I graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1983 and then undertook Paediatric training in Birmingham Bristol and Nottingham and became a fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics in 1993. I completed a MD in Medicine (lung infection and immune responses in young cystic fibrosis patients) in 1997 and have worked as a Consultant Paediatrician (Community) from 1996 - 2020. I have held a number of senior educational leadership positions at the University of Leicester as Head of Student & Staff Support and Deputy Director Undergraduate Medical Education and as the Associate Medical Director for Medical Education at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. I am currently Deputy Head of Leicester Medical School working with the Head of School to provide strategic direction vision and leadership with respect to the delivery of all School activities.
MB. ChB. University of Birmingham (1978-1983)
Doctor of Medicine University of Birmingham (1997)
Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2016)
Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (1987)
Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health (1993)
Full GMC Registration
I am active in education pedagogy in the field of medical student professional development peer education student and trainee support and the use of e-learning to develop professional attributes and student engagement with learning and reflective practice.
December 2014 Teaching Enhancement Project Funding Leicester Learning Institute Advancing Reflection and Feedback for Medical Students: their views on the content of a summative portfolio £3000 50% contribution with Professor Elizabeth Anderson
January 2016 Health Education England - Midlands & East Development of a Programme for resilience and wellbeing aimed at trainee doctors £27000 50% contribution with Prof. (Hon) Satheesh Kumar
October 2016 Heath Education England - Midlands & East Pilot ‘Learners as Educators’ programme for healthcare students and doctors in training £18000 50% contribution with Professor Sue Carr
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West, J. V., Robertson, C. F., Roberts, R., & Olinsky, A. (1996). Evaluation of bronchial responsiveness to exercise in children as an objective measure of asthma in epidemiological surveys. THORAX, 51(6), 590-595. doi:10.1136/thx.51.6.590
Personal & Professional Development Programme:
Module convenor - PPD portfolios career management
Professionalism longitudinal theme - ½ day workshops
Phase 1 introductory course - Tutorials/seminars on diversity and professional attributes.
Very Early Clinical Experience (VECE) - Year 1 Lectures Seminars: Patient relationships and safe practice. Reflection Activity with patients.
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