Dr Melanie Lockett did her Gastroenterology training on the North West Thames Specialist Registrar rotation in London. She did her MD research 'Hyperplastic polyposis, serrated polyps and the serrated colorectal cancer pathway' with Prof Wendy Atkin at the Cancer Research UK laboratory at St Mark's Hospital, Middlesex.
Since her appointment as a Consultant in 2005, Dr Lockett has developed her interests in luminal gastroenterology, endoscopy, nutrition and training and is the lead clinician for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and nutrition as well as the Gastroenterology Specialty Tutor at Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust. She is a bowel cancer screening colonoscopist for the Bristol & Weston Bowel Cancer Screening Centre. Dr Lockett was the Gastroenterology Training Programme Director to the Severn Deanery from 2008 to 2013 and is the deputy chair of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) Training Committee, as well the BSG workforce lead.
'I have not been lucky enough to have a formal mentor throughout my career, but over the years there have been various peers, as well as doctors senior to me, who I have asked for careers guidance. This has enabled me to continue to develop my career, often in unexpected directions, and to push myself to take on new challenges The SWiG mentoring scheme is a great idea and will benefit mentors & mentees alike, helping them to achieve their full potential.'