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The interface between research and health care: implementing evidence in Northwest London

In September 2016, five new quality improvement initiatives were launched across NHS organisations in Northwest London supported by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). The CLAHRC NWL programme undertakes research to develop and evaluate strategies for implementing research evidence through the use of quality improvement (QI) to improve outcomes and experience for patients.

The projects include collaborations with a range of organisations in Northwest London, building on seven years of experience of the CLAHRC programme in delivering improvement projects. Clinical teams at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have developed two of the projects. One project will work with patients to develop and deliver patient-centred protocols for the delivery of non-invasive ventilation, an evidence-based treatment for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It is hoped that enhanced patient-centred protocols will improve outcomes and experience for …

Open Access Publishing: Are You REF Compliant?

From April 2016 the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) requires that, for journal articles and conference papers to be eligible for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), they must be deposited in a repository. To be REF compliant, accepted manuscripts should be deposited in a college-based repository within three months of the date of acceptance for publication. Use this workflow to ensure your work meets the requirements of your funders and the post-2014 REF..For more information download Imperial’s Open Access Guide.For more help contact the Library Open Access team.

Changes to Leadership of Teaching in the School of Public Health

The Imperial College School of Public Health has a new Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies, Professor Paul Aylin. Professor Aylin has been the Director of Undergraduate Education for a number of years and he will now lead on and support some key initiatives and developments for our postgraduate teaching. Professor Aylin has overseen undergraduate education for many years, and before that he played an important role in developing modules for the MSc Epidemiology and Masters in Public Health. He is also Co-Director of the Dr Foster Unit.
The new Director of Undergraduate Education replacing Professor Aylin is Dr Sonia Kumar, who takes on this role in addition to her existing role as Director of Undergraduate Primary Care Education. Since her arrival at Imperial College, the GP teaching team has doubled in size and she has been part of a number of successful bids to support innovative teaching projects. Her current interests lie in innovative approaches to teaching and learning set…

General practitioner referrals to memory clinics

Do complex, time-consuming and variable memory-clinic referral criteria contribute to delays in the diagnosis of dementia? This is the question we looked at in a paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine today. When we looked at the criteria used by memory clinics in London, we found very variable combinations of cognitive tests, laboratory blood tests, urine tests and physical examination were in use.

Harvard-Imperial visit

September saw key members of the senior faculty team from Imperial College including our Director, Dr Sonia Kumar and Deputy Head of Undergraduate Medicine, Dr Jo Harris visit Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a fact finding mission.
Harvard’s new medical curriculum “Pathways” has the integration of clinically relevant science and early patient exposure at its core, and this is woven into the fabric of all their teaching sessions. This ethos is plain to see in their small group teaching as well as their new “Practice of Medicine” course. Faculty members were able to participate in some of these highly engaging student roleplays and take part in a tutorial on the topic of empathy in medical students.
Healthcare is obviously managed in a different way in the United States however Cambridge is possibly more similar to the UK model since this hosts one of the few publicly funded hospitals in the country. Primary Care also has a different meaning and comprises not just Gener…

An interview with Dr Graham Easton, author of "The Appointment"

On Wednesday 12 October I held an interview with our own Dr Graham Easton, Program Director of our GP training scheme and author of the recently published fictional GP surgery book "The Appointment". You can listen to the full audio of the appointment on our new Soundcloud page here

Ben Broglia: What do you find rewarding about teaching Imperial students?
Graham Easton: One of the great things is teaching people who are enthusiastic, keen, bright and passionate, which helps me refocus on why I went into medicine. It’s easy to get bogged down in the details of surgery, and teaching gives me the opportunity to step back. It gives me a chance to reflect on what we do and refresh my clinical skills, such as the neurological exam which I hated as a student! The final thing for me is the thrill of inspiring students, and the challenge of explaining a topic.
BB: You recently had published a new book “The Appointment”, the story of a fictional morning surgery. What inspired you to wri…

Faculty Teaching Forum - Wednesday 16 November 2016

On Wednesday 16 November 2016 the GP Teaching Team are organising a celebration of medical education around the theme “Tomorrow’s World: Educating Scientists, Doctors and Leaders of the future” in conjunction with the Faculty of Medicine. This annual event brings together faculty staff, clinicians and researchers for an exciting afternoon of innovative workshops, inspirational speeches, and of course the much-loved NHS Teachers Awards.
This year, we are very proud to welcome Visiting Professor of Surgical Education at the University of Oxford Richard Canter to give the keynote speech on the subject of leadership, and are looking forward to an afternoon panel debate on medical student selection.

