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Appointment
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer/ Senior Academic General Practitioner
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography


Sophie is Director of Medical Education (Primary Care and Community) at UCL Medical School and Head of Teaching for the Research Dept. of Primary Care and Population Health (PCPH). She is a part-time GP in Hertfordshire and Associate Professor in Primary Care.

Qualifications and Awards:

FRCGP 2019

EdD (Institute of Education, UCL) 2017

Highly Commended Yvonne Carter Award: Royal College of General Practice and the International Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC) award for innovative work in developing a distinct body of educational research in primary care 

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2013

Excellence in Medical Education Award (EMEA): UCL Saad al-Damluji excellence in medical education award for exceptional commitment to excellence in cilnical teaching (2011)

MRCGP (distinction) 2006

M.Med.Sci Clinical Education (distinction) 2005

Diploma of Faculty of family Planning (DFFP) 2005

Diploma of Child Health (DCH) (2004)

MBChB (Bristol) 2000

Professional Roles and Appointments:

RCGP National Scientific Foundation Board RCGP (2019-)

External Examiner MBBS, University of Nottingham (2019-)

National Training Lead NIHR School of Primary Care Research (SPCR) Evidence Synthesis Working Group (ESWG) (2018-)

International Director London BICC, Best evidence in Medical Education (BEME) International Collaboration Centre, AMEE (2014-)

External Examiner HEE South West England for academic GP postgraduate training (review of portfolios and external recruitment panel representative) (2016-)

Early Career Working Group Committee Member, International Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC) (2014-17)

Doctoral (PhD and EdD) Supervisor and Examiner (2013-)

Chair International Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Education Research Group (2013-)

Chair UCL Primary Care Education Research Group (2012-)

External Examiner M.Med.Sci (Masters in Medical Science) University of Keele (2012-2015)

External Examiner MBBS University of East Anglia (2011-17) 

Masters Tutor and Supervisor Institute of Education and UCL Masters in Clinical Education (2010-2018)


Research Summary

Sophie Park is Director of Medical Education (Primary Care and Community) at UCL Medical School. She is a GP and Associate Professor. Sophie has a Doctorate in Education (Institute of Education, UCL), Masters in Medical Science (Nottingham, distinction). She is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practice and member of the RCGP Scientific Foundation Board. Sophie works across both research and teaching communities in primary care.

Sophie Park was awarded Highly Commended for the RCGP & SAPC Yvonne Carter Award 2015 for innovative work in developing a distinct body of educational research in primary care. Sophie is National Chair of the Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Education Research Group, and the UCL primary care education research group. She is also Co-Director of the London BICC: a Best Evidence in Medical Education (BEME) International Collaboration Centre, and member of the BICCs international Education Committee. Sophie is UCL Lead & Workstream 4.0 Co-Lead for the NIHR School of Primary Care Research (SPCR) Evidence Synthesis Working Group (ESWG). Within this, she is also PI for an on-going realist review of delegated GP home visits. She is Co-Lead of the SPCR 'Organisation and Delivery of Primary Care' working group and ESWG Training Co-Lead with Kamal Mahtani. 

Sophie's research explores generalism: how this is articulated in patient-based practice and its implications for policy; organisation of healthcare; and sustainability & capacity building across undergraduate and postgraduate training. She has a particular interest cross-disciplinary collaboration and uses a range of qualitative, sociological and research synthesis methods, as well as developing innovative ways of including patient and student participation in research synthesis and teaching processes. 

Her recent research includes examination of the organisation and re-design of primary healthcare (in the context of fast-changing policy with the NHS long-term plan and development of primary care networks), and how this impacts on workflow; roles, professional development & retention; and patient experience of healthcare. She has a strong interest in exploring patient and student experiences; alongside embedding user and stakeholder perspectives in research approaches. Sophie led the first, national systematic review of General Practice Undergraduate Medical Education (Park 2015) and has continued to work with Best Evidence in Medical Education (BEME) since as a Co-Director of the London BEME International Collaboration Centre, which supports and peer-reviews international clinical education systematic reviews. 

Sophie has a strong commitment to capacity building, including roles as NIHR SPCR Evidence Synthesis Training Co-Lead with Kamal Mahtani (Oxford), and Chair of the International Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Education Research Group. Sophie is a doctoral supervisor and examiner, alongside supervision of NIHR in-practice fellowships (internal & external); CLARHC pre-doctoral fellowship; NIHR academic clinical fellows; academic specialist trainees; Masters in medical education; and iBSc students. She is an external reviewer for the South West HEE Academic Clinical Fellows in Primary Care; is an external advisory panel member for an NIHR in-practice fellowship student at Sheffield; and is an approved UCL PhD examiner. 


http://www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk/sites/default/files/public/Quality%20in%20Healthcare%20report.pdf

https://www.spcr.nihr.ac.uk/files/themes-spcr/org-delivery 

https://www.spcr.nihr.ac.uk/eswg 

 
Teaching Summary

Sophie is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded the 2011 UCL Saad al-Damluji Excellence in Medical Education Award for exceptional commitment to excellence in clinical teaching and RCGP SAPC Highly Commended Yvonne Carter Award for innovative work in developing a distinct body of educational research in primary care (2015). 

Sophie is Director of Medical Education (Primary Care and Community) for UCL Medical School and Head of Teaching for the Research Dept. of Primary Care and Population Health (PCPH). Her roles include leadership and strategic development of primary care teaching and MBBS undergraduate medical education. Recent developments include:

Expansion (by 50%) of the Year 5 Core General Practice MBBS Course. This embeds UCL's connected curriculum in weekly seminar sessions, integrating patient-based learning in practice with scholarly, critical thinking sessions about a range of General Practice knowledge. This sessions include cross-disciplinary collaboration and inter-professional learning e.g. Health-Justice, Culinary Medicine, Multi-morbidity & Primary Care Prescribing. Learning Outcomes map across a wide range of GMC Outcomes for Graduates (2018). 

Re-design of an intercalated MBBS iBSc Primary Care Research and Clinical Practice to include a range of innovative, generalist topics, teaching and assessment approaches. These include Digital Health; Sexual Health and Well-being; and Multi-morbidity. 

Selected Study Module (SSC) in General Practice, introduced into year 2 

Alongside the introduction of student representatives in our Primary Care Teaching Committee (PCTC) and course design developments; and Teaching 'Expert by Experience' PPI/E in Primary Care and Population Health to maximise the social accountability of Primary Care Teaching at UCL. 

Sophie has experience as an external examiner (undergraduate and postgraduate) (Nottingham, UEA, Keele, HEE SW England) and external postgraduate and doctoral supervisor (Oxford, Sheffield, HYMS and Newcastle), and doctoral examiner. Current postgraduate UCL supervision includes NIHR in-practice fellow (Dr. Zana Khan); and a range of EdD and PhD students. Recent completed supervision includes: Imogen Skene (CLARHC pre-doctoral fellowship); Vitor Barretto (Brazil PhD completed General Practice Medical Education Policy Discourse Analysis)

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/pcph/undergrad/cbt/gp-conference 

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/epidemiology-health-care/research/primary-care-and-population-health/study/mbbs-primary-care-medical-education-0 



Academic Background
2006 MRCGP Member of the Royal College of General Practioners – General Practice Royal College of General Practioners
2005 DFFP Diploma Family Planning – Family Planning and Reproductive Health Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
2005 MMedSc Master of Medical Science – Medical Education Nottingham Trent University
2004 DCH Diploma of Child Health – Child Health Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
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