About medical education

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We are really proud of the training and working experience culture that we have fostered in LPFT.   We are an inclusive and diverse organisation which helps us to maintain a varied perspective and ensure that we are able to meet the needs of the communities we serve.  We work hard to ensure that everyone, no matter what your background is, feels a part of the LPFT family. We value the cohesiveness and friendliness that trainees often comment on and make trainee wellbeing a top priority.

Lincolnshire is a county that can provide a really great quality of life.  We appreciate that being fulfilled in your career is important, but so is a good work-life balance.  If you like the great outdoors and that sense of escape, you will not be disappointed in Lincolnshire. Big skies, long country walks and secluded beaches are all on offer. 

Find out more about what Lincolnshire has to offer as a place to live.

Meet the team

Sarah Fenton website.pngSarah Fenton, Undergraduate Administrator

Working with the Associate Clinical Sub-Dean, I am responsible for the provision of developing a high quality teaching programme for the medical students.  This helps to achieve the overall goal of undergraduate medical education; to provide first class training facilities for medical students and to receive appropriate training to meet the needs of their curriculum.  Outside of work, I have a keen interest in health and fitness, cooking and travelling.

Contact Sarah via email on sarah.fenton@nhs.net



Dawn Garrod-Smith, Medical Education Co-ordinator

I have worked at the Trust since 2012 and joined the Medical Education Team in June 2017. My role is to support medical education, from helping FYs and GP Trainees to get the most out of their four months with us, to managing the Post-Graduate Teaching Programme and helping senior consultants achieve their CPD and mandatory training. I work closely with the DME and the team to create a high class training environment. I like to treat every person as an individual regardless of position and will always go out of my way to give the best support.

My hobbies include golf, socialising, flower arranging and any type of creative crafts. I used to run my own cake design and production business! I mostly enjoy spending time with my family (especially grandchildren) and friends.

Contact Dawn via email on d.garrod-smith@nhs.net


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Dr Beena Rajkumar, Director of Medical Education

I am responsible for training and medical education across the Trust. Your training experience is my number one priority and as a team, we are committed to making your time with us as excellent as it can be. Outside of my work as DME I am a Consultant Psychiatrist working on The Vales, our Female Rehabilitation Ward in Lincoln. I am also a Consultant Psychotherapist and Psychotherapy Tutor for the Trust and my special interests include Women’s Mental Health, Complex Trauma and teaching Psychotherapy.

In my spare time I am a serious movie buff and enjoy cooking Indian and Chinese food for family and friends.


Dr Peter Speight.pngDr Peter Speight, Associate Director of Medical Education

I run CASC exam training sessions with the psychiatric trainees every week and invite local experts to help with all of the psychiatric sub-specialties. I am particularly looking forward to teaching medical students when the new Lincoln Medical School commences psychiatry placements in 2022.

I love running and recently ‘transitioned’ to ‘barefoot running’ in the hope this will help my ageing joints!


Dr Vijay Waykar.pngDr Vijay Waykar, Educational Supervisor for SAS Doctors

I chair the Junior Doctor Forum and work closely with supervisors and the management team so that exception reports are addressed promptly within the recommended timeframe.

I enjoy teaching and research and have established links with the University of Lincoln. I try to remain fit and have successfully completed three full marathons.


Dr Wessel Abbed.pngDr Wessal Abbed, SAS Tutor

I started my role in January 2020 and it was a challenging time for various reasons, particularly with the COVID -19 pandemic. Many junior doctors are unaware of the SAS position even though for many it is a fulfilling and important career role. I work with the liaison team in Lincoln, which I enjoy very much. As an SAS tutor I am interested in SAS doctors’ development and maintaining high standards of the SAS role. I also act as a voice for SAS doctors in the Trust and am looking to develop an SAS rotational scheme.

My hobbies include bird watching and sewing, and I am also considering furniture restoration.


Dr Rameez Zafar.pngDr Rameez Zafar, Educational Supervisor for Core Trainees North

I have been an educational supervisor and college tutor for over five years and an examiner for 25 years. I like to help trainees to progress with their portfolios as well as their exam preparation for CASC.

I enjoy reading history books and socialising with my psychiatric colleagues and friends. I watch cricket and football regularly, although I myself have never been a good player!


Dr Verghese Joseph.pngDr Verghese Joseph, Educational Supervisor for Core Trainees South

I am a clinical supervisor for core psychiatry trainees in their community placement in Stamford. I have always been interested in teaching and sharing my research experience in neuroimaging, and this role enables me to fulfil these interests.

Hobbies have taken a backseat since my little ones arrived (now age five and seven) but I enjoy reading anything on cosmology, biographies, finance and history. I look forward to learning to swim and fly a plane.


Dr Siddabattuni rounded.pngDr Suneetha Siddabattuni, Associate Clinical SubDean

I look after medical students on psychiatry placements. It is my responsibility to ensure that medical students are well supported and get high quality training and experience during their psychiatry placements in our Trust.  As a clinical supervisor I provide training and supervision to Core Trainee Psychiatrists and enjoy teaching CASC to trainees preparing for MRCPsych exams.  I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist and fundamentally I believe in providing the right support and environment so that every person can achieve their full potential.  As Less Than Fulltime Champion, I promote wellbeing by enabling the balancing act of work and life, and represent at Local Negotiating Committee as Vice Chair Elect.

I am a great believer in giving back to the community and I have taken up responsibility as Parish Councillor to my village and Parent Governor to a big secondary school. During my free time I enjoy walking, doing yoga, cooking and mostly spending time with my family and friends. 


Dr Toby Greenall.pngDr Toby Greenall, Medical Education Fellow

I am working on a number of projects to improve both undergraduate and postgraduate training experiences within the trust. This is a 12 month fellowship that started in 2020 and I am really excited to get stuck in and help make the training experience in Lincolnshire even better.  I have taken a year out from general adult higher training.

I love the outdoors and spend most of my spare time riding my horses, so rural Lincolnshire is perfect for me!

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