Our workshop programme this year focuses on some of the current and future developments in medical education being spearheaded by Imperial College, including the use of Virtual Reality and Digital Learning and longitudinal integrated apprenticeships as seen in our pilot ICA course which launched …

Portfolio Careers SCM Report - by student Giles Kisby

This placement has been a real eye opener into the range of work that GPs get involved with.  Within just the first week I followed GPs at Chelsea and Westminster working in the urgent care centre, in Hounslow working to replace inappropriate admissions to hospital with better support in the community and also travelled to Harrow to attend a Macmillan CCG meeting looking to better manage end of life care.

I have always enjoyed my GP attachments but never before have I been exposed to the range of non-clinical work which many GPs get involved with.  This placement brought that side to the forefront - showcasing a diverse array of extra-clinical interests.  A good example was an evening with Dr Radha at Radio 1 for her programme "The Surgery" (inset) - not work I would traditionally associate with being a general practitioner!  Similarly I was able to join Dr Easton plan a piece on Acromegaly for BBC World Service - I can only thank Professor Meeran for firmly instilling in me…

Primary Care Education Research update - by Jo Horsburgh

At the start of this new academic year the team continues to be busy with many educational research projects across the range of  undergraduate primary care education. This includes collecting data from students and teachers to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of some new teaching initiatives including the year 3 ‘Medicine in the Community’ and year 5 ‘Integrated Clinical Apprenticeship’ pilots. We will report back on these findings in future newsletters, whilst some initial findings from these projects and others will be presented at the Society for Academic Primary Care conference at Madingley Hall in January. Other current research projects include looking at the use of augmented and virtual reality (AR & VR) in primary care teaching, teaching students about palliative care and researching their attitudes towards this, and also introducing students to health coaching and evaluating its use.

If you would be interested in finding out more about any of these projects, please c…

Integrated Dermatology / Paediatric Update - by Dr Emma Metters

Year 5 Integrated Dermatology GP Course: We have had a great start to the year with several groups of very enthusiastic students that have completed their rotations so far. The engagement in the departmental sessions has been brilliant and the students seem to be enjoying the breadth that the course covers.  I have been working with the hospital course lead, Dr James Shelley, and we have been looking at which topics get taught where in the course and there is a planned move towards teaching more ‘skin infections’ in primary care, which I think many of you are already doing as they are such common primary care problems.  We are also trying to rationalise the number of sign offs required for this attachment and we will be in touch when we have any updates.

Year 5 GP-Paediatric Enrichment Week:
This enrichment week is continuing to go well.  I have heard from several tutors regarding exciting new contacts and opportunities they are arranging for students such as time with social services, …

Year 5 GPPHC Course Update - by Dr Ali Dhankot

The Year 5 GPPHC course continues to thrive and I am very excited to have taken over as course lead from my predecessor, Dr Neil Browning. There have been some important updates this year with the aim of reducing the number of assignments that need to be submitted, so please take a few moments to read the revised course guide.  A new DOPS, the 6-week baby check, has been introduced which we hope will give students a unique insight into this aspect of primary care.

Feedback from our students shows much they value being able to consult independently and then discuss the cases with their tutor. They also enjoy the diversity and complexity of the patients they see in primary care, and often it is an eye opener for students, with many of their previous pre conceptions and ideas of what GPs do completely dispelled.

Please keep in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns regarding the course and thank you once again for hosting and teaching our students.

