Specialist Registrar, Clinical Radiology
The Royal Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust
Amrita is a Specialist Registrar in Clinical Radiology at the Royal Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust. She completed her MBBS from Guy's, King's & St Thomas' Medical School and Intercalated BSc Management from Imperial College London. She then went on to complete her Basic Surgical Training and obtain her MSc in Surgical Technology from Imperial College London. She obtained her FRCR during her Clinical Radiology Training Programme in Mersey. She has always had a keen interest in research and was awarded the Royal College of Radiologists Kodak Radiology Fund Scholarship in 2008 and British Society of Interventional Radiology Research Grant Award in 2010. She went on to be appointed as the Membership and Events Co-ordinator of the National Trainee Committee at the British Institute of Radiology and is currently working as one of the authors on the first BIR publication on Single Best Answers FRCR Part 2A Book.
As a NICE scholar, Amrita will carry out a transfer of training validation study of a virtual reality simulator for training in the nephrostomy procedure. Imaging-guided needle puncture procedures are routinely performed by radiologists, using hand-eye coordination to direct needles, wires and catheters to perform liver biopsy, nephrostomy and abscess drainages. Currently the visuo-spatial and manipulation skills required are learnt in a traditional apprenticeship model; however Working Time Directives limit in-hospital work hours of trainees, reducing the time and case mix available to train. Some animal and fixed models can reproduce some of the training objectives, though they are an imperfect substitute for the ‘real patient' experience. Application of a nephrostomy simulation to training requires evidence of efficacy. Validation studies provide evidence to support the use of simulator training and assessment of percutaneous needle puncture skills, potentially shortening the early learning curve, removing basic skills training from patients and improving patient safety and efficiency in the NHS.
Where are they now?
Amrita is undertaking a breast fellowship at Northwick Park Hospital as part of her final radiology training year at University College Hospital London. She has progressed to become a founding member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management as well as winning a place on the prestigious NHS London mentoring scheme - Prepare to Lead 2012-13.
As part of her NICE research, Amrita is currently working in collaboration with Springer Science and Radiologists in the UK and USA to write the first comprehensive Textbook of Healthcare Simulation.
This page was last updated: 30 April 2012