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Dr Annwyne Houldsworth

Visiting Specialist

School of Health Professions (NC) (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences (NC))

Role

I have a PhD in an immunological/genetic clinical science discipline entitled, ‘Genetic Study of Innate and Immunological Mechanisms of Protection against HCV Infection in Man’ after gaining an MSc in biomedical science. Several of the chapters in my thesis describe difficult concepts of immunology knowledge of which I have found invaluable in teaching the subject. The MSc modules studied were immunology, clinical immunology, immunotherapy, tumour pathology, molecular biology and statistics which have also been useful subjects for teaching immunology to medical students. I qualified with a postgraduate qualification in Education/ Teaching and Learning (PGCME) and am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. The MSc curriculum gave me with a broad base of immunological biomedical knowledge, equipping me to deliver many biomedical concepts for medical students. The PGCME supported my skills to evaluate my own performance, attitudes and knowledge and that of the students and enables me to continue to develop my skills. I recognise that this background helps me to devise and deliver excellent material that is well received by the students and that critical reflection in the inter-relationship between theory and practice is important for both teachers and learners.

I am passionate about communicating science endeavouring to stimulate curiosity and I thrive on exploring new avenues of learning and discovering new knowledge as one of my motivating factors in teaching. I always reflect on my performances and consider which areas went well and those which needed improving or updating. I also reflect on the dynamics of the group and how they were impacted by the delivery. The student feedback; confirms that the teaching is well delivered, clinically relevant and helpful to their learning for a medical career. My research work has been accepted and well received at several conferences and included in journals with good impact factors. This gives me the confidence to devise well informed sessions and the skills to research new material to include in my sessions. I continue to submit papers based on my research data.

I thoroughly enjoy facilitating the many LSRC sessions for first and second year medical students in the Peninsula College of medicine and Dentistry (PCMD) and have done so for seven consecutive years. I have written the material for many of these sessions; resources and slides are available on the electronic managed learning environment (EMILY) website. Challenging the students to contribute prior knowledge is a useful tool when teaching physiology either in a didactic form of lecture or an interactive small group to ascertain the level of understanding in the group. I encourage the use blended learning approaches to facilitate student learning. I have covered many physiology subjects which are detailed in the CV. My very valuable experience in hospital clinics, when recruiting patients for my research studies, has given me an insight into engaging with patients and history taking is of great advantage when teaching medical students basic science, delivering the subjects with a patient centred perspective.

I am an extremely enthusiastic problem based learning (PBL) tutor where students are encouraged in collaborative, self directed learning and I direct the learning when appropriate as facilitator. This supports deep and profound student understanding as the motivation for learning becomes ipsative. It promotes lasting life long learning for the student. I facilitate the development of SMART questions to generate new and appropriate learning issues. Facilitating the brainstorming, mind mapping and drawing key concepts are a valuable part of the PBL tutor’s role in small group sessions. Coaching students to recognise their full potential and to acquire new skills is important. Every group is remarkably different with its own individual dynamics and I find it engaging and challenging to always try to attain the best performance from the group by differentiating the material delivery. Proficient use of IT skills enables me to use virtual learning environments effectively using Smart board technology and ‘Wiki’ shared learning spaces and continue to be inspired by new approaches in teaching and learning.

The School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences (Plymouth University) employ me as an associate lecturer where I have been co-opted as module leader for two second year respiratory physiology modules (BIOL2016, BIOL2017). I designed the curriculum, wrote six two-hour presentations and facilitated consolidation and case discussion sessions for the students. I liaise with other physiology lecturers and respiratory physiologists in Derriford hospital to coordinate the module and to resource patient data for case studies. I set assessments and mark the course work.

I have devised and delivered a module on cardiovascular diseases (BIOL1404). This also gave me the opportunity to design my own material and approach to the subject. As well as delivering didactic lectures, I produced material to encourage the students into self directed study in a collaborative way, where they pursued their own research interests. Signposting research papers and providing other interactive activities stimulated their curiosity motivating interest in the subject. The module was assessed by writing a literature review and by written examination. Moderation of these essays ensured consistency of standards.  I have also marked academic biomedical essays and reflective portfolio assessments.

I teach in workshops investigating evidence based medicine where papers are critically analysed, encouraging the understanding of statistics and promoting critical thinking skills for the students.

