- Bupa Platinum consultant
- Fee assured
- Awaiting verification
- Open Referral network
- Breast specialist
- Breast surgery
- Breast specialist
- Video and telephone consultations
Miss Rachel Bright-Thomas obtained a first in medical sciences at Cambridge University and then did her clinical training at Oxford University. Rachel qualified in 1993 worked in several London teaching hospitals, before moving home to take up a consultant post in the West Midlands in 2006.
As part of her training Rachel did a masters degree looking at cancer gene therapy and spent her final year in training in 1 of only 9 National Oncoplastic Breast Fellowships, learning how to use plastic surgical techniques to complement and enhance the results of her breast cancer surgery. Rachel is fully trained in breast reconstruction and offers this as part of her regular NHS practice.
Rachel has previously been both MDT and clinical lead for breast services in her NHS post. All her elective work is breast surgery as outlined above.
Rachel is also very involved in surgical education, having previously been the Royal College of Surgeons College Tutor and co-ordinator for the West Midlands surgical teaching programme. She has more recently become the area training programme director for general surgical trainees in Coventry, Worcestershire and Warwickshire and is on the Education and Training committee of the Association of Breast Surgeons.
Areas of interest
breast pain; breast lumps; nipple discharge; breast cysts; breast cancer; all breast surgery; sentinel lymph node biopsy; oncoplastic breast surgery; therapeutic mammoplasty; fat transfer into breast; intra-operative radiotherapy; immediate breast reconstruction; nipple reconstruction
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Breast Surgeon, Worcestershire Royal Hospital since 2006
Royal College of Surgeons College Tutor at WAHNHST
Joint Director of the core surgical teaching programme for the West Midlands
Cancer Gene Therapy. MD awarded University of London 2001. My interest in breast cancer began at this point . (Research Fellowship supported by Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellowship)
Teaching and training (as above)
Member of the Academy of Medical Educators.
External examiner for Nottingham University and MRCS examiner at the Royal College of Surgeons
At home I enjoy spending time relaxing with my family and friends and am trying to get fitter.
1989 Edith Lydia Johns Senior Scholar& Edith Walton Prize & The Appleton Cup
For best undergraduate Medical Science student & outstanding Tripos results
1998/9 Royal College of Surgeons of England and Digestive Disorders Foundation Research Fellowship (salary and grant. Competitive bid)
2001 Joint Young Investigator of the Year. The International Leeds Castle Polyposis Group Meeting
2013 NHS Hero award. From NHS Chief Executive after patient nomination.
4 book chapters; 4 original articles; 3 case reports; 1 technical tips; 9 oral presentations; 20 poster presentations; 6 invited article reviews upto end of 2016. Across a range of international, national and regional meetings.
Courses offered to GPs
GP Talks undertaken at local practices and larger venues on request .
Zero 30 day mortality rate (in line with most breast surgery nationally).
11-18% re-operation rate for involved margins (below national average of 20% and below Trust average)
High patient satisfaction rate (100% scored outstanding on last Equiniti 360 degree assessment in 2015 - repeated 3-5 yearly)
- BA hons in Basic Medical Sciences with intercalated Pathology Degree Girton College, Cambridge University 1990
- BM BCh in Clinical Medicine Balliol College, Oxford University 1993
- MD Univerity of London 2001
- FRCS (Gen Surg) Royal College of Surgeons of England 2005
- Trained as an appraiser WAHNHST 2011
- MRCS examiner Royal College of Surgeons 2016
Reference number 4035251
Details of entry to specialist register
- General Surgery with an interest in breast surgery , 2005
Affiliations / memberships
Association of Breast Surgeons
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
Women in Surgery
Academy of Medical Educators
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Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
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Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Wide local excision of breast +/- local mobilisation of glandular breast tissue to fill surgical cavity - (1-5)
Drainage of breast abscess (including haematoma and seroma) - (1-5)
Core biopsy lesion of breast - Unilateral - (1-5)
Excision biopsy of breast lesion after localisation - (1-5)
Sentinel node mapping and sampling with blue dye and radioactive probe for breast cancer - (1-5)
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