Athina Belsi BSc, MPH, PhD is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Clinical Communication at Imperial College School of Medicine and an Academic Tutor, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has also been joint Leader in Clinical Communication in the old curriculum.
Athina originally trained as a clinical social worker in Greece, before moving to the UK to study for a Master’s in Public Health at King’s College London which led to a PhD. Before taking up her current 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. Prior to moving to London 17 years ago, Athina 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 has published and presented her work in conferences and peer-reviewed journals.
Athina’s research interests lie in the field of patients’ experiences from interactions with healthcare professionals and provision of services, as well as patients’ views on what would contribute to better wellbeing.
She is also interested in medical student and healthcare professionals’ wellbeing and ways to enhance it, an area she is particularly keen to explore in her capacity as a Sophrologist.
Athina's current research focuses on:
- 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 Prof McGregor, Prof 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 & 3
Postgraduate Teaching & Supervision
PGCert in Medical Education:
- Lecturer and Personal Tutor
PGCert in Surgical Innovation:
M.Ed. Surgical Education:
- Project Supervisor & Lecturer Module 2-Theory and Practice of Learning and Teaching
MSc Quality and Safety in Healthcare:
- Personal Tutor
BSc project supervision
Johansson, L.R., Surendran, S., Croker, H., Dronsfield, S., Goff, L., Hutchinson, J., Thomas, N., Willicombe, M. and Belsi, A. (2023). Wellbeing and lifestyle in transplantation (WALT): selected themes from a qualitative study. Journal of Kidney Care. 8 (1), pp. 6-10. https://doi.org/10.12968/jokc.2023.8.1.6
Belsi A, Croker H, Dronsfield S, Goff L, Hutchinson J, Thomas N, Willicombe M, Surendran S 2023 Health communication and self-care: the Wellbeing And Lifestyle in Transplantation study (WALT).: Presenter(s): Lina Johansson, Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, United Kingdom Patient Educaiton and Councelling V109 (S), p.101, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2022.10.236
Dalrymple K, Nestel D, Gibson S, Belsi A Experiential learning in online clinical skills education – Opportunities for faculty development (accepted workshop at the 9th International Clinical Skills Conference, Prato, Italy, May 2023
Belsi A, Ghotane S, Asimakopoulou K, Gallagher J 2022 Career aspirations of dually trained dental hygiene-therapy students from one London Dental Institute, JPHD (submitted for publication)
Clunie G, Belsi A, Roe J, Sandhu G, McGregor A, Alexander C et al., 2022, “Is there something wrong with your voice?” A qualitative study of the voice concerns of people with laryngotracheal stenosis, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, ISSN: 1368-2822
Turner S, Belsi A, McGregor AH, 2022, Issues faced by prosthetists and physiotherapists during lower-limb prosthetic rehabilitation: a thematic analysis, Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences, Vol: 2, ISSN: 2673-6861
Turner S, Belsi A, McGregor AH, 2022, Issues faced by people with amputation(s) during lower limb prosthetic rehabilitation: a thematic analysis, Prosthetics and Orthotics International, Vol: 46, Pages: 61-67
Clunie GM, Belsi A, Roe JWG, Alexander CM, Sandhu G, McGregor Aet al., 2021, Not just dyspnoea: swallowing as a concern for adults with laryngotracheal stenosis undergoing airway reconstruction, Dysphagia, Vol: 37, Pages: 365-374, ISSN: 0179-051X
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.
Johansson L, Surendran S, Belsi A. Health communication and self-care: Wellbeing And Lifestyle in Transplantation (WALT) study. ICCH, Glasgow, 2022
Johansson L, Surendran S, Belsi A. Wellbeing and lifestyle in Transplantation (WALT). A qualitative exploration of the lived experiences of people with a renal transplant. UK Kidney Week, June 2022
Clunie, G., Belsi, A., Roe, J., Alexander, C. M., Sandhu, G. S., McGregor, A. "Is there something wrong with your voice?": The lived experience of airway stenosis and voice changes. (2021) Oral presentation. RCSLT Conference (virtual)
Turner S, Belsi A & McGregor A, Lower Limb Prosthetic Rehabilitation Priorities: a thematic analysis of prosthesis user and clinician interviews, ISPO Virtual World Congress 2021
Belsi A, Eves S, Texeira A, Murtagh G, Frame K. First year students’ experiences from online teaching of communication skills at Imperial College London School of Medicine, ICCH 2021
Belsi A, Eves S, Texeira A, Frame K, Murtagh G. Lessons Learnt and Implemented from the first online Simulated Patient Sessions in Clinical Communication at Imperial College School of Medicine ICCH 2021
Clunie, G., Belsi, A., Roe, J.W.G., Alexander, C., Sandhu, G. and McGregor, A. (2020) Not just dyspnoea – swallowing as a concern for adults with laryngotracheal stenosis who undergo reconstructive surgery. Oral presentation. 8th UK SRG Conference, London, UK.
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