School of Public Health Mentoring Scheme

The School of Public Health and its Opportunities Committee are pleased to announce the launch of a mentoring scheme. The School is committed to mentoring and recognises the important role it can play in supporting career advancement and increasing effectiveness and confidence.

Our mentoring scheme is currently open to all staff (academic, research and professional/support). We are keen to support a variety of mentoring relationships:
with senior staff or peers short and long term relationships At whatever stage of your career we encourage you to think about whether having a mentor would be helpful to you.

The School has run workshops for mentors over the summer and if you would like to receive mentoring then please complete the contact form at

Requests will be kept confidential and the more information you can provide, the better we will be able to…

Mental health: Experiences from working in a mother and baby unit

Bhakti Visani, a GP ST1 trainee talks about her psychiatric placement in a mother and baby unit. During my F2 year I undertook a 4 month psychiatry placement, based in a mother and baby unit. Before starting, psychiatry was definitely not in my top 5 list of coveted jobs. I initially saw it as just having to ‘get through’ the 4 months. Little did I know that this specialised cocktail of psychiatry, obstetrics and paediatrics would afford me the opportunity to learn about topics that will be invaluable to me as a GP. To me, the most important of these were risk assessment in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and being aware of which services to call upon in different scenarios.
The ward itself was very homely, accommodating up to 7 mothers with their babies at a time. It was different to my previous experience of a general psychiatry ward, as it fostered a calm and nurturing environment for the service users. The nature of these womens’ illnesses inevitably made them vulnerable, …

Actions we have taken to boost the profile of general practice teaching at Imperial College

One of the objectives of the Department if Primary Care and Public Health is to raise the profile of General Practice within the medical school. Some of the initiatives we have started to achieve this aim include:
Employing more GPs in academic rolesIncreasing the number of community teaching placements for medical studentsSetting up new Special Study Modules (e.g. in health inequalities, prison medicine)Integrating undergraduate teaching in general practice with postgraduate training of GP Specialist TraineesWorking more closely with GP Training Schemes (such as the Imperial GP Training Programme) to offer GP trainees experience in teaching medical studentsHold an annual careers day in collaboration with Health Education NW London and the Hammersmith & Fulham GP FederationEstablished an undergraduate GP societyEncourage our academic GPs to be more active on social media, and to publish and present their work in academic forumsHold an annual GP Teachers Forum and regular short cou…

Teaching Tips series: Giving Constructive Feedback

Feedback helps answer: “How am I doing?” and “How can I get better?”

It has been described as an essential element of the educational process that can help trainees reach their maximum potential (1). Feedback links the teaching and assessment roles of teachers and demonstrates your commitment to the learners (2).

With this in mind here are my top tips to giving constructive feedback:
Think about HOW, WHERE and WHEN you will give feedbackSignpost: Students do not often recognise feedback unless they know it is coming

B - Balanced -       Include positive and negative comments – what worked and what could be done differently. Give choices and suggestions for improvement.
O - Observed -      Base feedback on what you have observed: "I saw..." "I heard you say...". Focus on 2-3 points to avoid overwhelming the learner.
O - Objective -      Describe actions and behaviour, not personality. Take ownership of your feedback.
S - Specific -          Provide details rather than …

A View from the Community - Dr Dana Beale

As part of our View from the Community series of articles, our Year 6 Specialty Choice Lead Dr Ros Herbert interviewed community teacher Dr Dana Beale, to get the inside track on what it's like being a community teacher for Imperial College. To read more articles like this, please sign up to our newsletter by emailing

Dana, tell me what first got you interested in homeless medicine? "Incredibly I was inspired by the same module I did as a student at Imperial College that I am now teaching on! Back then it was 'medical and social care of the homeless' and was based at the surgery for the homeless in Great Chapel Street - a fabulous service that showed me that primary care tailored to this vulnerable and challenging group existed and I promised myself there and then that I would return to work in this field."

