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Regional Specialty Professional Advisors (RSPAs)

The RSPA sits on the local Regional Board and supports the work of the Board by providing
specialty input into local NHS decision-making about service provision within the region,
ensuring consistency and maintenance of standards through approval of consultant and
specialty doctor job plans and providing professional advice and signposting for surgeons in
difficulty. The formal role of the RSPA in revalidation is yet to be defined and may include
advising surgeons on revalidation requirements and signposting appropriate sources of
guidance and support.

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

Click here to view the RSPA Job Description.

You can see more about the role of RSPAs in regard to job descriptions here. If you are interested in applying for any of the vacant posts, please contact [email protected].


Region RSPA Term of office
East Midlands Mr Ashok Rajimwale (Leicester) 24/10/2021
East of England Mr Adil Aslam (Cambridge) 24/10/2021
London Professor Mark Davenport (London)  29/01/2023
North East Mr Hany Gabra (Newcastle) 24/10/2021
North West Vacant
South Central Mr Michael Stanton (Southampton)  29/01/2023
South East Coast Professor Mark Davenport (London) 29/01/2023
South West Vacant
West Midlands Vacant
Yorkshire and the Humber Mr Mark Powis (Leeds) 01/01/2021
Wales Miss Aruna Abhyankar 01/02/2022
Northern Ireland Mr Isaac Philip (Belfast)


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