Out of the Blocks Committee

Out of the Blocks is run by a committee of elected new SEM consultants from across the UK. It is chaired by the FSEM new consultant representative, and there are four committee members who lead on key areas.

The committee aims to represent the interests of new consultant members and, through the chair, act as the conduit for matters to be raised at the quarterly Faculty meetings. The committee meets on a monthly basis. Please use the ‘contact us’ link if you wish to raise a specific issue with the committee.

The initiative is overseen by the FSEM Council.

The Committee

Dr Alethea McHardy

Committee Chair

Alethea is a Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is self – employed and works across a number of different fields within the speciality. These include musculoskeletal clinics, working in elite sports medicine and teaching. She has a particular interest in research and medical education. In her role in the committee she is keen to support networking of new consultants and providing platforms for peer support and continued learning.

Dr Sonia Bains

Committee Member

Sonia is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine. She currently works at the military Regional Rehabilitation Unit in Aldershot and London and works as a team doctor for the Football Association Women’s age group teams. Sonia is currently the Out of the Blocks Education lead and is keen to develop a platform for peer support and learning.

Dr Pumi Searante

Committee Member

Dr Pumi Senaratne is a consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine with an interest in Paediatric and Adolescent Sport and Exercise Medicine, who currently works at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. She is also a medical panel member to the England Women’s Programme at the England and Wales Cricket Board and is also CMO for Blaze Cricket (East Midlands Regional Women’s Cricket). She is part of the ECB Women’s Health Group, whose purpose is to champion women’s health across Cricket.

Dr Sethu Mani-Babu

Committee Member

Sethu is a recently qualified Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultant who completed his training in the East of England. He works at the regional rehabilitation unit in Colchester, undertakes an MSK ultrasound list at Ipswich Hospital and works in elite sport. He is keen to support the Out of the Blocks programme in its aim to help new consultants as they navigate their way through the initial period of being a consultant.