Welcome to the Yorkshire and Humber Trainee Forum

The influential voice for trainees:  Ensuring doctors & dentists in training in the region are fairly, equitably and transparently represented.
We aim to drive improvements in quality of education and training, well-being and support.

Exciting News! We have currently formed the Trainee Executive Forum, which is comprised of 12 members.

We are now accepting applications of interest to the Wider Trainee Forum (TF)....Please join us and get your voice heard-application forms are in the documents section below. 


The Trainee Forum provides an opportunity for all trainees in the Yorkshire and Humber region to offer feedback, share ideas for ways to improve training, and raise any concerns regarding the quality of their education and training and experience as a trainee in the region.

The Forum's purpose is to improve the trainee experience across the region for every trainee. The Forum is chaired and run by trainees in direct contact with the Postgraduate Dean. Trainee representatives in the wider forum are self-nominated or elected from within their School/Locality to represent the views of all trainees in their school and locality.

Meetings for the Trainee Executive Forum run on a monthly basis. Meetings for the Wider Trainee Forum run on a quarterly basis- the first of these meetings will take place on 2nd November 2021...

Getting involved is a springboard to other exciting opportunities on other committees, as well as creating change, meeting new people, and enhancing management and leadership skills.



Please refer to the Terms of Reference in the Documents section.


We are excited to announce the launch of the Wider Forum. 

Everyone is welcome! However, there are some responsibilities of the role. Please refer to the Job Description for information regarding expectations.  

Applications are on a non - competitive basis, but we are looking for enthusiastic individuals, with a passion for improving experience for trainees across the region.

Please click the links below in documents for details on how to apply to the wider forum, and a description of the role. 

UPCOMING VACANCIES ON THE EXECUTIVE FORUM: There are no vacancies on the executive forum right now... But please consider joining the Wider Trainee Forum

Submitting your application to the WIDER FORUM:  Please email annabelle.carter@hee.nhs.ukand follow the instructions on the documents below.



If yes, please complete the questionnaire, linked here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=K5Gn_5ewMUGcD9DoB1Wyq9G1kp6-iOZBiXrO6NumRPJUMzJGVTVRRFYyODU3RktDU0RGSEU4U05INi4u

As the Trainee Forum, we want to act as a bridge between trainees and HEE management. The questionnaire responses will get checked on a regular basis, and we will try to answer on a bi-monthly basis. Responses will be answered and uploaded onto the website. Please note if you wish to remain anonymous it may affect our ability to answer a query fully. 

Contact InformationIf you would like to join the Trainee Forum, or would like more information or just want to raise an issue/add an agenda item to the next TEF meeting, please email us at: annabelle.carter@hee.nhs.uk

Who We Are - Meet The Trainee Executive Forum Members

Annabelle Carter - Chair of the Forum 


Hi I’m Annabelle. I am currently a fellow on the future leaders 12 month programme with an interest in pursuing better trainee engagement. I am a senior registrar in Paediatric Dentistry based at the Leeds Dental Institute and Bradford Community Dental Services. I spent my early years in training in Manchester and Bristol.  As chair of the trainee forum, I am keen to help shape the forum to be a place for trainees to have their voice heard, share ideas, facilitate open lines of communication between HEE and trainees: all for a positive and supportive training experience in Yorkshire.  

Alexandra Damazer - East Locality Lead


I’m Alex and I am a Paediatric ST7 and have been based in York throughout paediatric training.  

As locality lead of the forum I am passionate about trainee wellbeing, inclusivity and flexible training (including less than full time working), and advocating for trainees across the region. My leadership project as part of the leadership fellow year I undertook last year has allowed me to focus on flexible training at foundation level and I am particularly keen to ensure that trainees at all levels, including those just starting their careers, have a voice within the forum.  

Outside of work I am a very keen baker (all meetings are better with cake!) and enjoy outdoor swimming whenever possible.  

Lauren Harkin - Less Than Full Time Lead


I’m Lauren, an Acute Medicine Registrar in West Yorkshire. Originally from a wee place called Donegal in Ireland- I came to the UK in 2005 for medical school and have been training in Yorkshire since 2012. I have had two amazing children during my training and now work less than full time (LTFT). I have a special interest in medical education- especially postgraduate training and I have completed the postgraduate diploma in medical education. I am a huge advocate for simulation and human factors training.   

