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The Clinical Education team at DGFT is committed to embracing new challenges and demands, whilst providing high quality evidence-based education and training. We strive to ensure that tomorrow’s clinicians are highly skilled and competent providers of care, who embrace the organisations’ vision to be a highly regarded healthcare provider, driven by the philosophy that people matter.
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To ensure our patients consistently receive safe and effective healthcare, our team facilitates and provides a broad range of clinical courses for:
  • Medical and Physician Associate Students, including international students
  • Non-medical healthcare professionals
  • Medical professionals
  • External healthcare professionals

"No day is ever the same, it's always interesting and you are always learning. It's never boring"

Jenny Novy
Physician Associate Teaching Fellow


Lisa talks about her role supporting the clinical skills team at The Dudley Group


Best Practice

Training is delivered within a simulated environment with a focus on promoting best practice. Our Clinical Education Team continues to support staff and students during their skills consolidation. Our approach to clinical education allows us to identify individuals who may benefit from additional support and training, to whom we can offer bespoke one-to-one training sessions, if required.
Face fit training and demonstration of the mask fitted
Furthermore, the Clinical Education team has several other roles and responsibilities, such as:
  • Training all of the Trust’s Key Face Fit Testers

  • Training Clinical Key Trainers, such as Practice Development Practitioners, in multiple clinical skills

  • Writing, reviewing and updating several of the Trust’s Clinical Guidelines, Policies and Standard Operating procedures

  • Attending various strategic Trust meetings

  • Working closely with the Undergraduate and Postgraduate departments to facilitate and act as examiners in Undergraduate and Postgraduate exams, such as OSCEs and PACES.

  • Participating in the Vaccination Hub to support medical students.

  • Working closely with the digital media team to create, review and update digital content (e.g. Tomorrow’s Clinicians videos).

  • Facilitate the Medical Work Experience Programme.

  • Auditing and supporting several Trust-wide projects.

Clinical Education


The Clinical Education Office and Clinical Skills lab are based in the Clinical Education Centre (CEC), 1st floor,  South Block, Russells Hall Hospital.

You may also see us across several clinical areas, supporting our students and colleagues. Feel free to approach us, if you have any queries.

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Margaret Cooksey

Clinical Education Manager

This is a portrait photograph of Sarah Fullwood

Sarah Fullwood

Interprofessional Senior Educator

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Helena Vasconcelos

Senior Clinical Educator

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Rachel Jordison

Senior Clinical Educator

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Karen Cottrell

Clinical Educator

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Beth Powell-Hawker

Clinical Educator

Victoria Perry

Clinical Educator

Lynn Badger

Clinical Educator

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Robert Louis

Clinical Educator

Nila Patel

Clinical Educator

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Simon Nicklin

Clinical Education Technician

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Lisa Perkins

Clinical Education Facilitator


Simon talks about his experiences as a Clinical Education Technician at The Dudley Group.

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“Interprofessional Education (IPE) occurs when two or more professions learn about, from and with each other in order to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes”

 World Health Organisation 2010

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World Health Organization 2010 Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

Interprofessional Education is well implemented within teaching curricula at The Dudley Group. We have a long history of providing a range of learning opportunities to deliver IPE to undergraduate and postgraduate multiprofessional groups, stretching back to 2007.

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Effective care delivered within the hospital and community setting requires multiprofessional healthcare teams to work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.

The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, an ageing population, greater focus on mental health, together with advancements in health care technology and the growing complexity of health care delivery, plus many other factors have all contributed to the need for coordination and integration of health and social care through a multidisciplinary approach.

NHS England (2014) Five Year Forward


Boundaries which define the roles and responsibilities of individual professions are becoming less clear and there is increasing overlap of knowledge and skills. The provision of effective patient care now depends much more on the individual practitioner’s understanding of the need to collaborate within and between healthcare teams.

Clinical Skills courses

for Medics

Our current list of courses:

Clinical skills icons representing an ECG, venepuncture, gloves, nasogastric tube, catheter, blood pressure and oxygen
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This is a photograph showing staff in a chest drain workshop

Chest Drain Insertion

Medic inserting a needle into a training mannequin in a lumbar puncture workshop

Lumbar Puncture

Abdominal Parascentesis

Nasogastric Tube Insertion

Student inserting a nasogastric tube into a training mannequin


Following National Patient Safety Alerts (NPSA), this is now mandatory. All doctors who interpret chest x-rays for positioning of nasogastric tubes must attend this training. This also applies to doctors on an on-call rota.


    • Cannulation
    • Venepuncture/blood cultures
    • IV drug administration/IV fluids administration
    • 12 Lead ECG Recording
    • Catheterisation
    • Subcutaneous and Intramuscular injections
    • Blood Glucose Measurements (point of care)
    • Bladder Scanning (dependent on availability of the trainer)
    • Arterial blood gas sampling (dependent on trainer availability)
    • Blood Gas Analyser training (dependent on trainer availability)

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