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I initially trained in dermatology in India and I have been working as a SAS doctor in Dermatology at Milton Keynes university hospital for the last 10 years. I am currently working as an Associate Specialist and as an acting consultant and clinical lead for
Dermatology at Milton Keynes University hospital. I qualified in Medicine from India in 1995 and subsequently did a postgraduate diploma in dermatology followed by MD in dermatology.
My special interest is in skin cancer surgery mainly over the head and neck and I also practice general dermatology. I love my job as an associate specialist which gives me an opportunity to be independent and also has helped me to take charge of my own professional development over the years. My current role as a clinical lead has been quite challenging and has given me an excellent opportunity and valuable experience in clinical management.

I have been a member of the BAD SAS subcommittee for the last 2 years and proud of the work that we do. Working for the subcommittee has given me a chance to contribute towards raising the awareness about the SAS grade and the excellent work we do and I would continue to strive towards supporting my colleagues in their career progression.


I started my professional career as a job sharing GP, but had an interest in dermatology at the outset doing 2 sessions a week as a Clinical Assistant for 5years.
In 1999 I swapped to a full time secondary care post as a Staff Grade, which was regraded into an Associate Specialist post in 2002.
I have found the SAS role very rewarding as it allows me to be heavily involved in direct patient care without getting bogged down by bureaucracy.

I am a clinical lead in the patch testing & phototherapy service in my department and have also been involved in numerous committees nationally including: the SAS subcommittee of the BAD; the dermatology council for Wales; the Welsh dermatology forum phototherapy subcommittee of the BAD; and the conference & events committee of the BAD, for which I am SAS representative. The latter role commenced following the initiation of the pre-conference SAS educational session, which is growing in strength. I have been involved with the organisation of the Clinical Dermatology Update (CDU) for SAS doctors since its inception and am very proud of the continued success of this conference in its tenth anniversary year.
Currently I am co-opted onto the BAD SAS subcommittee to report on the educational content of the aforementioned National educational programmes for SAS doctors.

I would strongly urge you to become involved with the committees work, should the opportunity arise, as it is does allow you to make a difference and adds another dimension to your career.

Dr Asha Rajeev  ( SAS committee website co-ordinator) 

I qualified as a dermatologist by completing three years M.D in Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy at Trivandrum Medical College, Kerala, India, 1996-1999. Since then I had further training as a cosmetic dermatologist at Bangalore, India for one and a half years. I successfully completed the Dip. N.B exam in 2001. After working as a general physician for 2 years, I was appointed as a Senior lecturer in dermatology at Medical College, Calicut. I came to England in 2006, completed my MRCP and joined as a speciality doctor in dermatology at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation trust. I am currently the audit lead and interim phototherapy lead for the department in addition to my 10 PA job. I joined the BAD SAS sub-committee last year as one of my colleagues had to retire. I have found this group very inspiring, attentive to the changes happening in our Dermatology world and working hard to get our rights. As a member of this sub-committee (in charge of web site), I am able to understand the problems we face as SAS doctors and able to mentor the newly appointed SAS colleagues in my department.

D Rajeev has been successful with her CESR application and currently works as a Consultant at East Kent hospitals NHS trust. She is the Consultant representative within the SAS committee. 

Dr Marcia Davis

I qualified as a Dermatologist in Brazil in 1994, where I worked till 2000, and then in 2011 and 2012.

I worked as a Medical researcher in Australia for 12 years, mostly in skin cancer, where I successfully obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Queensland (UQ). I also worked as a Course Coordinator for the Masters Diploma in Skin Cancer for GPs at the UQ. I have a number of published works in medical journals as co-author.

I moved to England in early 2017 and I have been working as a Specialist Doctor in Dermatology since then, at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital Trust.

I have been an associate member of BAD since 2018 and attend scientific meetings to keep up to date with the developments and challenges of the specialty.

I was appointed a member of the SAS committee earlier this year and I look forward to contribute my academic and dermatology skills to the professional development of SAS dermatologists.