I joined the forum to highlight the role of HEE to trainees and to improve communication between both parties so they can work together to improve the training experience and make our region the best place to work and train. I am the LTFT lead and feel passionate about being a voice for LTFT trainees so they can offer feedback or ideas and raise concerns about their education and training.  

Outside of medicine I enjoy running, skiing, holidays, shopping and getting back to Ireland when I can.  

Lucy McCabe - Quality Lead


I’m an ST5 in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, working within West Yorkshire. I have an interest in Quality Improvement and patient safety and I am the Quality Lead for the Forum. I have previously been involved with projects to improve Junior Doctor engagement and well-being at a Trust level and am passionate about ensuring that we’re able to achieve our potential within our training programmes. I joined the Trainee Forum to help establish a two-way conversation between trainees and HEE to overall improve our experience and training. 

Nick Weatherley - South Locality Lead


I am a NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine and Honorary Specialist Registrar. I have lived and worked in Sheffield since 2003, training and working in the Yorkshire and Humber region throughout. I am the South Yorkshire locality representative on the HEE Trainee Forum Executive. I am keen to use my role on the forum to improve communication and links between HEE and trainees and in the process give trainees more of a voice in how their training is organised. 
Opeoluwa Adeniran - Equality and Diversity Leadscreen_shot_2021-04-30_at_18.02.47.png My name is Opeoluwa A. Adeniran and I am currently a CT3 in Psychiatry, Leeds and York Partnership NHS foundation trust and based in Leeds. I have experienced a supportive and progressive training environment and it’s amazing the depth of character forged in psychiatry. I am one of two equality and diversity reps with the HEE Y&H forum and I joined this forum because I was drawn to the opportunity to know more about HEE from the “inside”, explore what HEE has to offer and be a part of a platform that helps others also do the same. 
Pete Webster - Academic Leadscreen_shot_2021-04-30_at_18.05.49.png I am a General Surgery Registrar currently working at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.  “Yorkshire born and bred”, I have rotated through the majority of hospitals within the Yorkshire deanery during my training.  I have also completed a lab-based PhD during a formal “out of program research” period. As the Academic Lead on the Trainee Forum I am keen to address the issues that academic trainees face whilst also encouraging and promoting research within the region. 

Rammina Yassaie - Employers Lead


I am a GPST2 on the Harrogate VTS Scheme having also previously worked as a Paediatric trainee in West Yorkshire. I joined the Trainee Executive Forum as the Employers Lead as I have been a longstanding advocate for improving working conditions for junior doctors. I am very familiar with the pressing issues that trainees face in their workplaces having worked as a Local Negotiating Committee BMA Representative for over a decade across various hospital trusts in Yorkshire. I am also the North Representative for the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management’s Trainee Steering Group and in turn passionately champion the improvement of leadership opportunities for doctors in training. 

Sidra Chaudhry - Equality and Diversity Lead



Hi, I’m Sidra. I’m a dual specialty General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry registrar training in South Yorkshire. As a third culture kid and an international medical graduate, I take pride in my background and am passionate about making the training experience inclusive and empowering for trainees across the Yorkshire and Humber region.  

Joining the Trainee Executive Committee as Equality and Diversity Representative has given me the wonderful opportunity to become a small building block in the bridge connecting the HEE with trainees. It has also allowed me to network with amazing trainees from other disciplines to brainstorm ways to make the training experience more fulfilling. When not working, I enjoy photography and creative writing. And this may seem strange, but I’m not a great fan of tea or coffee! 

Stuart Stokes - Incoming South Locality Lead


West Locality Lead




Well-Being & Support Lead: Sana Fatima


I am a Higher Trainee in General Adult Psychiatry based in North and West Yorkshire. Having worked extensively in the region developing Wellbeing Programs for Foundation Trusts, I joined TEF as Trainee Health and Wellbeing Lead. In my current Leadership Fellowship with HEEYH, I am leading the project developing Professional and Wellbeing Support (PAWS) for doctors and dentists in training in Yorkshire and Humber. My journey thorough countries and cultures, having experienced peaks and trough of being almost a citizen of the world, being affiliated with several international healthcare set ups continues to further my vision and perspective, and helped me develop a unique and in-depth sensitivity to miscellany & multiplicity of people and presentations. I am keen to apply this to wider considerations around intricate trainee health and wellbeing needs as we strive to endorse authentic equality, equity, and inclusivity.

