the NHS Regatta!


Dr Rachel Fewkes

Rachel Fewkes 2I am consultant in Medicine for Older People at North Bristol NHS Trust based within the frailty unit at Southmead Hospital. I completed my higher training within several hospitals in the South West so know the region well. I have had two returns to work after a period of time away from clinical work both as a trainee and a consultant and so I’m well aware of the different challenges that trainees can face. I think taking time out of training, for whatever reason that may be, shouldn’t feel like a disadvantage and that it is important that trainees feel supported and valued upon their return. I am passionate about trainee well-being and support and welcome championing this within the SuppoRRT role.

In my free time I enjoy having outdoor adventures with my family, running and gardening.




Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust 

Dr Rebecca Mason

SCRebeccaMasonI am the Local SuppoRTT Champion for the Royal United Hospital Bath, as well as a LTFT Respiratory Consultant, working four days a week; Tuesday – Friday.  I live in Bath with my husband, daughter and son. I enjoy running and reading (when time allows!) and spending time outdoors with my family. Life is always busy and a juggling act but we wouldn’t have it any other way! 







Severn General Practice Setting       

Dr Tim Davis  

SCTimDavisI am the GP Support Return to Training champion for the Peninsula and Severn regions, I work as a GP less than full time in South Devon. I work one session a week in this role onto of fitting work around a busy life at home with three small children. I’m passionate about trying to improve support for trainees and qualified doctors so that they can achieve a good work life balance and enjoy their career.  For more information tailored to support GP trainee's in the South West please click on the following link: SuppoRTT Guide for Primary Care GP Trainees in the South West





Somerset Partnership / Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust  

Dr Smita Sinha 

Smita SinhaI am the SuppoRTT and LTFT champion for Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.  I have been an O&G Consultant here since 2018 and am also the College Tutor for O&G.

I completed my training in London in 2017 and during this time, for personal reasons had taken time out of program for a career break (OOPC) and then worked LTFT when I returned to training.   It is a relief to see that this challenging time of transition has since been formally recognised by HEE and I am delighted to now be a part of it!  I hope to be able to provide empathic and effective guidance, using my own experiences of overcoming various challenges I faced, as well as with the fantastic resources available through SuppoRTT.

When away from work, I thoroughly enjoy exploring Somerset with my husband! As a bit of a foodie, it has been very exciting to discover new places to eat and farm shops and we also love to go for walks in the nearby beautiful areas.



University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust 

Dr Samantha Milsom

SCSamanthaMilsomI am an Emergency Medicine Consultant working at the Children’s Emergency Department at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.  I am the SuppoRTT Champion for UHBT as a jobshare with Becky Thorpe.  I enjoy spending my time with my other half and our three young boys, Ernie, Alf and Doug, running them ragged in the outdoors.  Aims in life include a family trip to Lapland in the not too distant future and catching up on sleep! 







Weston General Hospital       

Miss Bee Martin

BeeI have worked in Weston for 17 years as a vascular surgeon and during that time I have held various educational roles working alongside our trainees and junior doctors. I understand the difficulties of juggling different roles and dealing with life events and the impact this can have on training and day to day life. I am delighted this has been recognised as an area where all of us can struggle and am pleased to help in any way I can to support our returning to work trainees.






Yeovil District Hospital 

Dr Katie Smith

SCKatieSmithI am a consultant gastroenterologist working in Yeovil District Hospital and enjoy all aspects of my job here. I am a unit tutor for 3rd year Bristol university students, an educational supervisor and have also supported a few trust grade junior doctors en-route to the formal training system.

I have 3 children and spend a lot of my spare time looking after horses and battling an overgrown garden.






If it is not clear to you who your designated Support Champion is, advice can be sought at