Development Dean


Professor John Cookson

Professor Cookson has been appointed Development Dean of the School of Medicine

Professor Cookson, previously a consultant physician in general and respiratory medicine, joined the University in October 2017 as the Development Dean for the new School of Medicine.

Professor Cookson was previously Foundation Professor of Medical Education and Undergraduate Dean at Hull York Medical School. He was also involved in the establishment of the Medical School at Warwick and a new school in Botswana.

A graduate of Birmingham Medical School, Professor Cookson’s early career included a number of years as a lecturer and senior lecturer in medicine in Zimbabwe. This work was reflected in his MD Thesis on various aspects of asthma in the black population, showing, amongst other things, the seasonal nature of the problem and the links to disturbed immunology.

Professor Cookson’s main research interests in medical education have been in curriculum design and assessment.

Academic staff


Professor Kay Mohanna

Professor Mohanna is Professor of Healthcare Education and a partner in general practice. Previously Director of Postgraduate Medicine at Keele University School Medicine and Co-Director of the Keele Clinical Leadership Academy, she is interested in faculty development and fairness in assessment. 

Her doctoral work used conversation analysis to look at differential attainment in postgraduate exams. She is also the RCGP International Development Advisor for South Asia and adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.

Professor Mohanna is a PLAB (Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board) examiner for the General Medical Council (GMC).


Professor Lisa Jones

Professor Jones is Professor of Psychological Medicine. She leads the Mood Disorders Research Group and the UK Bipolar Disorder Research Network. Her primary research interests are the causes and triggers of bipolar disorder and related mood disorders, including postpartum psychosis. Professor Jones was previously in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham Medical School for 15 years. She was Year Tutor for Phase 1 of the MBChB and graduate-entry medicine programme, lead teacher for psychology in the medical programmes, and developed and led the successful Intercalated BMedSc in Psychological Medicine.


Dr Janina Iwaszko

Dr Janina Iwaszko

Dr Iwaszko is Principal Lecturer in Medical Education. She is the medical director of the Physician Associate MSc and the RCP UK Clinical Lead for the Physician Associate National Exam. Her primary research interests are in the early acquisition of clinical reasoning and the use of simulation as an effective clinical teaching modality. She has presented regularly at international conferences on this topic and has also been Lead Investigator in an HEE funded, Interprofessional Simulation Learning Project. Dr Iwaszko was previously the Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow for Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust, where she took a lead in the development of simulation and interprofessional teaching within the Trust. 


External advisors


Professor Derek Gallen

Professor Gallen was formally the Postgraduate Medical and Dental Dean for Wales. He was also the UK National Director of the Foundation Programme. Currently he is the President of the Association for the Study of Medical Education and previously the President of the Academy of Medical Educators.

Having qualified as a general practitioner he spent 15 years as a GP in Northamptonshire but became involved in medical education early as a GP trainer and then went on to be the GP Director for Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. Professor Gallen’s research interests are in quality standards and quality improvement.


Professor Ian Jones

Chair of the TCMS-NHS Partnership Group

Professor Ian Jones was awarded a Fellowship and an Honorary Chair by the University in 2015. He works closely with Professor Lisa Jones and her group at Worcester through the Bipolar Disorder Research Network (BDRN) Collaboration they lead.

Ian Jones is Professor of Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at Cardiff University. He is Director of the National Centre for Mental Health ( and with colleagues leads the Bipolar Disorder Research Network ( NCMH has recruited over 7,000 people with mental health problems in Wales and BDRN has involved over 6,500 people with bipolar disorder from around the UK in research. 

He leads the Cardiff University Psychiatry Service (CUPS) and a clinical service offering pre-conception counselling to women with severe mental illness. He is Director of BEP-C, a big lottery funded group psychoeducation programme for bipolar disorder. His research focuses on bipolar disorder and postpartum psychosis. He has authored or co-authored over 250 publications and book chapters. He has been awarded the Marcé Medal for his research on Postpartum Psychosis and was named Academic Psychiatrist of the Year at the RCPsych Awards 2013. In 2014 BEP-C was awarded the British Medical Journal (BMJ) award for innovation in medicine.

MBChB Curriculum Development Group Members



Mr Ewan Bigsby

Mr Ewan Bigsby is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, working in Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust.  His enthusiasm for educating tomorrows doctors has developed over the years, having completed a masters degree in medical education at Bristol University.  He continues to teach regularly in a clinical setting, as well as on a range of courses. 

