Dr Rachel Winter

Academic Clinical Lecturer


I am currently a higher trainee in psychiatry undertaking a PhD exploring clinical empathy in medical education and module convenor for the medicine-based module on the Medicine with Foundation Year (A199) at Leicester Medical School. I have previously been appointed an NIHR funded Academic Clinical Fellow during which I researched mental health in medical students and GP trainees who were failing to progress.


I am currently researching clinical empathy in medical education. I have other research interests around mental health in medical students and doctors in training and widening participation in medical education. I have secured funding from a number of sources: Using creative arts to teach empathy Creative Fellow project in collaboration with Attenborough Arts. Wellcome Trust (£5000). Designing out systematic error in surgery in collaboration with UoL School of Management 2018-19. Principal investigator Dr Will Green Co-investigator Dr Rachel Winter (£30000 HEEM) Medicine Calling in collaboration with University of Leicester (UoL) HEEM and Royal RCPsych) 2016-20. Project Leads Dr Rachel Winter and Dr Hayley Andrews (£260000 HEEM £10000 RCPsych) Perfect Day: An educational intervention for GP trainees in difficulty in collaboration with HEEM UoL and UoN 2016. Project Lead Dr Rakesh Patel Academic Lead Dr Rachel Winter (£89252 HEEM) 


(0) Winter R, Norman RI and Patel R. A qualitative exploration of the lived experiences of GP trainees failing to progress in training. Educ Prim Care. 2020;1-9.

Winter R and Howick J. A qualitative review of research to understand healthcare students, professionals and patients experiences of empathy-focused training. OSF protocol registration 2020.

Winter R, Issa E, Roberts N, Norman RI, Howick J. Assessing the effect of empathy-enhancing interventions in health education and training: A systematic review of randominsed controlled trials. BMJ Open. 2020:10e036471. Doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036471

Winter R, Howick J, Roberts N. Assessing the effect of empathy-enhancing interventions in health education and training: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. PROSPERO 2019 CRD42019126843 Available from:

Winter R, Patel R and Norman RI. (2017) A Qualitative Exploration of the Help-Seeking Behaviours of Students Who Experience Psychological Distress Around Assessment at Medical School. Acad Psychiatry doi:10.1007/s40596-017-0701-9



Clinical empathy


I have been module convenor for the MD0004 Medicine: The Patient module and lead the Clinical Empathy Programme on the Medicine with Foundation Year (A199) since 2017 I have supported delivery of the A24NC8 'Underperformance and Performance Enhancement' module on the MMedSci in Medical Education at University of Nottingham since 2018.

Press and media

Clinical empathy


International Conference on Communication in Healthcare Sept 2020 (online): Oral presentation OTTAWA conference: Assessment of health professionals and evaluation of programmes 2020 (Kuala Lumpur Malaysia): Poster presentation Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) 2018 (Finland): Poster presentation Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) 2018 (Newcastle): Oral presentation Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) Medical Education 2017 (Belfast): Oral presentation RCPsych and RCGP Joint International Conference 2017 (London): Workshop Midlands Academy of Medical Sciences Research Festival 2016 (Leicester): Poster presentation (First Prize) RCPsych International Congress 2016 (London): Poster presentation (Special Commendation) 


"2019-present: Registered for PhD University of Leicester 2018: MMedSci Medical Education University of Nottingham 2013: Royal College of Psychiatrists membership 2011: Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Leadership University of Leicester 2010: Full registration with General Medical Council 2009: MBChB Medicine (graduate entry) University of Leicester 2003: Diploma in Psychology The Open University 2001: BSc (Hons) Psychosocial Studies University of East Anglia "
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