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Executive Medical Director, Dr Gerrard Phillips

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Dr Gerrard Phillips has been a Consultant Physician and Respiratory Physician for more than 20 years. He took up his consultant post at Dorset County Hospital, England in 1994 and still works there full time in both respiratory medicine and internal medicine. He has held a number of leadership roles locally in Dorset, including Associate Medical Director and lung cancer site specific group chair. 

From 2014-2017 Gerrard was the Royal College of Physicians, London Vice President for Education and Training. During this time he contributed to national policy work on “Shape of Training” reforms and initiated and implemented the chief registrar programme. He has previously held the position of RCPL senior PACES examiner and oversaw the Diploma of Geriatric Medicine and the Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He was also Medical Director for CPD and Revalidation, and contributed to the Pearson review of revalidation for the GMC. Gerrard has been the Executive Medical Director of the Federation of the three UK Physician Royal Colleges since 2018. He leads and guides overarching strategy and policy implementation across the organisation.

Medical Director for Training and Development, Dr Mike Jones

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Dr Mike Jones is a Consultant Physician in Acute Medicine at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust having previously fulfilled this role in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh between 2006 and 2012 He was also Consultant Physician and Deputy Medical Director in NHS Tayside 1992-2006. His first consultant appointment was in 1992 as a Renal Physician. He is formerly Director of Training for the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) having previously also been Vice President.

He is a Past President of the Society for Acute Medicine and a founder member. He was central to guiding Acute Medicine to specialty status and inaugural chair of its Specialist Advisory Committee. He is National Clinical Lead for Acute and General Medicine in the Getting It Right First Time programme

Deputy Medical Director for Training and Development, Dr David Marshall

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David has most recently been the Chair of the Heads of Schools of Medicine, Associate Postgraduate Dean for Medicine & Head of School, NES and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Glasgow. 

He has been a consultant rheumatologist and acute medicine physician since 1993.

International Medical Director for Training and Development, Professor David Black

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Professor Black graduated from the University of Cambridge and has been a consultant physician in Geriatric Medicine since 1987. From 2004 to 2014 he was Dean Director of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery and was national Lead Dean for Medical Oncology, Clinical Oncology, Allergy, Stroke and Geriatric Medicine. He was awarded an honorary professorship in the Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2005.From 2011-2014, he was the elected Senior Censor and Vice-President for education and training for the Royal College of Physicians, previously an elected Councilor and Trustee and a MRCP examiner since 1999. 

Professor Black was Medical Director from 2014 to 2018 and led its role in the management of UK core, general and medical specialty training and recruitment. He provided clinical leadership on national educational policy and healthcare reform including quality, curricula, assessment, and standard setting for physicians. In 2016 was elected Co- Chair of the Academy of the Medical Royal Colleges Training Committee. In October 2018, he was appointed to the new post of Federation International Medical Director for Training and Development.

Deputy International Medical Director for Training and Development, Dr Alastair Miller

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Dr Alastair Miller was a Consultant Physician in the Tropical & Infectious Disease Unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and an Honorary Fellow at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine from 2005 until May 2014. Prior to Liverpool he was a Consultant in the West Midlands and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Infectious Disease at Birmingham University. Alastair trained in medicine at St John’s College Cambridge and Westminster Hospital and in infectious disease in the Royal Navy, Birmingham and London. He worked with the Royal Marines in Kurdistan after the first Gulf War and was a consultant and Professor of Medicine in the Royal Navy.

Alastair also has a particular interest in Medical Education. He chaired the Specialist Advisory Committee on Infectious Disease and Tropical Medicine for 6 years. He is on the Faculty of the Doctors as Educators programme and external examiner for the Leadership and Management programme at Edge Hill University. He has been an MRCP clinical examiner for over 10 years and has also been an examiner for the theory paper and for the DTM&H. He has been Deputy Medical Director since August 2013.

