Chief Registrar


Chief Registrar recruitment

Are you a trainee at ST4+ level who in interested in leadership development and clinical management?

The application process is internal and is described here:

1. Confirm support from your Educational Supervisor and TPD

2. Send an email to with the Subject: Chief Reg Application ‘22

3. In the body of the email please include:

  • Your why for applying for the role
  • How you might approach the role to ensure a successful year
  • What you would hope to achieve and what support you would wish to receive to achieve your goals (400 words max)

4. Please attach a short-form CV (max 1 page) to your email application

5. Applications should be received by Friday 27 May 5pm

6. Interviews will be held on 8 June


Current Chief Registrars

Carly Brewster
Chief Registrar
Obstetrics & Gynaecology (RIE)
Janey McKane
Chief Registrar
Acute Internal Medicine / General Internal Medicine (WGH)
Jennifer Simpson
Chief Registrar
Chemical Pathology/Metabolic Medicine (RIE).
Amanda Swan
Chief Registrar
Oncology (WGH)
Alex Stirzaker
Chief Registrar
Geriatric Medicine (RIE)

Chief Registrar Bios

Jennifer Simpson

Jennifer is currently a specialty registrar in Chemical Pathology and Metabolic Medicine based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Her specialty interests include adult inherited metabolic disease and lipid disorders.

She undertook a BSc in Medicine at the University of St Andrews and then completed her clinical training at the University of Manchester. She moved to Dundee for the academic foundation programme and then completed Core Medical Training in Edinburgh. She then spent a year working in Fife as a specialty registrar in General Medicine.

In 2017 Jennifer spent 12 months working as a Clinical Teaching Fellow with the NHS Lothian Medical Education Directorate. Through this role she developed an interest in medical education and enjoyed working with the local undergraduate and postgraduate education teams.

She commenced her current specialty training in 2018. She also works as a Clinical Tutor Associate at the University of Edinburgh.

Janey McKane

I am a ST4 trainee in Acute & General Medicine. Originally I hail from Glasgow and I graduated from Medicine there in 2012. My initial foundation years were spent in Birmingham, after which I spent a few interesting years working as a medical officer within the military. More recently, I betrayed my west coast roots and began working in Edinburgh for Core Medical Training, subsequently starting speciality training in 2019. Since doing so I have gone on to have 2 children here (Ruairidh, 2 and Duncan, 9 months), and I currently work LTFT at 70%.

I enjoy working as a Doctor and I think it remains an incredible privilege to work in this profession, I am passionate about supporting my colleagues and finding ways to ensure there are many more good sides to working in healthcare than bad. I am a strong advocate for a healthy work/life balance and have an interest in burnout, prevention and cure.

In the rare moments I am not in work or changing nappies, I try to spend time reading, running and eating good food

Amanda Swan

My name is Amanda and I am a Clinical Oncology Registrar (the speciality that plans radiotherapy treatment). I’m originally from Freuchie in Fife (winners of the village cricket championship at Lords in 1985) and studied medicine at Edinburgh University and completed a BSc in neuroscience. During my elective in Sydney, I spent time at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and settled on oncology as my area of interest.

I love living in Edinburgh and have completed all of my training here to date. I finished Academic Foundation Programme and went onto accept a Clinical Fellow role in Oncology at the WGH before applying for Core Medical Training. During this year I designed and led a quality improvement project to improve patient flow in the cancer assessment unit – most of the changes are still in place today!

I’m interested in teaching and management. I currently work with the oncology ward management group and organise the taster weeks for junior doctors and medical students in oncology. During this year as a Chief Registrar I hope to build on these skills further. I am looking forward to meeting more trainees, listening to concerns and hearing new ideas, with an understanding that increased engagement leads to improved patient care.

I live with my partner Jamie (non-medic) and we are just back from our first trip to New York. In my free time I enjoy running, spending time with my friends and family and if I’m honest I like wine.

Alexandra Stirzaker

Since moving ‘up North’ to the University of Edinburgh in 2009, I have continued my training in the South East Scotland region. Within my speciality, I have a particular interest in hospital at home and acute geriatrics. From a medical education perspective, I am interested in mentoring, debriefing and junior doctor wellbeing. Since 2017, I have delivered sessions to medical students talking about the emotional aspects surrounding patient death.

Outside of work, I am a keen mountain biker and spend most of my weekends riding the trails of the Tweed Valley. I also enjoy exploring the highlands and intersperse biking with Munro climbing.

I am looking forward to the coming year- engaging with and supporting doctors in training, whilst meeting some new faces, with or without masks

Carly Brewster

Hi, my name is Carly and I am one of the new Chief Registrars. I am currently an ST4 in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and very passionate about women’s health.

Out of work I’m married to Connor, an A&E Reg, and have a daughter called Orla. We love spending our time off together and exploring Scotland and beyond!

I’m looking forward to my new role and happy to be contacted directly or pop up to labour ward and I‘m sure you will find me!

Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellows

Kirsty Crowe
Renal Medicine (RIE)
Gary Paul
Anaesthetics (RIE)

Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow Bios

Kirsty Crowe

I am a speciality registrar in renal and general internal medicine in the West of Scotland and I am delighted to commence a post as a Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow in August 2022. I’ll be working with the Medical Education Directorate team at NHS Lothian and the GMC.

I undertook my undergraduate training at the University of Edinburgh, and then travelled to the Severn deanery for Foundation training before returning to Scotland for Core Medical Training.

I am passionate about safe and effective medical education which underpins patient safety. I am an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and a member of the Academy of Clinical Educators (RCPSG). I have undertaken a postgraduate certificate in Medical Education with the University of Dundee. I undertook a Clinical Teaching Fellowship with NHS Lanarkshire before entering my higher training where I had experience in designing, organising and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes and provided undergraduate educational supervision. I had the opportunity to present my involvement in medical education research internationally and develop my skills as simulation education faculty. I have brought this experience back to my clinical working environment where I have designed and delivered inter-disciplinary education to promote cohesion and safer and more enjoyable workplace environments.

I have strong interests in sustainable quality improvement activity which promotes patient safety and excellence in medical education. I also have an interest in barriers to the population accessing and interacting with the healthcare environment, with a particular interest on impact of cognitive impairment. As well as leading QI and clinical research projects in my areas of interest, I have enjoyed engaging and supporting trainees in collaborative QI work. I am a member of the NephWork steering committee, which is a national UK Renal trainee-led platform that supports trainees to collaborate on research and QI projects on a national scale. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the islands and highlands of Scotland and I am a proud member of Rock Choir.

Gary Paul

I work as an anaesthetics trainee in the west of Scotland, and enjoy the many different aspects of this great specialty. From paediatrics to pain, and from regional anaesthesia to critical care, I get a lot from working in teams that care for patients throughout the hospital. I really enjoy being involved in medical education, particularly simulation based training, and increasingly multidisciplinary learning.

This year I am going to be in a new role as a Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow. I'm looking to develop my own digital leadership skills as well as traditional leadership skills, and help make improvements to how the NHS in Scotland looks after patients, and looks after staff too.

Away from the hospital I love being active, playing golf, football, cycling and surfing. When the weather's wetter I like reading, playing the guitar and learning new things online.