About medical education

Training and work experience culture

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.

About Lincolnshire

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.  

What Lincolnshire has to offer as a place to live

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Meet the team

Sarah Fenton Undergraduate AdministratorSarah Fenton, Undergraduate Coordinator

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.

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Dawn Garrod-Smith Medical Education Co-ordinator

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 Foundation and GP Trainees to get the most out of their four months rotation in Psychiatry with us, to supporting our Core trainees,  overseas doctors, MTI’s (Medical Training Initiative) and higher grade trainees (ST4-6), during their placement within our Trust. 

I also manage the Postgraduate Teaching Programme and help senior consultants achieve their CPD and mandatory training. I work closely with the Director of Medical Education (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 I can.

My hobbies include golf, socialising and any type of creative crafts. I mostly enjoy spending time with my family (especially grandchildren) and friends.



Jessica Johnson, Medical Education Administrator

I joined the Medical Education Team in August 2021. My role consists of providing administrative support to the team and I primarily work alongside Dawn Garrod-Smith, our Medical Education Co-ordinator. I have worked for the NHS since 2012 within a variety of administrative and secretarial roles and have several years of experience behind me however, I always enjoy learning new tricks of the trade. I thrive on providing the best help I possibly can and always giving 100% in everything I do in order to support our service.


Dr Beena Rajkumar Director of Medical Education

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 with patients who have complex mental health needs. I am also a Consultant Psychotherapist and Psychotherapy Tutor for the Trust. I am also a Medical Student Tutor for the students from Lincoln Medical School.

My special interests include Women’s Mental Health, Complex Trauma, Clinical Depression and Teaching. I am passionate about teaching Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and in fostering experiential learning.

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


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Dr Verghese Joseph, Associate Director of Medical Education and Educational Supervisor for Core Trainees South

I work as a consultant psychiatrist within the adult division and attached to the recovery team at Stamford. I am a clinical supervisor and host core trainees at Stamford As educational supervisor for the south of the county, I support core trainees with their education and training needs. I have a background in neuroimaging research with my PhD focussed on understanding functional connectivity problems in schizophrenia using the toots of functional MRI and evoked response potentials. My research has been published in peer reviewed journal and I have presented the findings at our local journal club. I am passionate about teaching and training. I lecture on the East Midlands MRCPsych training course and support medical students from Lincoln University as they rotate through our recovery team. Hobbies have taken a backseat since our little ones arrived (now age seven and nine). I enjoy reading books on cosmology, physics, finance, and history and hope one day I can swim and fly an aeroplane.


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 Vijay Waykar Educational Supervisor for SAS DoctorsDr 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.


Rosemary Mohammed-Ali.pngDr Rosemary Mohammed-Ali SAS Tutor

I joined LPFT in November 2017. Since then, I have worked as a SAS doctor in PICU, CRHT, CMHT and currently I work in Conolly ward, PCDU and ECT department.  I was appointed as the SAS Tutor in LPFT starting my job from the 01/12/2022. My role is to offer my colleague SAS doctors support, advice and guidance on career and related issues. This role also includes arranging courses to enhance generic skills like teaching and management whilst also improving their clinical skills.

My vision however is to inspire and motivate my colleagues to fulfil their full potential. I believe senior SAS doctors can offer more than direct clinical care within the Trust.


Dr Suneetha Siddabattuni, Associate Clinical SubDeanDr 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.