My passion for workforce h&wb is paralleled by my interest in medical education and learning, through experiences, interactions, and storytelling and have recently completed my PG Diploma in Med Ed. I am a mother to a very demanding 3-year-old, and recently discovered I am a celiac so l am on a perpetual prowl for gluten free recipes and restaurants

Secretary: Maria Crouch 


Currently a Future leadership programme fellow working on the development of blackboard for virtual education. I am ST6 in obstetrics & gynaecology by background and have observed lots of challenges and difficulties for trainees across specialties through previous roles within JDFs. I feel passionately about improving the relationship between HEE and trainees inparticualr the transparency of what HEE does, their agenda and their role in supporting doctors training. I joined the executive forum with the hope that I can help give trainees a voice and work alongside HEE in focusing on areas that the trainees care most about, in particular supporting wellbeing and understanding the reason for high attrition rates in certain specialities. I hope to be a voice for those that feel they aren’t listened to.

Vice Chair: Sara Page



Vice Chair: Hussain Sarwar


Hi, I am Hussain. I am currently an Internal Medicine Trainee Year 2 working in Leeds Teaching Hospitals.  I have worked in different regions until now and now hoping to stay in Yorkshire and Humber long term. I am an International Medical Graduate, having moved to United Kingdom in 2018. I have worked across different specialities, including Emergency Medicine and Acute Medicine, understanding the challenges faced by different teams. My goal for working in Trainee Forum is to bridge the gap across all speciality trainees and to pursue further inclusion of International Medical Graduates in training programs. I want to focus my time to promote trainee wellbeing and bringing about changes which make a difference!


Meetings (Past and Future) and Minutes
MEETING DATE Executive or Wider Forum Minutes Link
2nd March 2021 2-5pm Executive  Meeting Minutes
26th April 2021 2-5pm Executive Meeting Minutes
19th May 2021 9-12am Executive Meeting Minutes
21st June 2-5pm Executive Meeting Minutes
20th July 9-12 am Executive Meeting Minutes
22nd Sept 9-12am Executive  
19th October 1.30pm Executive Meeting Minutes
2nd November Wider TEF Meeting Meeting Minutes
30th November 9-12 Executive  


Forum Projects & Work-in-Progress

We want to keep trainees informed about all the projects, initiatives, and behind the scenes work the forum are involved in...

Here is a list of the things we are trying to get up and running to help improve trainees experience, education, training and well-being. 

If there are any ideas or initiatives you would like us to try to work on with HEE please get in touch, or even better join the forum - we love blue sky thinking. 

  • Development of a fair and equitable study leave policy across the region 
  • Development of an education and well-being charter to ensure education and training is prioritised during the post-pandemic phase.
  • Ensuring trainee representation is present at all deanery and all regional Health Education England working groups and meetings
  • Improving communications received during the ARCP process
You Said, We Did - Quality

Touchstone:  You Said, We Did - Click here for the Document detailing the Trainee Forum has been doing with the Quality Team 

Welcome to Touchstone, where your voice is an important part of the process in identifying how the Quality Team and Trainee Forum can play a part in improving working lives and how we can collaboratively work together to achieve this goal.  It will be a challenge and a commitment to change!!  In this section we aim to discuss issues important to you and help you know that as a trainee doctor or dentist ‘Your Voice Matters’ and how your actions can contribute to better training experience for all!

The Trainee Forum and Quality Team are here to listen to your concerns, identify potential resolutions and be transparent on how your engagement can helps us make a difference. The Forum would like to thank the Quality team for working collaboratively to allow transparency & understanding of improvements that can be made to training and the workplace.  

Please take time to make the most of this opportunity and to recommend what YOU want to see from Quality by contacting Vicky Jones, Quality Co-ordinator at vicky.jones@hee.nhs.uk.

How To Guides & Information to Help Trainees

We are currently developing a bank of resources to help trainees find useful information relating to their training. 

Please see documents section below: Less Than Full Time Working Training Guide, Less Than Full Time Working for Foundation Trainees, Foundation Training Guide To Self Development Time, ARCP Timeline, Exception Reporting, What is HEE, Welcome to Yorkshire, Leadership Opportunities, International Medical Graduates

Please let the Forum know if you would like any information or a guide created about a particular topic by emailling annabelle.carter@hee.nhs.uk 


If you want to ask a question for HEE or the Trainee Forum - please fill out the following questionnaire, or scan the QR code below: