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We are proud to present the Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Tom Gale.

As the NHS and other healthcare providers face the most challenging era in living memory, the question of how to best maintain a sustainable workforce is arguably more important than ever before. There has been increasing recognition that shaping – and maintaining – an appropriately skilled, supported and deployed healthcare workforce is critical if the health system is to be truly effective and improve the health of the population.

Professor of Medical Education, Tom Gale, has dedicated his career to addressing real-world concerns for the healthcare sector by tackling the critical issues around education, recruitment, selection and retention of healthcare professionals.  

His cutting-edge work has directly influenced national practice through collaborating with and influencing major stakeholders, including the General Medical Council, General Dental Council, Department of Health, Royal College of Anaesthetists and European Board of Medical Assessors. He has been recognised internationally, including by the BBC World Service, for his work to improve education and safety of healthcare workers responding to Ebola in West Africa.

In this insightful lecture, Tom reflects on his career including his early days at Queens Medical School Nottingham and his Fellowship with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. He shares a glimpse of his life as both a Consultant Anaesthetist at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and as a leader strengthening research and education for the healthcare sector at the University of Plymouth, and how these experiences have shaped his direction in responding to the challenges facing the healthcare sector.  

Tom leads the Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research and Assessment (CAMERA) research group, which focuses on research to improve sustainability in the healthcare professions. He is a strong believer that education should develop graduates who have the capability to perform and adapt in increasingly complex and challenging environments. Tom is responsible for the design and implementation of the Peninsula Medical School’s clinical skills curriculum and assessment methods undertaken across the Faculty as Director of Assessment. He led the successful implementation of inter-professional simulation for final year medical and nursing students in the Faculty of Health and has contributed significantly to the success in national rankings that find the University of Plymouth consistently top ranking for clinical skills and ‘preparedness for practice’.  

The event will conclude with a Q&A session where Tom will answer questions submitted by attendees.

You are welcome to join us for the University of Plymouth’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture series, which provide a milestone event in a professorial career. Through these we can promote and celebrate the academic reputation and achievements within their research.

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"One thing I’m really interested in is ensuring that medical graduates are not just competent, but have the capability to function effectively in the increasingly complex world of healthcare."

Tom Gale, Professor of Medical Education, has dedicated his career to addressing real-world concerns for the healthcare sector by tackling the critical issues around education, recruitment, selection and retention of healthcare professionals. 

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