Medical Director for Assessment, Dr Stuart Hood

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Dr Stuart Hood has been a Consultant Cardiologist at NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde since 2000. He has been an examiner for MRCP(UK) for 15 years and was a member of the Cardiology Specialty Question Group from 2007-2012. He served as Director of Medical Examinations at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow from 2012-2016 and was then appointed Medical Secretary of the Clinical Examining Board in 2016 before taking the role of Associate Medical Director.

He has been a member of the PACES 2020 Implementation Group and is currently chairing the PACES 2020 Training and Communication workstream.

International Medical Director for PACES, Dr Tanzeem Raza OBE

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Dr Tanzeem Raza OBE was appointed as the new Federation International Medical Director for PACES in December 2022.

Dr Raza has wide-ranging experience in education and training, most recently as the secretary of the MRCP(UK) Part 2 Clinical Examining Board, as well as the Senior London Examiner for PACES. Prior to this, He previously worked as the Associate International Director for RCP London. He was one of the pioneer physicians to set up the new specialty of Acute Medicine in 1997.

Dr Raza is currently a Consultant Physician in Acute Medicine at Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK. He previously served as the Director of Medical Education for his hospital. He is also an honorary senior clinical lecturer with the University of Southampton and a visiting fellow with the Bournemouth University. 

Associate Medical Director for Clinical Exams, Dr Rod Harvey

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Dr Rod Harvey is a consultant Acute Medicine Physician and Endocrinologist working in Inverness, Scotland. He qualified in 1982 from the Universities of Oxford and Newcastle Upon Tyne and completed specialist training in Aberdeen. He was the Dean of Examinations at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for six years from 2017, a role in which he was responsible for the delivery of examinations provided by the College and the MRCP(UK) PACES in particular. He is an experienced PACES examiner having examined in excess of two thousand candidates both in the UK and overseas.

For five years from 2014 he held the position of Board Medical Director at NHS Highland during which time he studied quality improvement methodology and became a certified LEAN leader. As lead clinician for the Scottish National Diabetic Retinopathy screening programme he oversaw its implementation using digital retinal photography and the introduction of grading using automated image analysis.

Associate Medical Director for Written Examinations, Prof Albert Ferro

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Prof Albert Ferro studied Medicine at King’s College London (1978-1984), obtaining a 1st Class Honours intercalated BSc degree in Biochemistry along the way.

After qualifying, did his PhD in Clinical Pharmacology at Cambridge University. Since that time, his research and clinical interest have both focussed on the prevention and treatment of heart disease. He has been a Consultant Physician at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals in London since 1996, and was appointed Professor of Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacology at King’s College London in 2009.

He has previously served as Chair of the MRCP(UK) Part 1 Board for the previous five years and chaired the Royal College of Physicians Joint Specialty Committee on Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2011-2016). He is ex-Vice-President of the British Pharmacological Society (Clinical Section). He served as Chair of the London Cardiovascular Society between 2005 and 2009, of which he remains a committee member. 

Medical Director for CPD, Dr Adrian Jennings

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Dr Jennings is the Federation CPD clinical lead. He took up the role of Medical Director for CPD in November 2018. He graduated from the University of Bristol and has been a consultant physician in diabetes and endocrinology in Kings Lynn for 25 years, working part time for the last 3 years. Dr Jennings has been closely involved in education and training in King’s Lynn, at a regional level and also at a national level.

He worked as an associate postgraduate dean for 5 years, introducing foundation training in the eastern region. During that time he devised and led the introduction of the first fully funded deanery-wide preparation for professional practice programme for foundation trainees in the UK; the scheme was subsequently adopted nationally. He chaired the East of England Diabetes and Endocrinology Training Committee for 8 years. He has acted as a regional adviser for the Royal College of Physicians, London (2009-19) and as a College Censor (2015-18). He was an elected councillor for the Royal College of Physicians, London (2015-8) and was a Trustee Councillor until 2020. He is also an experienced PACES examiner.  He has been involved in organising and approving CPD for 10 years.