Meet the Welsh Clinical Leadership Fellows


Laura Potts

Dr Laura Potts is a Paediatric Registrar and Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She grew up in South Wales and moved to Devon to study Medicine, graduating from Peninsula Medical School in 2011. Laura returned to Wales for her postgraduate training and is planning to pursue a career in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine.

Laura developed an interest in quality improvement, education and leadership whilst creating a guideline for the management of children with acute asthma, which is currently in use in a number of hospitals across South Wales. During her fellowship she will be working to improve sepsis care in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

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Sara Long

Dr Sara Long attended Oxford University, gaining a BA in Medical Sciences in 2005 and BMBCh in 2008 before moving to Wales to take up a Foundation post. She gained MRCP in 2013 and is now training in Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine, where she is developing a special interest in Orthogeriatrics and Surgical Liaison. Over the last two years Sara has been the trainee representative for WeGeN, the Welsh Geriatric Registrar-Led Research Network and is looking forward to carrying on her administration role alongside starting work as a Clinical Leadership Training Fellow from August 2017

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Richard Ellis

Dr Rick Ellis is an anaesthetic registrar currently working with Aneurin Bevan Continuous Improvement Department at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. He graduated from Birmingham medical school in 2008 with his medical degree and a Biomedical Sciences degree specialising in Epidemiology, Public Health and Research Methodology. During these years he led and published two research studies relating to colorectal cancer. He completed his Foundation training in Birmingham City and Worcester hospitals. In 2010 and 2011 Rick worked with the Emergency and Intensive Care Departments in Christchurch, New Zealand. During the February 2011 earthquake he led and managed a triage centre in a peripheral hospital and was rewarded by a national philanthropist.

On returning to the UK Rick organised and led a charity cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats for 14 cyclists raising £15,000 for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal and International Red Cross. In 2012 he moved to Wales to train in anaesthesia. Since then he founded the Welsh Anaesthetic Shadowing Program for Foundation Trainees and Medical Students.

He is specifically interested in obstetric anaesthesia, peri-operative medicine and regional anaesthesia. His para-clinical interests include medical leadership, medical education, risk management and non-technical skills. When not working Rick enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is also a keen cyclist, enjoys skiing, swimming and running.

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Kathryn James

Dr Kathryn James grew up in South Wales before attaining her Medical Degree from the University of Birmingham, graduating in 2010 with Honours. On completion of Foundation Training, Kathryn travelled to Teule Hospital, Tanzania where she led and implemented a Pain Management Campaign. Kathryn returned to Wales to commence Anaesthetic Training in 2013 and has completed her Intermediate Training, developing a specialist interest in Obstetric Anaesthesia. Kathryn is looking forward to participating in the Welsh Clinical Leadership Fellowship scheme from August 2017.

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Kevin Kelly

Dr Kevin Kelly is an Anaesthetic Registrar and a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Originally from Belfast, he graduated from Queens University in 2001 with a Masters in Pharmacy and worked in hospital pharmacy at the Royal Victoria Hospital.  He then went on to study medicine in Liverpool and graduated in 2010 with Honours.

He completed his foundation training in Liverpool, before moving to North Wales to undertake ACCS Anaesthetics and then Anaesthetics speciality training. Kevin has won an award for a quality improvement project on improving safety when transferring from theatre to recovery and presented this work at the AABGI Annual Congress 2015.


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Rebecca Broomfield

Dr Rebecca Broomfield grew up in Southampton before gaining a Bacherlor of Science in Physiology with honours from Cardiff University in 2006. She then completed a medical degree with Swansea University, graduating in 2010. She completed her Foundation Training in South Wales and then chose to specialise in Paediatrics. She has completed her Membership of the Royal Collegue of Paediatrics and Child Health and is currently working as an ST5. Rebecca has been a key member in the introduction of the Paediatric Early Warning System at the Royal Gwent Hospital.  She has a special interest in Emergency Medicine and plans to apply for GRID training within Paediatrics  on completion of her core training. Rebecca has taken two breaks in training for maternity leave and lives with her husband and two young children in South Wales. She is a keen runner and has previously taken part in the Cardiff half marathon, she enjoys spedning time with her family and her favourite place is Ogmore Beach.  She is looking forward to completing her project:  Clinical Leadership within Medical Education - Developing a multi-disciplinary integrated clinical skills and simulation model within Cardiff and Vale as part of the Welsh Clinical Leadership Fellowship scheme 2017.

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Liesbeth Beeckman

Dr Liesbeth Beeckman graduated from medical school in 2005 and qualified as an anaesthetist in 2010, both in Leuven, Belgium. She moved to the UK in 2010. She initially practiced as an anaesthetist and started intensive care training in 2013. She has long had an interest in medical education and has worked as a simulation fellow in Stevenage, Oxford and London, focusing on the role of human factors and non-technical skills in patient safety. Through her work in education, Liesbeth developed an interest in system resilience, quality improvement and management. 

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Summia Zaher

Dr Summia Zaker was born in Manchester to a family of doctors, it was a matter of time before she was recruited in to the family business. Along with her twin sister, she ‘discovered’ Dundee, the city of discovery and became the youngest medical students in our cohort. Su graduated with the Margaret Fairlie prize in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and a strong impression left by her undergraduate professor of O&G, who surely is to be credited for helping her on my path to a career in O&G and igniting her interest and passion for medical education. A strong believer in the power that a good teacher can have on the lifelong future of a young student, from very early on in her career, Su took an interest in teaching junior colleagues and students.

Su's education at Dundee stood her in good stead for her unusual journey in clinical medicine. Never being one for staying inside the ‘box’, Su took a slightly unusual break from practicing clinical medicine to not only achieve a medical doctorate at Imperial College, but also to become clinical manager of a private medical unit, offering a novel treatment which she had been researching for the past 4 years to patients. I Su gained a real insight into the complexities of adopting a new technology into the NHS. She went back into clinical practice joining the South East of Scotland Deanery. It wasn’t long before She developed itchy feet again and transferred deaneries to Wales to follow her dream of combining two interests of obstetrics with medical education, taking up the post of Clinical Lecturer with Cardiff university attaining the diploma in Medical Education.  Currently at ST7 level, Su continues to be someone who constantly pushes the boundaries and seek to further challenge herself by becoming a WCTLF.

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Dafydd Williams

Dr Dafydd Williams grew up on Ynys Môn before attending the University of Nottingham medical school.  He undertook paediatric training and ACCS before gaining experience as a paediatric intensive care fellow.  Subsequently he has returned to North Wales, gained further experience in Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Care before commencing specialist training in Intensive Care Medicine in Wales.  Dafydd is passionate about Wales, and enjoys sailing and climbing in his spare time.  He has also joined the Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue team.  He is looking forward to the challenge of effecting change at BCUHB regarding the escalation of unwell patients, and hopefully learning a third language: management!

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For further information on The Welsh Clinical Leadership Training Fellowship Programme please contact Lisa Bassett.


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