Dr Low-Beer combined her specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with academic medicine, initially focusing on research into vaginal microbicides and more recently on educational research and curriculum development. She was awarded her MD 2004 and her Masters in Surgical Education in 2011, both by Imperial. In 2008 she became the first National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Lecturer in Medical Education in the UK. Dr Low-Beer was appointed Consultant Gynaecologist in 2012 at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust and has combined this with leadership roles in medical education. She is currently Vice Dean (Education) for the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine), a joint medical school between Imperial and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Dr Low-Beer has been at the forefront of initiatives to deliver gynaecology services in primary care settings, and has a particular interest in patient engagement projects. Her main clinical interest is in reproductive medicine. She set up the UK’s first menopause service for HIV positive women.
Dr Low-Beer led the development of the Chelsea and Westminster FGM service in 2010, working with colleagues in midwifery, obstetrics and sexual health. She ran this service until 2014, prior to her secondment to Singapore. This innovative integrated service for women with female genital mutilation has recieved a number of national awards, and in 2012 received the prestigious All Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity, for ‘most marked improvement in services to address health inequalities’ and ‘best example of a service for women with complex medical needs in pregnancy’
Research and Education
Dr Low-Beer’s MD research project was sponsored by the Medical Research Council. It involved a series of studies to investigate the safety and efficacy of vaginally-administered dextrin sulphate gel, as a microbicide to prevent HIV transmission. More recently she has studied the impact of HIV and its treatment on obstetric and neonatal outcomes. She has co-authored national guidelines on HIV management in pregnancy for the British HIV Association, and was lead author for the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists green top guideline on HIV in pregnancy.
Dr Low-Beer has published on a number of areas of medical education, including curriculum development, assessment, and task analysis in simulator design. In 2008 she represented Imperial as a member of the National Undergraduate Curriculum Working Group for the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, which devised the UK’s first specialty undergraduate curriculum, and in conjunction with this she was responsible for a number of curriculum projects at Imperial.
The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
Since January 2011 Dr Low-Beer has had a lead role in curriculum design and implementation for LKCMedicine, initially as Curriculum Development Lead and since April 2013 as Vice Dean (Education). LKCMedicine opened its doors to the inaugural cohort of 54 students on 5th August 2013. Dr Low-Beer oversees on-going development of LKCMedicine’s innovative curriculum by the curriculum development team at Imperial, as well as its delivery and evaluation in Singapore. She is currently on secondment from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to enable her to focus completely on her role as Vice Dean (Education) in Singapore.
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et al., 2011, Hidden practice revealed: using task analysis and novel simulator design to evaluate the teaching of digital rectal examination, American Journal of Surgery, Vol:201, ISSN:0002-9610, Pages:46-53
Low-Beer N, Lupton M, Higham J, 2010, A novel method of defining the core objectives of a specialty undergraduate curriculum, Medical Education, Vol:44, ISSN:0308-0110, Pages:1120-1120
et al., 2008, British HIV Association and Children's HIV Association guidelines for the management of HIV infection in pregnant women 2008, Hiv Medicine, Vol:9, ISSN:1464-2662, Pages:452-502
et al., 2008, Adapting and implementing PACES as a tool for undergraduate assessment, Clinical Teacher, Vol:5, ISSN:1743-4971, Pages:239-244