I am an research fellow in Imperial College's Medical Education Research Unit. My clinical education research interests centre around prevention, preparedness for practice, sustainable healthcare, innovation and quality improvement. I have broader educational research interests relating to diversity & equitable participation, professional identity, the links between assessment and learning behaviour, academic motivation, well-being, educational value and self-efficacy. I also support educational professional development across our Clinical Teaching Fellow network.
MA clinical Education | 2016-17 | King’s College London
- Dissertation: “Consternation, confrontation and collaboration: narratives of medical students broaching obesity in primary care”
Aurora leadership programme | 2016 | leadership foundation for higher education
- A role model for the 2019-20 cohort
Certified Diploma in Clinical Education | 2014-16 | King’s College London
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
PG Cert Academic practice in higher education | 2013-14 | King’s College London
- Dissertation: Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships and their impact on professional identity
MBBS (GPEP) | 2010 | King’s College London
ACCA Cert Dip Accounting & Finance | 1999 | London School Of Business & Finance
- Management & Leadership Strategy; Financial Interpretation; Management & Financial Accounting
BSc (Hons) Physics & Music | 1988 | Cardiff University
- Chair of the Physics Society
- ASME/GMC Excellent Medical Education Awards 2019, winner undergraduate category 2019
- Aspire award for student participation received on behalf of MERU and the Medical School at AMEE Annual Scientific Meeting, Basel 2018
- Silver medal for best oral presentation at Transform MedEd Conference, Singapore 2018
- Winner of the Education Prize at the Society for Academic Primary Care Conference, Oxford 2015
- Winner of the Best Short Presentation Prize at the International Clinical Skills Conference, Prato 2013
- Winner of Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) student prize 2010
- Winner of Student Elective Poster Prize 2010
- London RCGP prize 2009 – finalist
- Sustainability through Quality Improvement (KCL online 2020); Employee Wellbeing in Healthcare (Margate 2020); ASME (Glasgow 2019); AMEE (Vienna 2019); AMEE (Basel 2018, Aspire award recipient);RCGP (Liverpool 2017); ASME (Exeter 2017); WONCA (Helsinki 2016); Medical Humanities Pan-London Conference (Imperial 2016); Mindfulness in Medical Education Pan-London Conference (KCL 2015); AMEE (Glasgow 2015); Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship conferences (Keele & Exeter 2014-15); Diversity & Innovation in Clinical Skills (Prato 2015); Building Bridges between Simulation & Practice (Prato 2013) Homeless & Inclusion Health (UCL 2013); City Health Conference (London 2014); Health Inequalities HERON Conference (London 2014); Society for Academic Primary Care Conferences (Edinburgh, Oxford & annual regional meetings at Madingley)
Leadership roles and initiatives
- KUMEC: I led the King’s Undergraduate Medical Education in the Community (KUMEC) programme for years 1 & 2, where I was responsible for teaching on eliciting a history, long-term conditions, health equity and access to healthcare, obesity, and behaviour change. I took a lead role in designing the MBBS Curriculum 2020 Longitudinal GP Placement, and I was appointed module lead.
- Practice of Medicine: I led the Practice of Medicine strand in the outgoing KCL curriculum, which included General Practice, Public Health, Clinical Skills, Law & Ethics, Communication, Clinical Skills, the Psychology & Sociology of Health, where I was responsible for upgrading of the quality of written assessments as well as supporting our subject leads in updating content.
- Human Values: At KCL, I worked with our Clinical Communication colleagues with support from our psychology of health lecturers to introduce behaviour change teaching into our Human Values Stage 1 scenarios. I worked with our professionalism lead to introduced positive professional development into current professionalism teaching.
- Clinical Humanities: I built a collaboration with KCL's Dental School, the Cultural Institute and the Department of Medical Humanities to incorporate a clinical humanities project into their Stage 2 GP Placement, where students are achieving clinical learning outcomes through the humanities. I secured £10,000 prize award money through the D'Oyly Carte Chartitable Trust to distribute over 5 years.
