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Teaching and Learning

Dr Helen Salisbury

Dr Helen Salisbury is a GP in Oxford and runs the communication skills course at the clinical medical school, ranked as the top medical programme in the UK. She firmly believes that understanding the experiences that people have when they are patients is a vital component of being a good doctor, and she aims much of her teaching to encourage students to go beyond the medical facts of the patients they encounter and to explore the impact that patients’ conditions have on patients’ personal lives.

She is also medical adviser to the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) in the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. This group conducts qualitative research into patients’ experiences of health and illness which is disseminated via both academic publication and on a website for patients,

Dr Salisbury is responsible for developing the HEXI Education and Learning Strategy and the emerging Public and Patient Involvement strategy for the medical school, which needs to consider activity from admissions procedures, curriculum design, teaching, assessment through to governance.

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