I am a surgical registrar employed by the Royal Navy and currently a full-time Doctoral student. My specialist interests are in trauma and emergency general surgery, with a secondary interest in medical education.
The overall aim of my research project is to contribute to the understanding of the utility of live tissue training for developing competence in the surgical management of complex, combat-related traumatic injuries.
Live tissue training is an example of simulation-based learning used in the practice of trauma management. Complex surgical skills are taught using anaesthetised animals, deliberately wounded to reflect various types and severity of injuries, in order to simulate tissue handling, dissection of structures and attendant bleeding. On completion of the period of training, animals are euthanised without regaining consciousness. The continuing use of this training modality within medical education is controversial due to increasing public scrutiny, focus on animal welfare/ethical concerns and the availability of alternative simulator technology.
My research will use qualitative and observational methods to explore how live animals are being used as human patient substitutes and enhance understanding of how competence is developed via this educational practice.
I have undertaken pedagogical courses including Teach the Teacher and completed an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Education. I am a faculty member for the international Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course and have also taught on the Royal College of Surgeons (England) Basic Surgical Skills course. The majority of my teaching experience is clinical in nature, with involvement in simulation courses for both military and civilian learners.
Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), University of Bristol, UK - 2012
Postgraduate Diploma in Global & Remote Healthcare, University of Plymouth, UK - 2018
Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS) - 2018
Academic honours, awards and prizes
Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellowship 2021