Professor Hilary Neve

Professor Hilary Neve

Associate Head of School and Professor of Medical Education

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)

I am Associate Head of School and Professor of Medical Education at the University of Plymouth Peninsula School of Medicine. I am also Director of Professionalism, Small Group Learning and Social Engagement. I am currently responsible for the undergraduate curriculum in terms of the underpinning education strategy and its implementation. 

I am a National Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a GP at Adelaide and St Levan Surgeries, Plymouth.

My research interests include threshold concepts, the hidden curriculum, capability, shared decision making and Problem Based Learning


2016           HEA National Teaching Fellowship

2013           Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy                  

1993           MEd. in Primary Health Care (Bristol University)                 

1990           MRCGP

Teaching interests

Curriculum development

At the Peninsula Medical School:

  • I am currently leading an evidence-based review of our Year 1 and 2 undergraduate curriculum to prepare for increasing student numbers. This has included identifying and re-ordering core concepts, supporting the development of a new Enquiry Based Learning programme and cases, establishing an innovative five year health promotion/motivational interviewing pathway, reviewing and updating our medical student biannual reflective ‘portfolio analysis’ and our Year 3&4 clinical reasoning process

My teaching work includes:

  • Undergraduate: I am an Academic Tutor and deliver induction sessions, plenaries and clinical reasoning sessions as well as teaching students in my general practice.
  • Faculty development: Annual Small Group Facilitator Induction days and annual conference, training of Academic Tutors, Workshops at Clinical Teacher events
  • Postgraduate: Professionalism: Assessment Opportunities and Challenges day on UoP FoMD CertEd Programme
  • National and international: I regularly run workshops and seminars at other medical schools and at conferences

Staff serving as external examiners

Since 2017: External Examiner, George’s Medical School, for MBBS Doctor as Professional Domain

2013-2016: External Examiner, University College London, MSc in Global Health and Development

Research interests

Over the last 4 years my research projects have included:

1. Education lead: developing educational approaches for promoting the SHERPA  model for managing multimorbidity in practice, working with Dr Edmind Jack and Prof Richard Byng

2. Team member: “Reflecting on past reflections, challenges and personal change: reflective practice in Year 5” PUPSMD study

3. Co-lead: Researching threshold concepts and the development of self regulated learning during PBL in two medical schools (working with Dr Sarah Meek, Glasgow)

4. Team member: Evaluating the Impact of PostGraduate Clinical Education Programmes in the South West working with 3 partner medical schools         

5. Team member: Exploring Professional Touch as a Threshold Concept. Collaborative project with Colleagues in Coventry, UK; Auckland, NZ; Australia

6. Academic Lead for medical education: Education and facilitation to improve clinical decisions and multidisciplinary team-working with older adults with multimorbidity, Multi-site NIHR funded project 

7. Co-lead  Evaluation of a new approach to teaching Shared Decision Making Collaborative project within PUPSMD

8. Lead: Exploring troublesome moments for medical and dental students during social engagement pathways. Working across PUPSMD dental and medical schools

Other research

Reports & invited lectures

Harris J, Neve H. Rising to the Challenge of Objective assessment. Imperial Medical School, March 2019

Smith W, Neve H. Understanding the needs of marginalised populations through community engagement pathways. Social Accountability in Medical Education Think Tank, Imperial College London, August 2018

Neve H. Threshold concepts and Troublesome Knowledge: implications for public health education. Workshop at PHEMS (Public Health Educators in Medical Schools) 2018, July 2018, London.

Neve H. Threshold concepts, troublesome knowledge, and their relevance for GP training. Plymouth Trainers Group 3rd Annual Symposium, Plymouth, May 2018

Neve H. 'Aha' Moments and Troublesome Learning. Invited lecture, Centre for Medical Education (C4ME), Cardiff, March 2018

Neve H. Teaching professionalism Invited keynote address at NACT Multi-Specialty Conference, London., January 2018

Neve H. Hanks S. Moving from Competence to Capability - preparing Learners for the complexities of practice Workshop at NACT Multi-Specialty Conference, January 2018, London

Neve H, Perrett R. Empowering students with the hidden curriculum. Invited presentation, Newcastle Medical School, December 2017

Neve H. Thresholds, Struggles and Aha Moments: exploring the learner experience. Keynote address at Education Doctorate Research Summer School Conference, University of Exeter, July 2017.

