Advancing paediatric surgery through education and research

Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC)

Chair: Milind Kulkarni

Paediatric surgery is one of nine surgical specialties recognised within the UK and Ireland, each with its own SAC. This plays a key role in the development of postgraduate surgical training in the UK and Ireland and works to ensure that the training programme covers all aspects essential to train someone to the level of a day one consultant.







What Is The SAC Responsible For?

  • The surgical curriculum in line with the GMC’s “Excellence by design: standards for postgraduate curricula and the Generic professional capabilities framework”.
  • National selection and recruitment processes for core and specialty training entry.
  • Quality management and quality improvement of specialty training through a network of SAC Liaison Members (LMs)
  • Providing LMs at ARCP panels & appeals and at Specialty Training Committee (STC)
  • Advising on overseas doctors’ applications for Specialist Register via the CESR route.

How Do I Join?

Vacancies are advertised regularly in the BAPS newsletter and on the website. Normally members are expected to serve for about 3-5 years and are usually well-established consultants with experience of regional ARCPs etc.


Current Composition of SAC (Dec. 2020)

Name Representing Liaison Region
Liam McCarthy

[Incoming Milind Kulkarni]

Chair Scotland


Mr M Shenoy Vice Chair & BAPU Birmingham, Bristol & Cardiff


Mr A Aslam National Selection Lead Yorkshire, East Midlands and Northern (secondary)
Mr A Dick CESR Lead Yorkshire, East Midlands and Northern


Mr M Flett E logbook Lead Belfast & Republic of Ireland


Mr H Gabra QA Lead Scotland
Prof P Johnson Academic Lead Birmingham, Bristol & Cardiff


Mr S Marven London & South East


Ms F McAndrew Bullying and Harassment Lead Belfast & Republic of Ireland


Ms A McCabe Simulation Lead Mersey & North West


Mr S Motiwale London & South East


Mr A Rajimwale ISCP/Curriculum Lead London & South East (Lead)
Mr M Jobson Trainee Representatives
Ms K Smith
Ms E Cusick Chair of Exam Board for Paediatric Surgery
Mr M Haddad BAPS President 
Ms S Hassett RCS Ireland Representative 
Ms S Kaufmann Lead Postgraduate Dean  



Curated by Mark Davenport

January 2021