West Cumberland Medical Education Centre Staff

Professor John Howarth

Professor John Howarth

Professor John Howarth is a senior clinician with over 30 years’ experience. He is a director of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, leading on service improvement and is Deputy Chief Executive. John is the clinical lead for the Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative (CLIC) and is currently clinically active as a part-time GP.

Val Smart

Dr Valerie Smart

Dr Valerie Smart is the Project Manager based at the West Cumberland Medical Education Centre, where she is involved in the development of a range of courses across the campus. Her background includes a career in biochemistry and genetics research as well as being involved in education.

Stuart McNee

Stuart McNee is the Senior Wellbeing Officer at West Cumberland Medical Education Centre, where he provides general student support and specialist disability, wellbeing and mental health advice/referral for students. Stuart has been involved in education for most of his professional life and has a wealth of experience in pastoral care.

Eric Bater

Dr Eric Bater

Dr Eric Bater is the academic lead for the Physician Associate programme of the West Cumberland Medical education centre. Previously a GP, he has been involved in the training of GP registrars for more than two decades

Dawyn Sawyer

Dawyn Sawyer

Dawyn Sawyer, PA-C, graduated from the University of Iowa Physician Assistant programme with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies in 1992.  She worked firstly at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Paediatric GI for 13 years where she saw children for a variety of health care needs and assisted with sedating children who required endoscopic evaluations. For the past 10 years, Dawyn has worked in remote Alaska, teaching Community Health Aides emergency care, acute and chronic care, as well as preventative care of Native Alaskans.

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Hilary Ross

Hilary Ross delivers the English for Academic Purposes and English for Medicine programmes at the Westlakes Medical Educational Centre.  She has a number of years teaching experience in higher education institutions both in the UK and the Middle East.

Matthew Mustain

Matthew Mustain

Matthew Mustain is a practicing Physician Assistant in the United States relocated to the Isle of Man in 2011. He had been a practicing Physician Associate in Phoenix, Arizona since 2002 working in internal medicine with experience in Paediatrics, Perioperative Medicine, and Rheumatology. He also mentored PAs in Phoenix, and taught rheumatology and joint arthrocentesis to medical students and MDs. He has maintained his certification in the USA while helping to expand the Physician Associate role in the UK. He has been a member of the RCP Faculty of Physician Associates since its UK inception. He currently works at West Cumberland Hospital in a newly developing PA role.

Dr Tatiana Gaines

Dr Tatiana Gaines

Dr Tatiana Gaines is an OBGYN physician who trained and practiced medicine for more than 14 years in her native Ukraine. She has worked with not-for-profit woman’s health clinics, NGOs dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health issues, and published research in this area of practice. In 2008, Tatiana was elected an Associate Member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Tatiana is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health and Sciences at a prominent mid-Atlantic university, teaching courses in medical topics at the Graduate and Undergraduate level.  In 2015 Tatiana completed a Master’s Degree in Public Health with Global Health Certificate from UMass Amherst. Tatiana has been a member of the Medical School team at West Cumberland Medical Education Centre since May 2017, teaching on the Physician Associate Studies and the BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences (Foundation Entry) programmes.

Professor Gershan Davis

Gershan Davis is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Consultant Cardiologist at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. He is academic lead for the UCLan West Lakes phase 2 MBBS programme and Hospitalist Medicine MSc programme. His background is in Clinical Cardiology and Medical Education with a career spanning 30 years in medical practice as well as in undergraduate medical education at University of Liverpool and postgraduate Cardiology training with Mersey Deanery. His research interests include imaging of the coronary arteries, effect of obesity on heart rhythm disturbances and clinical education.”

Tom Bell

Tom is the newly appointed Project Manager at the University of Central Lancashire’s West Cumbria Medical Education Centre. His role is to help the University develop the concept of a Digital Health Institute to support the delivery of healthcare in remote and rural areas including Cumbria. This will involve engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, health providers and healthcare users.

Tom has a good mix of programme and project management experience and a track-record of developing effective partnerships in the private, public and plural sectors. He has worked in manufacturing, telecoms, brewing, business support and the NHS.

Dr Catherine Blyth

Catherine currently works part time as a GP in a rural practice in West Cumbria. She has recently started working for UCLAN at the West Cumbria Education Centre in Whitehaven and will be involved in teaching clinical skills.