What makes you so enthusiastic about this work? "I find this line of work a breath of fresh air; at times incredibly challenging …

GP Careers Conference

On Wednesday 7 September, the keynote speaker at the NW London GP Careers day was Dr Tracey Batten, Chief Executive of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. The event was organised jointly by Imperial College, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Hammersmith & Fulham GP Federation, and Health Education NW England. The conference provides an opportunity to learn about career opportunities in primary care in NW London. Dr Batten spoke about plans for the future of the NHS in NW London; and the need for strong collaborative working between different sectors of the NHS. Other speakers from the Department of Primary Care and Public Health included Dr Samia Hassan, Dr David Mummery, Dr Martin Block, Dr Nigel de Kare-Silver, Dr Ravi Parekh, Dr Maham Stanyon, Dr Jens Foel, and medical student Ms Bassit Malik. The presentations from the meeting can be viewed on the Imperial College website.

The Appointment by Dr Graham Easton featured on Radio 2 Book Club

The Appointment written by Imperial College GP Dr Graham Easton will be featured on the Radio 2 Fact not Fiction Book Club on Thursday 1 September. The book was selected with the help of a panel made up of Reading Agency and library staff from across the UK.

The Appointment
Despite the modern trend towards empowering patients and giving them more choice, the nuts and bolts of medical practice largely remain a mystery – a closed box. In fact, the more health information is available on the internet, the more patients can feel swamped and confused. The Appointment offers an intimate and honest account of how a typical GP tries to make sense of a patient’s health problems and manage them within the constraints of their health system and the short ten minute appointment. Experienced GP Dr Graham Easton shows how GPs really think, lays bare their professional strengths and weaknesses, and exposes what really influences their decisions about their patients’ health.

Selection panel review

Summer 2016 Newsletter

The Summer 2016 Newsletter from the Department of Primary Care and Public Health came out today. Our lead story was about the Imperial College teaching awards won by four of our academic GPs: Dr Sonia Kumar, Dr Joanne Harris, Dr Rosalind Herbert and Dr Elizabeth Muir Sonia Kumar received the President’s Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence, the highest award for teaching at Imperial College. Dr Joanne Harris, Dr Rosalind Herbert and Dr Elizabeth Muir received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Of the 14 awards made for teaching excellence at Imperial College London in 2016, four were made to academic GPs, which reflects the excellent work of the Undergraduate Teaching Unit and the support we have received from the NHS GPs who help deliver our teaching programmes.

Congratulations to Dr Beena Gohil

Every year, Imperial College London gives out Teaching Excellence Awards to NHS teachers. This year, we were very pleased that an award was given to one of our GP teachers, Dr Beena Gohil from the Oldfield Family Practice in Greenford. The students who had been placed with Dr Gohil for their primary care teaching were very positive about their experience with her.

"I very much enjoyed my placement with Dr Gohil. She took the time out of her day to teach me about different aspects of general practice, and when I expressed my interest in becoming a GP, she gave me invaluable insight into her role in the community”.

"In addition to learning about general practice, Dr Gohil also allowed me the opportunity to find out more about the career and lifestyle of a GP. This was invaluable for a 5th year student who has many career decisions to make over the next 3 years. I felt I was able to ask Dr Gohil about her practice, her training and her lifestyle in order to get a real insight …

Everyone has a story - Kimberley Chin-Goh reflects on her experiences at a homeless clinic

Links for Academic F2 Doctors

A View from the Undergraduate Teaching Community, with Dr Dana Beale

Leadership Training in Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Response

At the request of the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO), Imperial College London and it’s WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training (ICL-WHO CC) organised three days of bespoke intensive training tailored to develop and build the capacity of a cohort of mid-level and senior health professionals in Leadership in Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Response under PIP (Pandemic Influenza Preparedness) Framework. This intensive training intended to equip health professionals with the tools required to manage their selves, organisations, services they provide and health systems they work in, efficiently and effectively, with particular emphasis on epidemic and pandemic situations. The content of the training is built around the best practices observed in recent epidemic and pandemic situations as well as WHO guidance for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response and aims to help participants become more effective, efficient and successf…

Welcome to Dr Melek Somai

Dr Melek Somai is a new faculty member at the Global eHealth Unit (GeHU). Melek is a physician, biostatistician, and public health professional with expertise in clinical informatics and global health innovation. In his new role as teaching fellow in eLearning and eHealth at the Global eHealth Unit, Melek will lead the implementation of the GeHU visionary program in Health Information Technology and Innovation. Melek will be leading the efforts of the Global eHealth Unit to increase its capacity building programme in developing countries and its innovation and technology courses for the Masters Degree Program in Public Health. He is also a co-investigator of the EIT Health CARE CAMPUS program that aims to transform Active Ageing in Europe through the development of an innovative training curriculum for carers.