More recently Mr Bigsby has developed an interest in surgical simulation and the use of technology to train the next generation of surgeons.  He established and continues to manage the ‘Trauma and Orthopaedic Training Lab’ within Cheltenham Education Centre, providing orthopaedic trainees the opportunity to hone their skills through the use of specialist training equipment.  



Mr Jonathan Gregory

Mr Gregory is a fellow at the Institute for Global Healthcare Innovation at Imperial College London. There he is a member of teams working on AI and digital healthcare solutions to improve the lives of both patients and clinical teams.  Projects include applications to improve patient safety, to aid collection and utilisation of Patient Reported Outcome Measures to drive improvements in cancer care and a digital application to support patients at the end of their life to be able to die with dignity at home. Jonathan utilises his clinical experience as well as his training in change management and project management to reduce barriers to implementation and deliver novel solutions to clinical problems. He is the digital medicine lead for the TCMS Curriculum Group.

Prior to this he worked in the NHS for 20 years including 10 years as a consultant orthopaedic oncology surgeon at Manchester Royal Infirmary and then the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Birmingham. His clinical interests were the management of rare bone and soft tissue cancers affecting adults and children and the management of secondary bone cancer. He has been a member of the National Cancer Research Institute Sarcoma Clinical Studies Group and the National Cancer Research Institute Screening, Prevention and Early Diagnosis Group.


Dr Francis Howie

Dr Frances Howie

Dr Frances Howie is a consultant in public health and has held senior positions in practice for the last 15 years, most recently as Director of Public Health for Worcestershire where the department was an approved and GMC registered training provider with placements for public health registrars, F2s, and GPs in training.

Dr Howie is the Deputy Faculty Advisor for the West Midlands for the Faculty of Public Health. She is a national assessor of retrospective portfolios at specialist level for UKPHR. Since Joining the University, Dr Howie has become a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her teaching focusses on the MSc in Public Health and MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice. Her particular research interests are leadership and management, social prescribing, health inequalities, and community midwifery.



Dr Jamie Johnstone

Dr Johnstone is a Consultant Physician in Respiratory and General Medicine with an interest in lung cancer, bronchoscopy and education. He is the lead for bronchoscopy and deputy lead for lung cancer at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Dr Johnstone has a keen interest in medical education and has been involved with education for both medical students, doctors and other allied health professionals throughout his career. Beyond teaching this has involved being an undergraduate examiner, question writing, blueprinting and curriculum development at another university.

Dr Johnstone has completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Medical education and is very keen to help with the exciting development of Three Counties Medical School. 



Dr John Lewis

Dr John Lewis is a former Director of Problem Based Learning and Director of Clinical Studies at the Hull York Medical School. Working at the newly founded medical school, Dr Lewis was happy to become involved in all of the school’s curriculum components, operation and development.

Dr Lewis graduated from the University of Birmingham Medical School before becoming a GP in rural East Yorkshire. His M.Phil. is an investigation into the Hull York Medical School variant of Problem Based Learning (PBL); this demonstrated the absolute value of a well set-up, maintained and developed PBL-based curriculum.

Dr Lewis has delivered papers and set-up PBL courses in Europe, North America, South America and China.


Dr Bere Mahoney

Dr Béré Mahoney

Dr Béré Mahoney is a Chartered Psychologist, Principal Lecturer and PhD Course Leader in the School of Psychology. She achieved both her BSc Honours and PhD Psychology at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests include the psychological aspects of living with long-term physical health conditions, and in particular severe allergy, and healthcare practitioners’ consultation skills when explaining risk and engaging in shared decision-making. 

Dr Mahoney has research interests in the links between sexuality, homophobia and health, has served on the Committee of the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Sexualities Section, and worked as an expert witness in cases where individuals are seeking asylum in the UK because of their sexuality and the mental health consequences of homophobia in their country of origin.



Professor David Misselbrook 

Professor Misselbrook was previously the Dean of the Royal Society of Medicine in London. He represented the Royal Society of Medicine on the Directors of Continuing Professional Development committee of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and was centrally involved with the regulation and development of UK CPD. Professor Misselbrook was involved, with senior colleagues, in setting up the Royal Society of Medicine Global Health Initiative to facilitate healthcare development in LMIC. He has experience of lecturing and chairing meetings in the UK and internationally.