- Assessment: I was Deputy Assessment Lead for Year 1 in KCL’s outgoing curriculum, supporting the quality of written assessments; I have worked with the OSCE Management Group to introduced domain-based marking, originally piloted in the Y2 history station, now rolled out across all OSCEs.
- Sustainable Healthcare: I have been working closely with the Sustainable Healthcare Education Network to introduce concepts of sustainable healthcare into the curriculum. Healthcare sustainability is now part of our Quality Improvement project module and associated write-up. I have recently delivered a global health webinar, and major plenary session with Charlie Kenward at the RCGP annual conference on this topic. I am an education committee member at the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare Oxford (voluntary basis) an on their quality improvement group.
- Quality Improvement: I piloted quality improvement projects in KCL's primary care placements (see publication list); and supported the introduction of Quality Improvement into MBBS Curriculum as a member of the Quality Improvement Working Group. I am supporting the quality improvement curriculum at Imperial College.
- Widening Participation: My aim is to increase patient, public and student participation in the curriculum, its delivery and assessment. I have instigated student and clinical teacher participation groups within KUMEC. I delivered an annual widening participation lecture on primary care with a large number of students participating as co-hosts. I have a publication on diversity in clinical academia.
- Postgraduate teaching: facilitator on the Masters in Clinical Education at KCL and Masters in Public Health at KCL; assessor on the Masters in Public Health at Imperial College London.
- Clinical teaching: Year 1 and 2 clinical locum teaching; clinical skills teacher; phase 3 simulation teaching at RCGP Euston Square, phase 4 behaviour change skills teaching, year 2 & phase 5 clinical role play facilitator.
- Faculty development: I have designed and delivered AoME accredited educational faculty development for our clinical teaching fellows, which has also been provided to Buckinghamshire NHS Trust. I have contributed to workshops on behaviour change, addressing obesity, interprofessional communication, working across language barriers, workshop facilitation, feedback, teaching in small groups, introduction to teaching for KUMEC, practical applications of educational theory, peer review, collaborative care planning, and the clinical humanities. I participate regularly in peer observation of teaching.
- Classroom teaching: facilitator for KUMEC year 1&2 seminars; Interprofessional Education workshops on pain management, patient safety, teamwork; Schools Outreach workshops on working with vulnerable patient groups; Global Health teaching on FGM and climate change
- Lectures & symposia: Introduction to General Practice, Eliciting a Medical History, Access to Healthcare, Professionalism, Long-Term Conditions & the Healthcare Team, Opportunistic Health Promotion, The Primary Secondary Care Interface; Outreach lectures on Prisoner and Homeless Health and Primary Care.
- E-learning and blended learning: Addressing Obesity in a Consultation for King’s Health Partners; Sustainable Healthcare section of Quality Improvement e-learning module for GKT School of Medical Education; Stage 2 Longitudinal Placement Module on KEATS (KCL Moodle platform). I have supported the Professional Values and Behaviours theme at Imperial in implementing online quality improvement workshops to over 350 students.
- SSCs and scholarly projects: Learning from Online Patient Narratives (collaboration with James Munro from Care Opinion); Compassion in Medical Education; Behaviour Change Approaches to Obesity; Exercise Prescribing; Undergraduate Research Experience projects in medical education.
et al., 2020, Outpatient learning perspectives at a UK hospital, The Clinical Teacher, ISSN:1743-4971
Vassie C, Smith S, Leedham-Green K, 2020, Factors impacting on retention, success and equitable participation in clinical academic careers: A scoping review and meta-thematic synthesis, Bmj Open, Vol:10, ISSN:2044-6055
et al., 2020, A qualitative analysis of junior doctors' journeys to preparedness in acute care, Bmc Medical Education, Vol:20, ISSN:1472-6920
et al., Hierarchies and tribes: is it time to rethink professional identity formation in health professional education?, ASME Annual Scholarship Meeting 2020