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5 Minutes With...Nadine Engineer, Faculty Development Manager

Nadine joined our team in January as our new Faculty Development Manager. Her role involves recruiting new teachers, keeping records of existing teachers and arranging teacher training and the Annual Teachers' Conference.

We had a quick chat with Nadine to find out more about her.

·         What is your role within the department and how long have you been here?

I have been here for 2 months now, my job title is Primary Care Faculty Development Manager and my role is to aid the Faculty Development lead to recruit and retain more GPs to teach medical students out in GP Practices across north west London.  

•        What does your role involve?

I organise the Imperial GP teacher training course, designed for GPs that are new to teaching for us, or as a refresher for more experienced teachers. I also organise the Imperial ASTIC course, which supports GPs teachers to update their skills over a variety of topics such as coaching/mentoring and feedback skills. In some cases I target GPs and Practices directly to assess the teaching capacity within the Practice and whether there are a number of GPs within a Practice that may want to develop their teaching skills.

In addition, working with our Faculty Development lead I help to monitor the quality of student teaching provided within Practices, and go out to visit Practices if they are new to teaching and to Imperial.

•        What do you enjoy most about your role?

Working with the GP education team and seeing a new teacher through to taking students for the first time.

•        Tell us about your outside interests

I'm a keen gardener and have an allotment at the back of my garden where I grow much of my own veg. Most summer weekends are spent in the garden or in our two greenhouses nurturing tomatoes and cucumbers!

•        Tell us something groovy/interesting about yourself 

I'm a Londoner and grew up in south west London. I'm a bit of racial mix, my father is Indian and my mother is Italian, but this means you get to know about the best of both these worlds and have relatives dotted about across the globe that you can visit!

•        What were you doing prior to this/what’s your background?

I did my degree in Archaeology, however I then ended up in the management of postgraduate junior doctor training for over 10 years until recently moving to Imperial. Two very different fields of work!

•        You’re marooned on a desert island – which 3 people (real or fictional, dead or alive) would you choose to be marooned with?

If I was marooned on a desert island, the 3 people I would choose to be with are Barack and Michelle Obama, and Monty Don.


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