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Institute of Health Sciences Education - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Professor Jo Brown


Interim Institute Director IHSE

Telephone: +44 20 7882 2219
Room Number: 2.10 Garrod Building, Turner Street, Whitechapel, London E1 2AD


Jo Brown is a Professor of Medical Education and Interim Director of the Institute of Health Sciences Education in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. She was formerly Head of Clinical Communication and Academic Director of the Student Experience at St George’s, University of London. She has been teaching since 1992, has specialised in Clinical Communication as a topic since 1998 and her passion for the subject is infectious. In 2012 she won a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship award from the Higher Education Academy.  She has a particular interest in providing academic support for students who struggle or fail whilst at medical school and regularly works in the Student Support Office to offer advice.

She is a curriculum leader and designer, an examiner and an external examiner and has spent two years visiting medical schools in The Netherlands and Canada to explore different conceptualisations of medical education. She is an experienced mentor of teachers in higher education and runs courses on teaching and learning techniques. She developed and delivers postgraduate courses for senior doctors on the practical application of clinical communication in everyday clinical practice. She is a member of the Association for the Study of Medical Education, and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research interests centre on the movement of learning from classroom to clinical environment and the challenges to learning in the clinical workplace.




Brown J, Noble L, Papageorgiou A, Kidd J, editors. (December 2015) Clinical Communication in Medicine. London, UK: Wiley Blackwell.

Evans D, Brown J. (July 2015) How to succeed at medical school: an essential guide to learning. Second Edition. Oxford, UK: Wiley Blackwell.

Brown J. (July 2015) Through the Looking Glass- Communication in the Clinical Workplace. Saarbrucken, Germany: Scholars’ Press.

Evans, D. and Brown, J. (2009), How to succeed at medical school : an essential guide to learning. First Edition. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.


Book Chapters:

Brown J. Behaviourism as a way of learning. (Dec 2015) In: Brown J, Noble L, Papageorgiou A, Kidd J, editors. Clinical Communication in Medicine. London UK: Wiley Blackwell.

Brown J. Situated and Workbased Learning. (Dec 2015) In: Brown J, Noble L, Papageorgiou A, Kidd J, editors. Clinical Communication in Medicine. London UK: Wiley Blackwell.

Evans, D. and J. Brown, Supporting Students in Difficulty, in ABC of Learning  and Teaching in Medicine, P. Cantillon and D. Wood, Editors. 2010, Blackwell   Publishing Ltd. p. 78-82.



Peer reviewed publications:

Joekes, K. Brown, J. Boardman, K. Evans, D. Tinknell, L. Spatz, A. Hybrid Simulation for Integrated Skills Teaching. International Journal of Clinical Skills. 2016 10 (1), 01-05.

Brown J, Dearnaley J. Learning & Teaching Clinical Communication in the Clinical Workplace. The Clinical Teacher. 2015.

Brown, J. (2014) Clinical Communication in the Clinical Workplace. International Journal of Clinical Skills, 8(2).                                 

Brown, J. (2014) Integrated Curricula. FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment: Module 6, Unit 2.

Brown, J. (2012). "Perspective: clinical communication education in the United
kingdom: some fresh insights." Acad Med, 87(8): 1101-1104.

Al-Jawad, M., J. Brown, and J. Clatworthy (2010). Communicating with
confused elderly patients: development and evaluation of an innovative
teaching session for medical students. International Journal of Clinical Skills, 4(2).

Evans, D. and Brown, J. (2010). 'Applying your clinical skills to students &
trainees in difficulty'. Clinical Teacher 7,230-235

Brown, J. (2010). 'Transferring Clinical Communication Skills from the
Classroom to the Clinical Environment: Perceptions of a Group of Medical
Students in the UK'. Acad Med, 85, 1051-1059.

Brown, J., & Gray, L. E. (2008). Helping students to gain confidence in
personal performance. Med Educ, 42(5), 517-518.

Brown, J. (2008). How clinical communication has become a core part of
medical education in the UK. Med Educ, 42(3), 271-278.

Cushing, A. M., J. Brown, et al. (2007) "Communication Skills can be learned."

Cheung, C., Brown, J., & Chesser, A. (2007). A student-led programme to
raise awareness of organ donation. The Clinical Teacher, 4, 165-169.

Bartlett A, Brown J, Douglas B, & Evans S. (2006). Gay and Lesbian Mental
Health Matters - a Training Pack for Interprofessional Teams. London: Royal
College of Psychiatrists

Brown J, & Evans D. (2005). Supporting Students who struggle academically.
The Higher Education Academy Journal 01.8(01.8), 26-27.

Naish J, Stevens T, & Brown J. (1998). Perceptions of Violence & Aggression in
primary health care: a team approach to strategies for managing threatening encounters.
London: Barts and the London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and

Brown J. (1998). The computer in the general practice consultation: a literature
review. Health Informatics, 4, 106-108.

Brown J,  Graffy J, & et al. (1998). Final Report of the North Thames Primary
Care Research and Development Group. London: NHS Executive North Thames

Naish J, Brown J, & Denton B. (1994). Intercultural Consultations:
investigation of factors that deter non-English speaking women from attending
their general practitioners for cervical screening. BMJ, 309, 1126 - 1128.

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