Lead for Integrated Clinical Care Palace Team, King's College London Dental Institute
Intra/Inter-Professional Educators Award 2016
Honoured to receive the this inaugural ADEE IPE award
2016 was the inaugural year for the Oral B Intra/Inter-professional Educator award. When I first considered applying I started reviewing my intra and inter-professional education over my career. As I went through my career I realised that I had taught not only dental students but dental nurses, hygienists, therapists and dental technicians. I had also taught medical students, general nursing students, physiotherapists and pharmacists. I have been lucky working at King’s College London which teaches the whole of the healthcare team and the positive approach to inter-professional education. However, I am sure that there are many colleagues who can show a commitment to either intra or inter professional education or both.
My research in virtual reality haptic clinical skills simulation under the hapTEL project funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council and the Economic and Social Science Research Council of the UK brought me into contact with cyberneticists, sociologists, engineers, psychologists, educationalist and many healthcare professionals including veterinary science. The affordances of the system provides transferable skills across many disciplines and we have evidenced the educational impact of haptic devices for surgical skills training.
Over the years I have presented at many ADEE annual conferences and found the discussions and networking with colleagues invaluable for enthusing my curiosity for further educational research. I also present regularly at the American Dental Education Association and at the International Association of Dental Research Education Research Group which I take over as President of in 2018. The ADEE network has assisted me to make friends of colleagues from around the world and to contribute and learn about innovative teaching practices. This network has led to the ADEE/ADEA London meeting in May 2017 at King’s College London which brought experts in Dental Education from over 50 countries together to produce work group position papers which will be published in the European Journal of Dental Education.
It has been an honour to be recognised for my Inter-Professional Education in 2016 by ADEE and I would encourage people to apply. It will assist career promotion, increase your international profile and give you the opportunity to have meaningful impact in Dental Education on a global stage.