Dr Saliya Weeraman

I am working as a specialty doctor in dermatology at East Kent University Hospitals. I am conducting general dermatology, skin cancer, surgery and paediatric clinics in Kent and Canterbury hospital and William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. 
I worked as specialty Registrar, locum consultant and specialty doctor in dermatology in the UK for about 5 years prior to accept this substantive post in Kent. 
I trained in Sri Lanka and worked as a consultant dermatologist for about two years.
I am an associate member of BAD and regularly attend courses and workshop to keep up to date with the developments of the specialty.
I am a trust appraiser in the East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust. I also engaged in teaching medical students, GP trainees.

I am happy to involve in getting more opportunities for professional development of SAS doctors. 



Dr Hannah Bennett

I work in Leeds Teaching Hospitals as a specialty doctor in Dermatology having completed a Diploma in Clinical Dermatology at QMUL.  I am currently being supported in a “prospective CESR” training post.  My main interests are skin cancer and dermatological surgery, as well as medical education.

I qualified as a dentist before studying medicine and training in Oral & Maxillofacial surgery.  I then qualified as a GP, working as a GP extended role in ENT as well as a specialty doctor in Dermatology, before committing to Dermatology full time.  

I have joined the sub-committee beacuse I want to get involved and help promote and support progression of th SAS doctor role, as well as share and develop my experiences encounterred of the ever evolving CESR pathway.



Dr Marjan Shah

I did my medical graduation from Pakistan in 2003 and after completing my Masters in Clinical Dermatology degree from Kings College London in 2008, I started working as a SAS doctor in Dermatology Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and Milton Keynes University Hospital.

In 2017 I joined the Buckinghamshire NHS Trust as a Speciality Doctor to develop my interest  in Paediatric dermatology and Allergy which I am enjoying so far and now plan on pursuing this further.

SAS doctors form a large  and significant part of NHS workforce and they have the potential to develop their skills if they are acknowledged and encouraged by their trust and colleagues. I joined the SAS subcommittee in 2018 as I would like to contribute in raising awareness of developing skills and career progression.


Dr Ava Lee

After achieving a BSc and MSc in Biomedical Sciences and a brief career in retail, I graduated from Imperial College London in 2010 with my medical degree.  I’ve worked in dermatology since 2013 with 4 months experience as an SHO during my Core Medical Training programme, 1.5 years as a Clinical Fellow and now currently a Specialty Doctor at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

I work with 9 consultants and 1 nurse consultant in a department with 2 locum consultants and 1 specialty doctor interested in submitting CESR applications.  I am fortunate to be working in a very supportive and encouraging department who will do what they can to accommodate the necessary experiences and skills training required for successful career progression.  I am very passionate in supporting others in education and training and would like to help enhance the recognition of the contributions specialty doctors, staff and associate specialists provide in the current dermatology workforce.  My motivation for joining the SAS sub-committee is to be more involved, to gain invaluable insight on current challenges faced by SAS doctor and to share my experiences, thoughts and ideas in overcoming these challenges.  

Dr Fareeha Faisal

After graduating from University of the Punjab, Pakistan in 2002, I came to UK and then finished part time Foundation programme and GP training in UHMBT.

During that time, I realised that there was lack of training opportunities related to dermatology especially in the community. This not only increases challenges and inappropriate referrals to secondary care but also affects the relationship between patients, GPs and secondary care team. This gap increased my curiosity to learn more about the speciality in depth and helped me to formulate my dermatology journey. I started Minor Ops and community dermatology clinics and developed further interest. I completed my Post graduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology through Queen Mary University of London and also applied for Associate Specialist post in Lancaster in 2017.This provided further clarity in pursuing my dream and passion to be a dermatologist. I then resigned from my GP contractual post. 

Currently I am actively involved in shaping GPwSI in Dermatology setup for our Trust to increase dermatology related teaching and training in primary care. I am also in the middle of setting up Botox clinics in our department for hyperhidrosis. My special interest is in skin cancer surgery along with paediatric dermatology.

I joined SAS subcommittee earlier this year and hope to support and help SAS doctors with issues related to service contract and job planning specifically. I am also part f the CESR workstream to help and support SAS doctors  on CESR route. 



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