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Regional Specialty Professional Advisors (RSPAS)

RSPAs are the link between the Specialty Associations and the College appointed post of Director of Professional Affairs (DPAs) and include partnerships with the Schools of Surgery Deaneries and the Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs).

The aim of the new scheme is to provide a unified local and national voice for surgery in relation to service provision and professional issues through two way feedback from the regions to College Council and the Specialty Associations. More importantly, it should provide individual surgeons with help through the revalidation process.

For each region (based on SHA boundaries) there will be one Director of Professional Affairs with a committee made up of an RSPA for each SAC defined specialty.

You can see more information regarding these posts here

For a job description and a list of dates of PAB meetings, along with a guide to College regional structure see the RSPA document page.


Region RSPA Term of office
East Midlands Mr Shailinder Singh (Nottingham) 08/10/2017
East of England Mr Ashish Minocha (Norwich) 09/02/2018
London Professor Mark Davenport (London) 08/12/2017
North East Mr Gareth Hosie (Newcastle) 08/12/2017
North West Mr Basem Khalil 10/12/2020
South Central Mr Henrik Steinbrecher (Southampton) 10/12/2020
South East Coast Professor Mark Davenport (London) 08/12/2017
South West Miss Eleri Cusack (Bristol) 11/09/2017
West Midlands Mr Dakshesh Parikh 09/07/2015
Yorkshire and the Humber Mr Mark Powis (Leeds) 01/01/2021
Wales Mr Raju Surana (Cardiff) 09/09/2018
Northern Ireland Miss Majella McCullagh (Belfast) 09/03/2019