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I am an Associate Professor (Teaching) in Medical Education at UCL Medical School. My teaching and research work focus on postgraduate teaching and learning, and I am committed to improving the quality of Healthcare by facilitating effective learning in the clinical workplace through my academic practice in Higher Education.  

Before joining UCL my research focussed on simulation-based education tools and their implementation in Health Professions Education and engagement of staff and patients, and use of a 'Students As Partners' approach in Clinical Communication Skills. Prior to this, I worked for Health Education England (NW London) in an educational leadership role for NHS workforce development. 

Before moving into full-time academic roles in 2014, I worked for twelve years as a clinical doctor in the NHS, in Internal Medicine (gaining MRCP in 2007) and Palliative Care. 

In my current role I lead Quality Assurance for UCL Medical School’s suite of Master’s Programmes and short courses, with a particular interest in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Awarding Gaps. I have teaching interests in research methods, supervision, assessment, and pastoral care.

Research Summary

My doctoral research focusses on work-based learning in the Postgraduate Medical Education clinical setting. 

My Master's Dissertation used Conversation Analysis to undertand the learning of Healthcare Professionals in the Simulation Debrief. It found that debrief facilitators and learners together construct the agenda of what is to be learned, with facilitators eliciting learners' 'storytelling' of their scenario experience, and closely managing stories to arrive at a learning point aligned with the non-technical skills curriculum.

My simulation research focussed on the use of Simulation-Based-Education tools in team training for Healthcare Professionals and for engagement of patients, public and NHS Staff.

My evaluation of 'Students as Partners' in Communication Skills explored the meaning Medical Students make of 'Partnerships', revealing alignment of their understanding with existing definitions and the potential suitability of this approach in the Medical Undergraduate Setting. It demonstrated positive impact of involvement in the project on students' self-declared knowledge and confidence in communication and teaching. 

Teaching Summary

My teaching practice focusses on supporting healthcare professionals to engage in scholarship and reserach, to inform and develop their practice as clinical educators. I lead modules in Supervision, Assessment, and Research Methods, and act as supervisor for students undertaking their Master’s dissertation research in Health Professions Education and Medical Education. I am co-lead for the HEE-commissioned 'Introduction to Supervision, Learning and Assessment' (ISLA) Programme for GP Clinical Supervisors in primary care. 

I have an interest in Quality Assurance in Medical Education and Higher Education, with a particular focus on Awarding Gaps in Higher Education, and Differential Attainment in the Postgraduate Medical Education workplace. This includes developing and evaluating Differential Attainment teaching materials for Health Professionals developing their supervision practice. 

Personal Tutoring is an important part of my teaching practice, and I draw on my counselling and Palliative Medicine experience to offer a facilitative, person-centred approach to personal tutoring, developing my practice with regular CPD.

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