International Clinical Skills Foundation
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Globally Connected

Every two years, academics and clinical educators convene at the International Clinical Skills Conference in Prato, Italy. Delegates from over 20 countries attended in 2017, with keynote speakers from across the world.

We have recorded Keynote speakers from recent conferences and have included them in the Resources section of this website, additional material relating to the conference and its content can also be viewed at

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The Team

The Foundation’s directors are all highly experienced educators with international connections and diverse clinical interests.

A/Prof Andy Wearn

Director of Assessment & Deputy Head, Medical Programme Directorate

University of Auckland, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences

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Andy began his academic career at the department of general practice in Birmingham (UK) in 1994. Half of his time was clinical and the other was in academic practice. His interests focused on clinical communication, and he was the inaugural Sir Siegmund Warburg Lecturer in Communication Studies. He moved with his family to NZ in 2001, to set up a Clinical Skills Centre for the University of Auckland. The Centre provides the early skills training for several of the faculty’s health professional programmes.

His educational interests are in clinical skills, professionalism, assessment, educational theory, curriculum, and small group learning. He became Head of the medical programme in 2019, tutors in clinical skills, and maintains some general practice work. He has an eclectic mix of publications in health professional education and primary care. His current research includes exploring Threshold Concept Framework, sensitive examinations, consent, progress-testing, academic progress and professionalism. He is Editor of Focus on Health Professional Education (FoHPE), the journal of ANZAHPE (until 2020).

Dr Lucy Ambrose

Associate Professor & Director of the Clinical Medicine Course / General Practitioner

The University of Nottingham, School of Medicine

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Lucy is an Associate Professor and has been Director of the Clinical Medicine Course at The University of Nottingham since October 2016. She is also a General Practitioner who has interests in patient safety, improvement, human factors and clinical skills.

Lucy was Director of Clinical Skills and Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at Keele University from 2009-2014.

Lucy’s research interests focus on non-technical skills and their role in patient safety.

She has an MD in Medical Education (2011 University of Dundee) that researched the role of reflection in learning about patient safety. She has explored using self-assessment via video to enhance reflexivity in procedural skills practice for students.

Prof Lucy Chipchase

Associate Dean (Clinical)

University of Canberra, Faculty of Health

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Professor Chipchase is the Associate Dean (Clinical) in the Faculty of Health and the University of Canberra. Professor Chipchase provides leadership and management oversight in relation to clinical placement strategy and oversight of the quality of clinical training across the Faculty. Within the University, this includes leadership in the development and use of simulation, virtual reality and innovative clinical teaching approaches. It also involves working to maximise the clinical benefits to staff and students from collaboration with the on-site University of Canberra Public Hospital, the Moran aged care development, health services in the Health Hub, and other clinical facilities.

Professor Chipchase has a strong track record in evaluating teaching and learning innovations in entry-level and post professional education particularly the use of digital tools. She has also held a prestigious UQ Teaching Fellowship and a U21 Teaching and Learning Fellowship.

Mary Lawson

Senior Lecturer in Medical Education

School of Medicine, Deakin University

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Mary began working in medical education in 1991. At that time she was developing outpatient teaching for medical students and, since then, her various roles have had a focus on improving the learning environment for clinical education – whether through curriculum development, assessment or teacher training. She has worked across primary, specialty and continuing medical education. In the area of clinical skills, she has developed skills centres and developed interprofessional skills initiatives.

Her recent focus in the clinical skills arena has been on the authentic assessment of skills in the workplace. For example, she implemented a bi-national system of Workplace-based Assessments (WBAs) for Emergency Medicine using programmatic assessment principles and cognitively aligned ratings. She has also conducted research and teaches in the area of bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment focussed on enhancing inclusive teaching practices.

A/Prof Stuart Marshall

Senior Research Fellow

Monash University, Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

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Stuart Marshall is a Specialist Anaesthetist, and Director of Clinical Training at Peninsula Health, and Clinical Human Factors Lead at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.

Stuart has a Masters degree and PhD in Human Factors and currently holds an NHMRC Early Career Researcher Fellowship at Monash University, examining the use of cognitive aids in clinical emergencies.

He has helped develop several crisis management courses including the ANZCA EMAC course. He also convenes the International Clinical Skills Conference held every two years in Prato, Italy.

Dr Simon Gay

Clinical Associate Professor of Medical Education and Director of BM BS Educational Governance

University of Nottingham, School of Medicine

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Simon is a General Practitioner in Leicestershire, England and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medical Education at the University of Nottingham School of Medicine.

Simon is active in both undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare education. He is a former co-lead of Ethics, Personal and Professional Development at Keele.

Simon is now Director of BM BS Educational Governance at The University of Nottingham School of Medicine and is also leading the Finance and Partnership stream of the Medical School’s BM BS Curriculum Review.

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