Sandra Winterburn


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Personal profile

Teaching Interests

I have particular interests in;

  • Small group experiential teaching methods; I have been a communication skills tutor since 2000 & delivered conference presentations on a variety of experiential approaches such as maximising the impact of simulated patients during role play (Porto 2018); Small group experiential exercises (Heidelberg, 2016);Using videos as a teaching tool (London 2015)
  • Train the Trainers - National and international events delivered to build the skills and confidence of communication skills teachers in Helathcare.
  • Curriculum design for communication skills, and have reflected on the development of a core curriculum in a recent publication: Bachmann C, Abramovitch H, Barbu CG, Cavaco AM, Dago Elorza R, Rainer H, Loureiro E, Ratajska A, Silverman J, Winterburn, S , Rosenbaum M.  A European consensus on learning objectives for a core communication curriculum in health care professions. Patient Education and Counseling , Volume 93 , Issue 1 , 18 - 26
    Use this link to access list of core competencies designed through a Delphi Process-


Sandra Winterburn joined Norwich Medical School (NMS) in 2012, and is an Associate Professor in the Medical Education department. She is the academic lead for the consultation skills curriculum at NMS and for faculty continuous-professional-development (CPD) in this subject area.

Sandra has a background in palliative care and has considerable experience of teaching communication skills to a wide range of professional groups at both under and post-graduate level.
Key achievements
include being:
An inaugural member of the DH team that designed and delivered the National Advanced Communication Skills Training Programme
Co-author of a European inter-professional core communication curriculum for undergraduate training.

Career History

  • UEA Norwich medical School: Consultation skills Lead (2013- date)

  • UEA Norwich medical School: Consultation Skills Lecturer (2012-2013)

  • UEA School of Health Science Lecturer Primary Care (2009-2012)

  • Palliative Care Team Lead- Norfolk and Norwich University NHS Trust (2004-2009)

Academic Background

  • Post graduate Certificate Education (PGCert) for Health & Social Care Professionals (2016)

  • MSc Health Science (Distinction) (2010)

Medical Education Training:

Higher Education Academy

  • Senior Fellow (2016)

External Activities

Co-Chair Teaching committee, International Association of Communication in Healthcare (EACH). 
EACH is a global organisation whose mission is to promote healthcare communication between patients, relatives and healthcare practitioners that is effective, patient-centred and evidence-based. tEACH is the subcommittee of EACH that focuses on providing support, resources and sharing of expertise for communication teachers, whether about teaching, curriculum development or assessment. tEACH members significantly contribute to the body of evidence and best practices for teaching and implementing effective communication in healthcare.
As part of my role in tEACH I have facilitated international communication skills courses for clinicians, teachers and researchers including:

Train the trainers courses

Motivational Interviewing

Lead for East of England Advanced Communication Skills Training Network 
The Advanced communication skills course is a two day learner centred experiential, course where 10 clinicians work with two trainers on areas of communication they personally find challenging. The course involves filmed role play and feedback. 

Member of the UK Council of Clinical Communication (UKCCC)

The UK Council of Clinical Communication in Undergraduate Medical Education is a representative body of the communication teaching leads from all the Medical Schools in the UK.
The UK Council enables good teaching practice to be shared and encourages research and development of effective teaching in clinical communication.
The UK Council supports the development of teaching materials, holds a bank of scenarios and publishes on clinical communication teaching and strategy.

Key Responsibilities

I am the Academic Lead for the Consultation skills theme across the 5 year MB BS Programme. This role includes the regular review and revision of the curriculum to ensure that medical students graduating from Norwich are fully prepared for Practice in the NHS.

The consultation skills theme is a large component of the five-year medical undergraduate degree and involves the delivery of 64 half day experiential sessions and 11 whole cohort lectures each year.
In addition to the undergraduate teaching the team at Norwich Medical School also deliver 6 x 2 hours of foundation programme teaching at a local NHS Trust, an initial tutor training programme as well as an ongoing CPD programme for consultation skills tutors who teach on the theme.

I have additional enterprise & engagement commitments which include:

* Co-ordination of the East of England Advanced Communication Skills Training programme. A two day course aimed at senior clinicians delivered once or twice a month across the region.

* Communication workshops / masterclasses to other schools and professions across the UEA.

* Development of a masters level module in communication skills

Education/Academic qualification

Award Date: 28 Apr 2018

External positions

Co-Chair tEACH -Teaching Subcommittee , European Association of Communication in Healthcare

2018 → …

UK Council of Clinical Communication , UK Council of Clinical Communication


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