I recognise the importance of the development of autonomous learning and teamwork, promoted by the PCMD, and observed its value for the medical students while teaching in the small group.

I am keen to develop further and progress in my skill base and experience and am currently engaging in a pan-European, EU funded project designing contextualised learning modules.

My experience of study and research has developed my own life long learning skills with a deep curiosity of new areas of interest and has introduced a broad body of biomedical knowledge with a depth of understanding that enables me to communicate difficult basic science concepts to students.

The philosophy of education also greatly interests me and I am keen to continue to explore and develop in this direction. I provide a student centred learning environment enabling the student to develop their own skills in learning, appropriate to their learning style (Honey and Mumford), developing their learning context to suit their own particular needs.

The ethos of the PCMD promotes life long learners and is supported by the principles of the Kolbe learning cycle where understanding of medical knowledge is promoted by experiential discovery through observation, conceptualising, reflecting on, and experimenting with knowledge in order to gain deep and profound understanding and competence. I provide a strong support to the students using all the educational skills that I have acquired during my studies and experience.

The role of academic tutor involves one to one sessions, developing academic skills, encouraging students to recognise their preferred learning style and develop good academic habits. It is necessary to address problems when they arise and to encourage the student in reflective practice to recognise strengths and weaknesses (SWOT analysis) resulting in a learning contract between us. The academic tutor, student assessments are based on assessment of a reflective essay that is benchmarked universally among the academic tutors, enabling us to align our marking standards with other tutors.

I direct the students towards supportive study skills such as time management or development of concept maps and disease/drug profiles for revision purposes. It is sometimes necessary to ascertain the motivating factors for the student in order to understand their cognitive processes. I also remediate students for areas of study where they are not achieving adequate standards, identifying issues that need to be addressed in order for the student to improve their performance. This academic role can be an important lifeline to many students and I value the experience of encouraging and leading the students through both difficult and successful times.

I regularly attend continued professional development sessions in LSRC, PBL, student recruitment interview training and academic tutor training where we evaluate our teaching and continue to learn in these areas.

I also value the sessions that I co-facilitate with colleagues during LSRC sessions as this offers both support to one another in delivery and extends opportunities to broaden and deepen student learning. In addition it develops our own subject knowledge, provides critical appraisal and peer moderation.

I regularly lead a team of volunteers in Dartmoor prison where I organise them, the courses and discussion sessions and liaise within a multi-faith chaplaincy team.

I am keen to share good practice and gratefully receive any suggestions from colleagues so that I can further improve my performance and skills.  This post offers a perfect opportunity for me  to further contribute towards medical education fulfilling my ambitions for my own professional development.

 

Qualifications

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                   

Teaching Experience

 

Academic Tutor for PCMD (September 2008-2013)

 

Life Science Resource Centre for PCMD (2006-2013)


·       HIV infection/AIDS, virology, epidemiology (yr2)

·       HIV tests and diagnosis (yr2)

·       Thyroid axis and thyroid disease (yr2)

·       Reproductive endocrinology (yr1 and 2)

·       Appetite regulation, brain-gut axis (yr2)

·       Thrombosis and haemostasis (yr2)

·       Thrombophilia and haemophilia (yr2)

·       Necrosis/apoptosis (yr2)

·       Oxidative stress (yr2)

·       Oedema (yr2)

·       Haematological malignancies (yr2)

·       Hypersensitivity reactions (yr2)

·       Liver architecture (yr2)

·       Liver function and drug metabolism (yr2)

·       Acidosis/alkalosis (yr1)

·       Kidney physiology (yr1)

·       Muscle physiology (yr1)

·       Connective Tissue (yr1)

·       Adult/ foetal haemoglobin (yr1)

·       Skin, breasts and nails (yr1)

·       Growth hormones (yr1)

 


 

Module leader for BIOL2017 for Plymouth University (2013)

·         Curriculum development

·         Resources to support

·         Assessment system

·         Presentations of material

·         Case study sessions

·         Consolidation sessions

 

 

Module leader for BIOL2016 for Plymouth University (2012)

·         Curriculum development

·         Resources to support

·         Assessment system

·         Presentations of material

·         Case study sessions

·         Consolidation sessions

·         Utilisation of current respiratory physiology practice from Derriford

 

Delivered a presentation to demonstrate the use of PBL in collaborative learning for health care students (Sweden, 2012)

 

Cardiovascular module and lectures B1404, Biomedical Science, Plymouth University (2010)

