Dr Anthea Mowat Associate Specialist in Anaesthesia & Chronic Pain Management, Boston Dr Anthea Mowat was awarded the Pask Certificate of Honour from the Association of Anaesthetists in 2009, and in 2010 she received the British Medical Association (BMA) Medal. She also received a long service award from her Trust Chief Executive in 2012. Anthea lectures nationally on job planning and Staff and Associate Specialist (SAS) issues. Outside of work, she is Governor at Partney Church of England Primary School and a member of Partney choir.
Anthea has been involved in SAS grade representation locally since 1983 and nationally since 2002 and has been a member of the BMA for almost thirty years. She was inspired and encouraged in her roles by Dr Kate Bullen, formerly of the BMA. Her previous national roles have included Deputy Chair Representative Body; a Member of the Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) Agenda Committee, which is the BMA’s main policy-making body; SAS Conference Chair; Deputy Chair of the SAS Committee; and SAS Strategy Policy and Procedure Committee Chair. She was involved in negotiations for the SAS contract between 2003-2008 and is a Member of the NHS Staff Council. Anthea was born in Newcastle and trained to be a doctor in Aberdeen. Her most valuable lesson learned as a medical student has since helped her throughout her clinical career. Anthea recalls feeling out of depth when asked to do a medical locum and to give chemotherapy as she was unsure how to constitute the medications. Although nothing untoward happened, she learned to ask for advice and to recognise her own competencies. She chose anaesthesia as her area of interest early in her career training and undertook her specialist training in Aberdeen and Inverness. Anthea then moved to a rural part of Lincolnshire with her GP husband in 1986 and took a four-year career break to look after her late disabled mother, and during this time, had their two daughters. She was appointed a Staff Grade in Boston in what she describes as her best career decision to enable a balance between her work and family life. She was promoted to Associate Specialist and around the same time started working part-time in the chronic pain unit. She was also Staff and Associate Specialist (SAS) tutor at her Trust for six years, until June 2016, looking after 190 SAS staff. She has a long calling with medical politics and served on the Hospital Staff Committee early in her career and then on the Trent Regional Council. She continues her work as Chairman and Honorary Secretary of the Holland Division. She was also Chair of the Local Negotiating Committee between 2007-2014 and was the first SAS grade doctor to hold such a post. As Chairman of the division, she played a leading role particularly at a time when the division was facing closure, and Anthea has successfully ensured that the division remains active. She was also Deputy Chair of East Midlands Regional Council and Chaired the Conference of Honorary Secretaries of Divisions.
In addition to her work at the BMA, Anthea is a member of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) SAS Committee, and her main portfolio involves workforce and equality/ inclusion. She is currently Chair of the Representative Body. * Favourite Book: A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup, as it combines my love of Agatha Christie with the science of her methods of poisoning * Three objects Anthea cannot live without: Phone, Books, Music
Anthea’s advice to junior doctors is “Keep strong, look after each other, but above all enjoy your work helping patients.”
Medical Woman | Spring 2017
Published on Apr 26, 2017
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