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Trust appoints first ever homegrown Consultant

Published 26/04/2018
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Derby Teaching Hospitals has reached a landmark moment after appointing its first ever Consultant trained in medicine onsite at the Trust. 

Dr Ihteshamul Haq is due to start as a Consultant Hepatologist in the autumn – nine years after studying at the University of Nottingham Graduate Entry Medical School for a degree in medicine.

The University of Nottingham Graduate Entry Medical School was first opened at the Royal Derby Hospital in 2003, with Dr Haq beginning a four-year Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery course in 2005, following a successful academic career.     

Since his graduation in 2009, Dr Haq has trained as a junior doctor at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre and City Hospital, and more recently as an Advanced Hepatology Fellow in Liver Transplant Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, before returning to Derby as a Senior Registrar in Hepatology last September. 

He said: “I have always really liked the Royal Derby Hospital and thought that this is the kind of place that I’d like to work. Everyone is so friendly and all of the staff get on really well and work as a team, which is crucial to providing excellent medical care to the people of Derby and beyond. There’s a real family atmosphere here and I am absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to come full circle and be back here as a consultant.”

After completing a BSc, PhD and post-doctoral fellowships in cancer research in London, Dr Haq spent six years as a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Biology at the University of Sheffield running a successful research group. In 2005, he decided to re-direct his career into clinical medicine.

He said: “Ever since I was young, I always had ambitions of training to become a doctor. I was immediately attracted to Derby after visiting the medical school here, so decided to invest four years retraining as a doctor, so that I could combine looking after patients with continuing to conduct research. I never imagined that I’d be the first student to be appointed as a Consultant in Derby and this success is testimony to the farsightedness of the team that set up the course to widen access to medicine. People who’ve been through different life experiences have a lot to offer and the Graduate Entry Medicine Programme has allowed many talented people to train as doctors who wouldn’t have normally been able to and I’m really grateful to have been one of those beneficiaries.” 

Head of the University of Nottingham Graduate Entry Medical School, Professor John Alcolado, said: “One of our major aims was always to train doctors who would work locally and fill the shortages both in general practice and hospital medicine.  It takes 15 years from starting medical school to reaching consultant status and we are absolutely delighted that Dr Haq has been appointed a Consultant in Derby. It is a real privilege to have witnessed Dr Haq develop into an outstanding doctor equipped to serve the people of Derby in his chosen specialty. We are delighted that, as of 2019, we will be able to increase the number of students by a further 20 to over 110. We wish Dr Haq every success for the future and look forward to him being the first of many students staying on in the area as Consultants and General Practitioners.”

Last Modified 26/04/2018