 

Marking scripts for Biomedical Science Faculty, Plymouth University (2010)

·         Essays on fertility treatments

·         Journal reviews on FOAD, Cardiovascular disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

 

Evidence Based Medicine (2007-2008)


·       Case control studies

·       Randomised control trials

·       Odds ratios

·       Systematic reviews

·       Qualitative research

·       Cross sectional and environmental study


 

Interviewing for new September 2008-2011 PMS student intake

 

clinical education Modules studied for the PMS (2000-2002)

·         Introduction to teaching and learning in clinical education

·         Action Research Project, work based learning

·         Portfolio of teaching and learning (Problem Based Learning)

 

Skills Acquired while studying for PGCME (2000-2002)

·         Understanding of theories of learning and curriculum action research

·         Planning and management of action research study into management and mentorship of MSc student projects

·         Understanding of self-directed, constructed, elaborated and contextual learning

·         Planning teaching sessions including curriculum design

·         The role of problem based learning in clinical education

·         Using learning objectives and producing a development plan

·         Reflective on our own teaching and research practice

·         Analysing teaching methods and understanding how adults learn

·         Evaluating appropriate assessment techniques to support learning

·         Critically appraising my own and peer teaching strategies


·         Organisation of small group teaching

·         Portfolio of learning and teaching

·         Hypothesis identification and testing

·         Preparing and making presentations

·         Educational research methodology

·         Discussion of contemporary issues


Modules Studied for the Biomedical Science MSc PPMS (1997-2000)

·         Immunology

·         Clinical Immunology

·         Immunotherapy mini dissertation

·         Molecular Biology

·         Statistics

·         Neuroscience

·         Tumour Pathology

·         Dissertation on Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and Chromium



Summary of Work History:

·       2012-2013 Associate lecturer module lead for 2016, 2017 (Plymouth University)

·       2008-2013 Academic tutor (PCMD)

·       2008-2013 Co-director of Houldsworth Educational Consultancy Limited

·       2006-2013 Life Science Resource Centre small group facilitator (PCMD)

·       2007-2012 Problem Based Learning small group facilitator (PCMD)

·       2009-2010 Cardiovascular module for Biomedical Science degree students B1404 (Plymouth University)

·       2009-2010 Essay marking for Biomedical science department on fertility treatments (Plymouth University)

·       2009-2010 Journal review marking for Biomedical science students (Plymouth University)

·       2007-2008 Evidence Based Medicine lecturer (PCMD)

·       2007-2008 Honorary research contract with NHS

·       2002-2005 Research assistant for PMS,

·       2001-2002 Voluntary researcher for Plymouth Postgraduate Medical School

 

Summary of Education History:

·       2001-2006 PhD. (Genetic Study of Innate and Immunological Mechanisms of Protection against HCV Infection in Man) -Peninsula Medical School

·       2000-2002 Post Graduate Certificate of Medical Education- Peninsula Medical School

·       1997-2000 MSc. in Biomedical Science-Postgraduate Medical School

 

 

Training Courses attended (2003-2013)


·         UK Thematic Monitoring Seminar on Employability and lifelong learning, British Council, London (2012)

·         AT training (2011)

·         LSRC training day (2010)

·         PBL training day Exeter (2010)

·         Essential Leadership Skills-Developing Self Awareness (2009)

·         AT training (2009)

·         AT training (2008),

·         Evidence Based medicine training (2008)

·         Qualitative research teaching training day (2008)

·         Small group facilitator training day (2008)

·         PBL training day (2007)

·         Evidence based medicine training (2007)


·         Gender and Race awareness training, Dartmoor Prison (2007)

·         PBL training day (2006)

·         Endnote reference manager course, Plymouth (2004)

·         Postgraduate course on Liver Disease in the 21st Century, Boston, USA (2003)

 

 

 

Research

 

2002-2006 Genetic Study of Innate and Immunological Mechanisms of Protection against HCV Infection in Man.

