The steps above should be completed at least 6 months before you intend to leave your training programme. On return you are required to submit a summary of your experience to the RCoA for them to verify any experience that you wish to count towards the CCT. An ARCP will be scheduled after your return date to ensure that any OOP time has been appropriately assessed. We encourage any trainee who has completed a OOP to consider submitting a report for the School of Anaesthesia Geoff Clark Annual Award.
The Geoff Clark Award
This prestigious award was initiated by the Welsh School of Anaesthesia to acknowledge the enormous contribution to anaesthetic training by the late Dr Geoff Clark.
Geoff played a central role in the setting up of the Welsh School of Anaesthesia in 1996. As the first Training Programme Director, his meticulous planning and commitment to the highest standards over many years set strong foundations for today's training scheme. Many past and present trainees have paid tribute to Geoff's many qualities and have highlighted the efforts he took to accommodate individual needs. In particular, we all remember Geoff's sparkling sense of humour. The inaugural award was presented by Geoff's sister, Lizzie Cambray, to Dr Owen McIntyre on 13th January 2011 as the very first recipient.
The award will be presented annually to the anaesthetic trainee who has achieved the most value from a period of out of programme training or experience (OOPT/E). Reports on OOPT/E should be submitted to the Programme Director by the end of September each year (maximum one side of A4, minimum font size of 12). The reports will be considered anonymously and ranked by the STC membership, including all trainee representatives. The winner of the award will be invited to a presentation on the day of the January Specialty Training Committee when they will be expected to give a short presentation on their OOPT/E.
Dr Geoff Clark Award Winners
- 2024 - Dr Kat Shelley ST5, for inspiring many trainees and trainers with work achieved whilst out of programme
- 2023 - Dr Jaiker Vora, ST6, Welsh Clinical Leadership Fellow
- 2022 - Dr Ellie Powell, ST5, Perioperative Medicine Fellowship, UCLH London
- 2021 - Dr Crawford Deane, ST6, Sydney HEMS, Australia
- 2020 - Dr Matt Creed, ST6, South West PHEM fellow, Bristol
- 2019 - Dr Will Packer, ST7, following developing world anaesthesia training module in Zambia
- 2018 - Dr Thomas Kitchen, ST5, Welsh Clinical Leadership Fellow
- 2017- Dr Agnieska Ganska, ST6, Burns and Plastics Fellowship, Brisbane
- 2016 - Dr Laura Jackson, ST7, Sydney HEMs, Australia
- 2015 - Dr Lowri Bowen, ST7, following her experiences working in Zambia.
- 2014 - Dr Cat Cromey, ST6, following her teaching fellowship in Perth, WA
- 2013 - Dr Louise Webster, ST6, following her training in retrieval medicine in Sydney
- 2012 - Dr Ami Jones, ST6, detailing her experiences of military anaesthesia in Camp Bastion, Arghanistan
- 2011 - Dr Owen McIntyre, ST6, following his training in simulation medicine in Perth