Dr Helen Fidler Lead

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.'

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Graduated from Sheffield University and is currently a Clinical Research Fellow in Gastroenterology based at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (STHFT). Alenka has a specialist interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and her current research is investigating young people living with IBD and their perceptions of illness whist transitioning from child to adult services, funded by Crohn's and Colitis UK. Alenka has undertaken a Leadership & Quality Improvement Fellowship where she trained as a Microsystem Coach, an executive coach and conceived a regional network; Sheffield Women in Medicine (SWiM). SWiM has over 400 members and employs 2 leadership fellows bringing together a unique collaboration of the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Sheffield, Yorkshire & Humber Health Education and STHFT to promote the careers to women in medicine regionally. In recognition of this transformational work, Alenka was awarded the Personal, Fair & Diverse Champion Individual Award by NHS Employers. She is a former chair of the Trainees Section of the British Society of Gastroenterology and has been awarded the President's Medal in 2014 for her contributions to the Society.
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