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Patient Educators

We have a comprehensive and interactive Patient Educator (PE) programme that is co-ordinated and managed within the Clinical Communication Unit overseen by Dr Elaine Gill.

Patients and actors are trained to work directly with students and support them in patient-centred learning in clinical communication and history taking, physical examinations and clinical tasks. Currently PEs support respiratory; cardio-vascular; neurological; abdominal; ENT examinations; primary care history taking; psychiatric and female and male catheterization and rheumatology –limb examination and are well established and evaluated.

PEs have a real voice in the programme development and are actively involved in their own peer review and training. The collaboration between clinicians and patients in this sense is interesting in itself. Importantly it models partnership and increases understanding across the divide of health professionals and lay people. We are building a research profile with the aim of providing further insight into the role and influence of the patient’s voice in health professional education. This is a dynamic programme which is generating external interest from other medical schools.

The PE programme runs separately from the Gynaecology Teaching Assistant programme that is set in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Student quotes:

“I think the PE sessions are an excellent resource that King's offer and I would highly recommend them to younger medics when they get to this stage.”

“Very helpful session. Learnt a lot and the feedback I received from the PE about my communication and technique was valuable and interesting.”

Visit the Patient Educator Programme webpage.

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