Before joining us, Melek was a Fulbright scholar and a faculty member at the Division of Clinical Informatics at Harvard Faculty Medical Physicians, which he held with a joint …

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Message from the President of Imperial College London on the EU Referendum

"Imperial College London is, and will remain, a European university, whatever your view of the referendum outcome. We are very proud of the innovations, ideas and inspiration that come from the European members of Imperial’s global community. We are determined that political changes will not hold Imperial back from delivering excellence in research and education for the benefit of global society. We will vigorously defend our international values if they are threatened and will continue to think and act internationally. Our European students, staff and partners are crucial to the current and future success of this great university, and we look forward to continued strong ties with Europe and the world over the coming years. We are urgently seeking clarification from the government on the visa and fee status of non-UK European Union students, as well as other key policy areas for the College as the UK negotiates its future relationship with Europe. We will update the community, a…

Joint meeting with the Tri-Borough Public Health Team

On Friday June 23, the Imperial School of Public Health held a joint meeting with the Tri-Borough Public Health Team, which covers the London boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster. We had a productive meeting in which we discussed areas for collaboration for health improvement in NW London.

President’s 2016 Awards and Medals for Excellence in Teaching

Many congratulations to academic GPs Dr Sonia Kumar, Dr Joanne Harris, Dr Rosalind Herbert and Dr Elizabeth Muir for being recognised for their contribution to teaching at Imperial College London. Sonia Kumar received the President’s Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence, the highest award for teaching at Imperial College. Dr Joanne Harris, Dr Rosalind Herbert and Dr Elizabeth Muir received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Of the 14 awards made for teaching excellence at Imperial College London in 2016, four were made to academic GPs, which reflects the excellent work of the Undergraduate Teaching Unit in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health.

Surviving (and hopefully passing) CSA

Dr Ravi Parekh ST3 GP trainee & ACF
Throughout my years in GP VTS training the three letters C, S and A have been hanging over my head like a grey cloud. There seemed to be an incredible hype and fear surrounding the exam with rumours flying around, to the extent that I was surprised on the day to see that the examiners were actually real human beings and not monsters! I thought it might be useful to share some of my experiences in preparing for the exam, and the actual day itself for those who will be sitting the exam in the future. As medics, we are all very familiar with exams and I am sure each candidate understands which revision technique works well for them– so I must emphasise this is my experience and by no means the “right” or “best” way to approach CSA.
Preparation… The most important thing that helped me in preparing for the CSA was practise, practise and more practise. Amongst the ST3s in our VTS we formed a revision group,   initially gathering once a week (after VTS tea…

Imperial College GP Society

A group of enthusiastic students at Imperial College School of Medicine set up a General Practice Society (ICGPS) back in 2014, with the aim of developing and promoting an interest in General Practice amongst medical students of all year groups. 2 years on, we have a rapidly growing society, now with 79 members and almost 300 people subscribed to our mailing list!

Most recently, we held an event entitled ‘Specialist Careers in General Practice,’ on Tuesday 15th March 2016, where we wanted to show medical students the very varied career paths within General Practice. We had 4 very kind and interesting speakers, with incredibly diverse interests – Dr Graham Easton as a medical journalist, Dr Dana Beale with a special interest in working with the homeless, Dr Jasmin Malik who has experience with tropical/wilderness medicine and works as a part time GI endoscopist, and Dr Will Wall as a British Army GP.