 

2001-2002 The Role of Antioxidant Genes in Diabetic Complications

 

2001-2002 The Relationship between Mentor and Student during Biomedical Studies MSc

 

2000      Chromium and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Study

 

 

 

 

 

Publications

 

·       CD81 sequence and susceptibility to HCV infection, Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Rossol S, Kaminski AG, Demaine AG, Cramp ME. (submitted to Journal of Medical Virology, 2012)

·       Polymorphic Differences in SOD-2 May Influence HCV Viral Clearance, Annwyne Houldsworth, Magdalena Metzner , Steve Shaw, Edward Kaminski, Andrea Hodgkinson, Andy G Demaine, Matthew E Cramp (submitted to Elsevier, Journal of Free Radical Medicine, 2012)

·       Interleukin 12B gene polymorphism and apparent resistance to hepatitis C virus infection D Hegazy, P Thurairajah, M Metzner, A Houldsworth, S Shaw, E Kaminski, A G Demaine, and M E Cramp Clinical and Experimental Immunology Vol 152, Issue 3, Pages 538-541 2008

·       Polymorphisms in the Interleukin-12B Gene and Outcome of HCV Infection, Annwyne Houldsworth, Magdalena Metzner, Siegbert Rossol, Steve Shaw, Edward Kaminski, Andy G Demaine, Matthew E Cramp, Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research, (2005) Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research, 25(5) 271-6

·       CD81 sequence and susceptibility to HCV infection, Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Rossol S, Kaminski AG, Demaine AG, Cramp ME., GUT April 2005 supplement no.11, vol 54, 179, page A47

·       IL-12B gene polymorphism and the outcome of HCV infection., Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Rossol S, Kaminski AG, Demaine AG, Cramp ME. Hepatology 2003;38 (supplement 1):314 

·       Relationship between the degree of insulin resistance, serum chromium level/BMI, renal function and birth weight during pregnancy, Houldsworth A, Williams R, Fisher A, Millward BA Diabetic Medicine, Journal of Diabetes UK, Annual professional meeting, March 2002 (supplement 2)

·       SOD-2 antioxidant gene and diabetic complications, Anglo Dutch Danish Diabetes Group March 2000

 

Conferences attended where abstracts were accepted and work presented

 

British Society of Gastroenterology, Birmingham UK 2005

CD81 sequence and susceptibility to HCV infection

Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Demaine AG, Kaminski E, Cramp ME

 

British Society of Gastroenterology, Birmingham UK 2005

HCV- specific cellular immune responses in subjects exposed to but uninfected by HCV.

Metzner M., Houldsworth A, Demaine A, Kaminski E, Cramp ME.

Science, Engineering and Technology for Britain, House of Commons, London, UK 2004

IL-12B gene polymorphism and outcome of HCV infection.

Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Rossol S, Kaminski AG, Demaine AG, Cramp ME.

South West Gastroenterology Group, Thurlston UK 2003

Polymorphisms in the IL-12B gene and susceptibility to HCV,

Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Rossol S, Kaminski AG, Demaine AG, Cramp ME

South West Gastroenterology Group, Thurlston UK 2003

T helper cell responses in HCV exposed but uninfected cases,

Metzner M, Houldsworth A, Kaminski E, Demaine A, Cramp ME.

British Association for the Study of Liver, London UK 2003

IL-12B gene polymorphism and the outcome of HCV infection.

Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Rossol S, Kaminski AG, Demaine AG, Cramp ME.

American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, Boston US 2003

IL-12 gene polymorphism and outcome of HCV infection.

Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Rossol S, Kaminski AG, Demaine AG, Cramp ME.

Science, Engineering and Technology for Britain,, House of Commons, London, UK 2002

Relationship between the degree of insulin resistance, serum chromium level/BMI, renal function and birth weight during pregnancy. 

Houldsworth A, Williams R, Fisher A, Millward BA

Anglo, Dutch, Danish, Diabetes Group Coventry UK 2002

Genetic Differences in the Antioxidant Genes May Affect the Intracellular Antioxidant Function of Enzymes in Patients with Diabetes and with Diabetic Complications,

Houldsworth A, Hodgkinson A, Millward BA, Demaine AG

Diabetes UK Birmingham UK 2001

Relationship between the degree of insulin resistance, serum chromium level/BMI, renal function and birth weight during pregnancy.

