School of Medicine
Harrington Building, HA117
+44 (0) 1772 89 5942
Subject Areas: Health
Helen trained as a Doctor but has now decided to work as a full time academic after enjoying her time at UCLan as a Medical Demonstrator. She has a variety of past teaching experience both in and out of clinical practice and higher education. She particularly enjoys teaching clinical and communication skills and professionalism and hopes to develop the use of simulation within the School of Medicine and pursue research in this field.
Helen undertook her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) at The University of Sheffield, graduating in 2011. After this she undertook the Foundation Programme in South Yorkshire, rotating through a variety of medical and surgical specialties. Throughout this time she delivered clinical and theoretical teaching to both students and peers and completed a “Teaching the Teachers” course.
Following this she took time away from medicine to live in Switzerland and teach skiing and other outdoor activities to international Scouts and Guides. It was at this time that she realised how much she loved teaching and decided to combine this with her medical career.
She returned to England and spent time working in neonatal medicine, which developed her interest in multidisciplinary and inter-professional simulation. After this she gained experience in General Practice and peer to peer teaching.
She worked at a Medical Demonstrator within the School of Medicine for 18 months, working with Physician Associate, Medical and Medical Science students. She completed the Teaching Toolkit Associates Program and hopes to convert this into a PGCert in Higher Education in the next year.
As a Lecturer, Helen mainly works with the Physician Associate students but continues a small amount of work with MBBS and BSc. Medical Science. She teaches anatomy, clinical and communication skills, professionalism and is a case based learning facilitator. She also delivers clinical lectures based on diagnosis and management and is involved in course development, exam writing and admissions. She is an academic advisor and also has a role in supporting Physician Associate students whilst on clinical placement.
She holds an additional responsibility within the School of Medicine by being a Designated Officer for event forms. These are designed to support students with professionalism lapses, welfare and safety concerns and delivering positive feedback.
Helen is involved in the development and examination of the national Physician Associate exams by the Faculty of Physician Associates within the Royal College of Physicians.