Participants in the work of the South East Clinical Senate have an excellent opportunity to gain strategic leadership experience as part of our everyday work, focus and outputs.  We are currently hosting a Public Health Registrar who is working on a joint Hypertension Quality Improvement Project   In 2023 we hosted a clinical fellow from the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) who took forward the Senate’s work on Healthcare Sustainability and Health Inequalities.

Clinical Fellows placed with the Clinical Senate have the unique opportunity to work and interact with regional and national senior leaders and clinical specialists. The experience allows them to develop networks across a wide range of health and care systems.


South East Clinical Senate Leadership Fellows

Johanna Kaminer

Johanna is a Public Health specialty registrar in the Thames Valley and has completed placements in Local Authority, the UK Health Security Agency, and the Nuffield Department of Population Health at Oxford University. Johanna’s background is in medicine and her journey led her from completing her medical training in Germany and working clinically in internal medicine, to the United States where she pursued a Master’s Degree in Public Health. During her time in New York City, she dedicated her work to HIV prevention, with a special focus on underserved and vulnerable populations. Johanna’s interests in Public Health are multifaceted: she is concerned with maximising the population benefits of healthcare and reducing health inequalities; she is interested in the impact of commercial determinants of health on wellbeing, health, equity, and health systems, and she is passionate about making the public health case for action on climate change.

Johanna is eager to enhance her leadership skills, recognizing the crucial role that strong leadership plays in achieving public health goals, improving health outcomes, and strengthening health systems.

Rachel Bracegirdle

An image of RachelRachel qualified from the University of Surrey with a degree in Dietetics and started her career at the Royal Surrey Hospital, Guildford, gaining experience in a wide range of specialities. She chose to specialise in Oncology in 2013 and currently is the Senior Specialist Thoracic Oncology Dietitian at Guys Hospital, London. Rachel is passionate about providing multidisciplinary, holistic care to patients.  She has undertaken several service evaluations and presented the results at national conferences, including the National Cancer Research Institute Conference and World Lung Conference.  Additionally, Rachel has worked with several cancer charities, having roles on patient advisory boards and providing education sessions for patients and health care professionals on the role of nutrition in cancer.

Rachel is keen to develop her leadership skills further and fully appreciates the positive relationship between effective leadership, better patient outcomes and organisational performance.  Within her clinical role, Rachel has leadership responsibilities including being the Health and Wellbeing Lead within her team.