Professor Misselbrook has recently retired as Associate Professor of Family Medicine at RCSI Bahrain. He was the medical school lead for Medical Ethics and for Communication Skills training. He convened the REC and was Chair of the School of Medicine Academic Committee. He was a member of the National Health Regulatory Authority CPD committee of Bahrain.

David was a South London GP for 30 years, a GP Trainer and GPVTS Program Director.

He is currently Deputy Editor of the British Journal of General Practice.


Dr John Mutimer

Mr Jon Mutimer

Mr Jon Mutimer is  Clinical Director for Elective Orthopaedics, coordinating the care provided by 28 colleagues in Gloucester.

He is an experienced teacher, Course Director for the renowned AO Principles of Fracture Fixation and for Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Courses as well as being a Trainer of Trainers for ATLS. He has previously been the Royal College of Surgeons College Tutor at his Trust helping support surgical trainees through the early years of their career.

Mr Mutimer has undertaken an increasing role in pre-hospital care, working regularly at national and international sporting events in the UK.  He has many national and international commitments being a past Training Programme Director for Core Surgical Training in the Severn Deanery and also responsible for helping implement software for competency-based training for core surgical trainees in Iceland. 



Dr Karthik Palanivelu

Dr Karthik Palanivelu (Velu) is a Consultant Community Paediatrician and Clinical Lead for Paediatric Epilepsy in Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust. He has clinical interests in Paediatric Epilepsy, Neurodevelopment, Neurodisability and Sensory Impairments.

Dr Velu has been awarded Fellowship by Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health & Higher Education Academy. He is a certified trainer for Paediatric Epilepsy Training provided by British Paediatric Neurology Association.  He has been nominated as deputy regional representative for British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology national network.

Dr Velu has special interest in Medical Education and provides supervision to Paediatric Specialty Trainees and Health professionals working with children and young people.


Susanne Prankel Medical school

Dr Susanne Prankel

Dr Susanna Prankel is a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and holds a PhD in veterinary medicine from the University of Cambridge. She has worked as a vet in practice in the UK and Germany and as a veterinary officer for DEFRA. She has taught veterinary medicine and nursing and served as an external examiner for Bristol vet school.

Currently Dr Prankel is Principal Lecturer in Animal Biology at the University of Worcester. Based on her medical background, study of philosophy and qualifications in pedagogy she supports the curriculum development of the TCMS in the area of ethics. Her research interests include animal behaviour, ethics (including creative approaches to teaching ethics) and animal welfare, biomechanics, and pedagogy in STEMM sciences.

Dr Prankel is the recipient of several teaching awards and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Dr Ananthakrishnan Raghuram 2

Dr Ananthakrishnan Raghuram

Dr Raghuram is a Consultant Physician in General and Respiratory Medicine in Gloucestershire with clinical interests in airway diseases and lung cancer.

He is the Head of the Postgraduate School of Medicine for Health Education England Severn.

He is an Examiner for the MRCP PACES examination and sits on the Part 2 MRCP board.

Dr Raghuram helped develop and implement the internal medical curriculum and now works with the Academic Foundation Programme committee to implement the new Foundation curriculum.

Dr Raghuram is an elected council member of the British Thoracic Society and has been the Linacre Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London. He was previously RCP Censor and Regional Advisor.

Dr Raghuram has been involved in teaching medical students for over three decades and is an undergraduate examiner. His dissertation for the Masters in Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals (TLHP) explored ways of improving educational opportunities at the clinical bedside.


Dr Salim Shafeek

Dr Salim Shafeek

Dr Salim Shafeek is the clinical lead for haematology at Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust with clinical interests in haemato-oncology and thrombosis haemostasis and with regional and national contributions.  He is the former Clinical Director of Worcestershire Oncology Centre and has a strong research interest, being clinical trials lead for haematological malignancy in the Trust.

Dr Shafeek has a keen interest in education and is an examiner for the MRCP PACES examination and FRCPath Haematology.


Dr Rizwan Yakub 2

Dr Rizwan Yakub

Dr Rizwan Yakub is a First Five Associate GP, with an extensive background in Paediatrics and Paediatric Emergency Medicine.

He is heavily involved in teaching, having previously developed and participated in high-fidelity simulation teaching. 

He also continues to instruct on multiple life support courses for both adults and children, in addition to working as an educator on the RCGP Clinical Skills Assessment Course.

He has a keen interest in communication, especially in the context of patient interaction and also within teams of health professionals.

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