If you have any suggestions for further events, or would like ICGPS to advertise rele…

Innovative Education using Medical Humanities - a review of our recent Medical Humanities conference by Helen McGeown

Innovative Education using Medical Humanities

Throughout my medical degree and foundation training, I have had few opportunities to engage in learning styles other than those focused on learning and retaining information. Having fond memories of my A-level English class, where we were encouraged to explore ideas rather than regurgitate facts, I was excited to attend Imperial’s conference on Innovative Education using Medical Humanities.
The conference programme included a diverse range of speakers, including an actor, a music therapist and a sculptor, as well as doctors and medical students with strong interests in medical humanities. Giskin Day, lead for medical humanities teaching at Imperial provided an introduction to the concept of medical humanities as well as facilitating creative activities, my favourite of which was ‘prescription poetry’ (see picture)
Speakers at the conference convincingly argued for the inclusion of medical humanities as a core aspect of all medical curricula…

All Hail Red Whale: reflections on the GP update course

By Maham Stanyon, GPVTS ST2
Do you practise according to guidelines? Can you hand on heart, pen to prescription pad, say that you are up to date with the latest recommendations in managing pre-diabetes, preventing falls in the elderly, and can rattle off the latest NICE cancer guidelines with confidence? Even before you get to the guidance itself, there is the dilemma of which one to read; keeping up to date with NICE, SIGN, Royal College recommendations and various expert panels is a full time job in itself, let alone treating patients, tending to QOF targets, carrying out audits and engaging with eportfolio. Even with 10 minutes per patient, where is the room in our day for browsing the latest updates?
Enter the Red Whale GP update course; a course compiled by practising GPs giving an intelligent focused breakdown of the latest evidence in everything that presents to general practice. During our one-day course, akin to a normal clinic, we went from atrial fibrillation and cows’ milk p…

All Medical Students should go to jail!

by Dr Ros Herbert, Health Inequalities and Medical Education SCM Course Lead (

This was the pitch made to a panel of 'Dragons' at the Society of Academic Primary Care conference in Cambridge recently. Modeled on the popular TV show, Dragons’ Den, a team made up of Giskin Day( Medical humanities Lecturer), medical student Hannah Tullett and myself, tried to persuade the panel to invest in
an innovative new module in health inequalities that has been piloted very successfully at Imperial College.

We argued that not only should medical students go to jail, but also to refugee clinics and homeless shelters – all settings in which practising medicine is particularly challenging. research shows that medical students often become less sympathetic to patients with social deprivation as they go through medical school. This is probably because these patients are most often seen in accident & emergency when problems are acute. Students have little exposure to …

Professor Mala Rao appointed as Vice Chair of NHS Workforce Race Equality Standards Advisory Group

Professor Mala Rao, Senior Clinical Fellow at the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, has been nominated to serve as the Vice Chair of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standards Advisory Group established by Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England and Lord David Prior of Brampton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health with responsibility for NHS productivity. Set up with the aim of addressing racism and ethnic inequalities in the NHS workforce, the Group is chaired by Sir Keith Pearson, Chair of Health Education England and includes as its members, all the Chairs of the NHS family of organisations or their representatives. The Group was launched following the publication of two reports in 2014. One highlighted ethnic disparities in senior leadership positions in the NHS, and the other, led by Professor Rao, explored the likely drivers of lower levels of wellbeing in England’s ethnic minority population including in the NHS workforce.

NIHR CLAHRC joins the School of Public Health

The Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Northwest London has moved from the Department of Medicine to join the School of Public Health’s Department of Primary Care and Public Health. CLAHRC is a research programme funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) that aims to address the ‘second translational gap’ – this is the gap that exists between research knowledge and clinical practice – it is hoped that by addressing this gap we can better understand how research can be implemented, delivering improved patient outcomes and experience and supporting the effective organisation and delivery of healthcare.

The CLAHRC Northwest London, funded since 2008, is hosted by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with Imperial College London as its lead academic partner, but engages with all healthcare providers and commissioners across north west London. CLAHRC Northwest London is a research programme that specifically aims to …