Houldsworth A, Williams R, Fisher A, Millward BA

 

Grants and Prizes

 

·         Grant from Diabetes UK to attend the Annual Professional Conference in  Birmingham, UK March 2002 (£240)

·         Sir Bob Wilkins Prize for best abstract and presentation at the PMS Annual Conference (£50)

·         Grant to attend the SET for Britain at the House of Commons, March 2004 (£250)

  Hobbies and Interests

 


·         Guitar and Singing

·         Team leader and course co-ordinator for Dartmoor Prison chaplaincy

 

Teaching interests

Physiology:    
Immunology
Molecular biology
Hepatology
Virology
Autoimmunity

Publications

 

·       CD81 sequence and susceptibility to HCV infection, Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Rossol S, Kaminski AG, Demaine AG, Cramp ME. (submitted to Journal of Medical Virology, 2012)

·       Polymorphic Differences in SOD-2 May Influence HCV Viral Clearance, Annwyne Houldsworth, Magdalena Metzner , Steve Shaw, Edward Kaminski, Andrea Hodgkinson, Andy G Demaine, Matthew E Cramp (submitted to Elsevier, Journal of Free Radical Medicine, 2012)

·       Interleukin 12B gene polymorphism and apparent resistance to hepatitis C virus infection D Hegazy, P Thurairajah, M Metzner, A Houldsworth, S Shaw, E Kaminski, A G Demaine, and M E Cramp Clinical and Experimental Immunology Vol 152, Issue 3, Pages 538-541 2008

·       Polymorphisms in the Interleukin-12B Gene and Outcome of HCV Infection, Annwyne Houldsworth, Magdalena Metzner, Siegbert Rossol, Steve Shaw, Edward Kaminski, Andy G Demaine, Matthew E Cramp, Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research, (2005) Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research, 25(5) 271-6

·       CD81 sequence and susceptibility to HCV infection, Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Rossol S, Kaminski AG, Demaine AG, Cramp ME., GUT April 2005 supplement no.11, vol 54, 179, page A47

·       IL-12B gene polymorphism and the outcome of HCV infection., Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Rossol S, Kaminski AG, Demaine AG, Cramp ME. Hepatology 2003;38 (supplement 1):314 

·       Relationship between the degree of insulin resistance, serum chromium level/BMI, renal function and birth weight during pregnancy, Houldsworth A, Williams R, Fisher A, Millward BA Diabetic Medicine, Journal of Diabetes UK, Annual professional meeting, March 2002 (supplement 2)

·       SOD-2 antioxidant gene and diabetic complications, Anglo Dutch Danish Diabetes Group March 2000

 

Conferences attended where abstracts were accepted and work presented

 

British Society of Gastroenterology, Birmingham UK 2005

CD81 sequence and susceptibility to HCV infection

Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Demaine AG, Kaminski E, Cramp ME

 

British Society of Gastroenterology, Birmingham UK 2005

HCV- specific cellular immune responses in subjects exposed to but uninfected by HCV.

Metzner M., Houldsworth A, Demaine A, Kaminski E, Cramp ME.

Science, Engineering and Technology for Britain, House of Commons, London, UK 2004

IL-12B gene polymorphism and outcome of HCV infection.

Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Rossol S, Kaminski AG, Demaine AG, Cramp ME.

South West Gastroenterology Group, Thurlston UK 2003

Polymorphisms in the IL-12B gene and susceptibility to HCV,

Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Rossol S, Kaminski AG, Demaine AG, Cramp ME

South West Gastroenterology Group, Thurlston UK 2003

T helper cell responses in HCV exposed but uninfected cases,

Metzner M, Houldsworth A, Kaminski E, Demaine A, Cramp ME.

British Association for the Study of Liver, London UK 2003

IL-12B gene polymorphism and the outcome of HCV infection.

Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Rossol S, Kaminski AG, Demaine AG, Cramp ME.

American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, Boston US 2003

IL-12 gene polymorphism and outcome of HCV infection.

Houldsworth A, Metzner M, Rossol S, Kaminski AG, Demaine AG, Cramp ME.

Science, Engineering and Technology for Britain,, House of Commons, London, UK 2002

Relationship between the degree of insulin resistance, serum chromium level/BMI, renal function and birth weight during pregnancy. 

Houldsworth A, Williams R, Fisher A, Millward BA

Anglo, Dutch, Danish, Diabetes Group Coventry UK 2002

Genetic Differences in the Antioxidant Genes May Affect the Intracellular Antioxidant Function of Enzymes in Patients with Diabetes and with Diabetic Complications,

Houldsworth A, Hodgkinson A, Millward BA, Demaine AG

Diabetes UK Birmingham UK 2001

Relationship between the degree of insulin resistance, serum chromium level/BMI, renal function and birth weight during pregnancy.

Houldsworth A, Williams R, Fisher A, Millward BA