Athina Belsi is joint Course Leader for Clinical Communication in the Department of Surgery and Cancer. She qualified and worked as a social scientist in Greece before studying for a Masters in Public Health at King’s College London, which led to a PhD at King’s College Dental Institute. Before taking up her position, Athina had led work into understanding patient perceptions of integrated care pathways at the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at Imperial College, following a research associate and tutor in dental public health post she previously held at King’s College London. Before moving to London she was leading a health and social care programme for older patients living in the community in Greece. Athina is also a qualified Sophrologist and is exploring how Sophrology, a self-development and wellbeing technique, can be used to reduce stress, enhance positivity and improve wellbeing in healthcare staff.
Athina's current research focuses on:
- the benefits of peer tutoring in clinical communication for tutees and students
- designing an education programme to support living and well-being of people with a renal transplant
- the impact that clinical communication teaching has on students’ confidence levels when they communicate with patients.
- patients’ experiences from their interactions with healthcare professionals and their expectations from consultations
To date her research has focused on healthcare education, including:
- students’ motivation to study healthcare professions, their career expectations and the role they play in career choice
- the impact of personality on clinical career pathways and the effect of studying on students’ wellbeing
Athina has also been involved and has ongoing collaborations with colleagues from Imperial, including colleagues from Professor McGregor’s team; Dr C. Alexander; and Dr L. Johansson
She has also been involved in the Pilot Registry for the Investigation and Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease (RIPA).
- Clinical Communication
- Academic Tutor Years 1&2
Postgraduate Teaching & Supervision
M.Ed. Surgical Education:
- Project Supervisor & Lecturer Module 2-Theory and Practice of Learning and Teaching
MSc Quality and Safety in Healthcare:
- Personal Tutor
Belsi A, Murtagh G (2018), Peer tutoring in clinical communication teaching: the experience of 1st year students and their peer tutors , MedEdPublish, 7, , 67, doi:https://doi.org/10.15694/mep.2018.0000135.1
Durkan C, Belsi A, Griffiths R (2016), The knowledge of dental nurses at one institution of the scope of practice of the dental team members, BDJ Team 3, Article number: 16010 (2016)
Belsi A, Papi E, McGregor AH (2016), Impact of wearable technology on psychosocial factors of osteoarthritis management: a qualitative study, BMJ Open, Vol:6, ISSN:2044-6055
Papi E, Belsi A, McGregor AH (2015) A knee monitoring device and the preferences of patients living with osteoarthritis: a qualitative study, BMJ OPEN, Vol: 5, ISSN: 2044-6055
N. Curry, M. Harris, L. Gunn, Y. Pappas, I.Blunt, H. Holder, N. Mastellos, M. Soljak, J. Smith, A. Ignatowicz, F. Greaves, A. Belsi, N. Costin-Davis, J. Jones-Nielson, G. Vashitz, S.Patterson, L. Cecil, J. Car, A. Majeed, M. Bardsley. (2013) An evaluation of an integrated care pilot in North West London Int J Integr Care 2013; Jul-Sep; URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-114735
A. Belsi, K. Asimakopoulou, N. Donaldson, J.E. Gallagher (2014) Motivation to study dental professions at one London Dental School, European Journal of Dental Education, 18 (1), pp. 24-30.
A. Belsi, Gonzalez-Maffe J, Jones K, Wright D, Gallagher JE (2013) Care home managers’ views of oral healthcare services for institutionalised older people in inner city London, Community Dental Health, v30 (2), pp.77-82
Durkan K, Belsi A, Johnson R, Gallagher JE (2011) Career Pathways and Continuing Professional Development of Dental Nurses at One Dental Hospital, British Dental Journal, v213 (2), E1
A. Belsi, J.E. Gallagher, K. Asimakopoulou (2011) Personality Profile of Students Entering Dentistry, Hygiene/Therapy and Dental Nursing at one London Dental Institute, European Journal of Dental Education, v15 (2), pp. 1-5
Diakakis P, Ventouri K, Visvardis E E, Belsi A, Kosmadakis N, Kapsabelis P, Tsitoura S (2004) Early development and learning difficulties, Brain & Development, v26, Suppl. 1, p43.