Neve H. Revealing the ‘hidden curriculum’. Invited presentation, Centre for Medical Education (C4ME), Cardiff, Feb 2017

Neve H. What I have learnt about teaching professionalism. Keynote address, Cambridge Medical School Professionalism Facilitators’ Away Day, May 2016

Neve H. Revealing the Hidden Curriculum. Presentation to Higher Education England/Medical Schools Council national GP career Working Group, April 2016.

Other academic activities

Member of Scientific Review Committee, 8th International Clinical Skills Conference

External Examiner, George’s Medical School, for MBBS Doctor as Professional Domain

Clinical Director, Plymouth and Bristol Universities Professional and Generic Skills Programme

Established and Co-Lead International Threshold Concepts in Health Special Interest Group

Member of Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management MSC/HEE Tomorrow’s Leaders, Today undergraduate working group: curriculum development workstream

Member of Judging Panel, GMC National Student Professionalism Competition, 2016

Co-Chair Medical Schools Council National Fitness to Practice Conference, 2016

CoChair UK COuncil for Teachers of Professionalism 2014-17

Recent conference presentations and workshops

Neve H, Meek S, Hothersall E, Randall V, Wearn A. Putting threshold concepts into practice in health professions education: changing the way we teach, research and design curricula. Workshop, AMEE2019, Vienna, Austria

Wearn A, Neve H. Lifting the lid on professional touch: incorporating insights from research into practice. Roundtable discussion at 8th International Clinical Skills Conference, Prato, Italy, 2019.

Meek S, Neve H. Is Self Regulated Learning a threshold concept? An audio-diary study of PBL in two UK Medical Schools.on, AMEE2019, Vienna, Austria

Meek S, Neve H. Is Self-Regulated Learning a threshold concept? Using audio-diaries to research Problem Based Learning in two UK Medical Schools. Threshold Concepts in Action conference, Dundee, June 2019

Meek S, Neve H & Gilbert K. Using the Threshold Concept Framework to explore student learning by PBL in two UK Medical Schools. ISSOTL 2018, Bergen, Norway, October 2018

Gilbert K, Neve H. How hybrid PBL can support students to manage cognitive load: findings from an audio-diary study. AMEE2018, Basel, Switzerland, August 2018

Neve H, Harris J. Developing the confidence to address underperformance in clinical skills and professionalism: reframing our conversations. Workshop at 8th International Clinical Skills Conference, Prato, Italy, 2019.

Leyland R, Maynard V, Heath M, Neve H. A different kind of conversation: supporting students to become shared decision makers through guided reflection on experience. 8th International Clinical Skills Conference, Prato, Italy, 2019.

Additional information

  • Trustee of Plymouth charity, Well Connected Communities
  • WaterAid Ambassador/Speaker
  • Worked with Plymouth Museum and Plymouth University to erect a blue plaque and name Peninsula Medical School lecture theatre in honour of the life of the pioneering Dr Rosa Bale, the first female GP in Plymouth
  • I often present at student led and events for young doctors e.g.

         Neve H. Unconscious bias, career stereotyping and leadership. Invited speaker at Next Generation GP programme, Buckfastleigh, Devon,          April 2019

         Neve H. Clean water, sanitation and health. Invited presentation at Students for Global Health short course, Plymouth University, April 2018

         Neve H. Unconscious bias and the Imposter syndrome. Invited presentation at Leadership for Female GPs student meeting, April 2018

         Neve H, GPs Involved in Education. Invited presentation at RCGP South West and Wales Student Conference, Plymouth, March 2018