Support Networks


Starting as a newly appointed consultant is both exciting and challenging. Many SEM roles are not always in established organisations and lack support structures, meaning new SEM consultants can end up working in isolation and feeling unsupported. Peer to peer support networks can be invaluable and are a key element of Out of the Blocks.

WhatsApp Group

When you join the initiative, you will be also invited to join a WhatsApp group. This is a national forum for new SEM consultants to raise issues, ask questions, network and get rapid peer to peer advice. Read the message group rules here.


The Faculty runs a mentoring scheme for new consultants that pairs you with an experienced SEM consultant who can offer guidance and advice. Find out more about the mentoring programme and apply here. (You will need to be logged in to your Faculty account to access this page)

Local Leads

Our Local Leads can help facilitate, advise, and discuss local issues. This is helpful for a new consultant moving to a new location, learning about local services/initiatives or sourcing local medical resources.

See a full list of Local Leads here

Scotland – Alethea McHardy

Northern Ireland – Michael Webb

Wales – Rhodri Martin

North East – Ian Blain

North West – Jim Kerss

East – Suntharalingam Kulothungan

Yorkshire – Dane Vishnubala

Midlands – Philippa Turner

South West – Guy Evans

London & South East – Sonia Bains