A Belsi, N Houbby, A. Hagana (2019) Peer Tutoring in Clinical Communication teaching: motivation and perceptions of Year 3 medical students at one London Medical School. EACH (Oct 27-30), San Diego, USA (Oral Presentation)
A Belsi, G.M. Murtagh (2014) Surveying patients’ experiences of consultations with medical professionals in a primary care setting, EACH (Sept 27-30), Holland (Poster Presentation)
Papi, A. Belsi, A.H. McGregor (2014) Wearable Technology in Osteoarthritis: A qualitative study of patients’ perspective, 5th Medical Engineering Centres Annual Meeting and 7th Bioengineering Society Meeting, London, UK, September.
Belsi A, Ghotane S G, Asimakopoulou K, Gallagher J E (2012) Final-year Hygiene/Therapy Students’ Career Aspirations in One London Dental Institute, IADR General Session (June 19-23), Brazil (Oral Presentation)
Belsi A, Asimakopoulou , Gallagher JE (2012) Professional Mobility Within Dentistry: The Case Of Dental Care Professionals at King’s College London Dental Institute (KCLDI), British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry, Spring Scientific Meeting, (April 18-19, 2012) London (Poster Presentation)
A. Belsi, K. Asimakopoulou, J.E. Gallagher (2011) Hygiene/Therapy students' motivation to study in one London dental school, BSODR Meeting (Sept. 12-15, 2011), Sheffield, England (Oral Presentation)
Belsi A, Asimakopoulou K, Donaldson N, Gallagher J (2010) Well-being and personality of students from one London Dental Institute IADR General Session (July 14-17, 2010) Barcelona, Spain (Poster Presentation)
Belsi A, Asimakopoulou K, Donaldson N, Gallagher J (2010) Motivation of Student Dental Professionals at One London School IADR General Session (July 14-17, 2010) Barcelona, Spain (Poster Presentation)
Belsi A, Asimakopoulou K, Gallagher J (2010) Career Expectations of Hygiene/Therapy and Dental Nursing Students at King’s College London Dental Institute British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry, Spring Scientific Meeting, Brighton (Poster Presentation)
Belsi A, Asimakopoulou K, Gallagher J (2009) Motivation, Background and Career Intentions of Hygiene/Therapy Students Proceedings of the 2009 Conference of the British Society for Dental Research, Glasgow, September 1st-4th, p28, (Oral Presentation)
Belsi A, Asimakopoulou K, Gallagher J (2009) Motivation, Background and Career Intentions of Dental Nursing Students, Proceedings of the 2009 Conference of the British Society for Dental Research, Glasgow, September 1st-4th, p28 (Oral Presentation)
Belsi A, Asimakopoulou K, Gallagher J (2009) Personality Profile of Students Entering Hygiene/Therapy, Dental Nursing and Dentistry (graduate entry) at King’s College London, British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry, Spring Scientific Meeting, Manchester (Poster Presentation)
Belsi A, Asimakopoulou K, Gallagher J (2008) Personality Profile of students entering dentistry at King’s College London, Proceedings of the 4th Scientific Meeting of the Pan European Federation of IADR, London, September 10-12, p144 (Poster Presentation)
Belsi A, Gonzales J, Jones K, Wright D, Gallagher J (2008) Dental Care for Adults in Nursing and Residential Care Homes International Association of Dental Research, 86th General Session & Exhibition, July 2008 (Poster Presentation)
Jones K, Belsi A, Wright D, Donaldson N, Watt R, Warnakulasuryia S, Gallagher J (2007) Oral Health Promotion In Primary Dental Care in South East London, 10th Annual Conference of the UK Federation of Primary Care Research Organisations and 1st Joint Conference with the Primary Care Research Network in England, November 2007 (Poster Presentation)
Pappas Y, Curry N, Bardsley M, Smith J, Majeed A, Car J et al. (2012). NHS North West London Integrated Care Pilot: Year one evaluation.
Belsi A, Gonzales J, Jones K, Wright D, Gallagher J Dental Care for Residents of Care Homes across three South London Boroughs: Managers’ Views (KCLDI, 2008)
et al., 2014, Motivation to study dental professions in one London Dental Institute, European Journal of Dental Education, Vol:18, ISSN:1396-5883, Pages:24-30
et al., 2013, Care home managers’ views of dental services for older people living in nursing and residential homes in inner city London, Community Dental Health
Belsi A, Gallagher JE, Asimakopoulou K, 2011, Personality profile of students entering dentistry, hygiene/therapy and dental nursing at one London dental institute., Eur J Dent Educ, Vol:15, Pages:80-84