Institute of Health Sciences Education - Barts and The London

Professor Annie Cushing


Professor of Communication Skills / Head of Clinical, Communication and Learning Skills Unit

Telephone: +44 20 7601 8837
Room Number: 2.35 Robin Brook Centre, St Bartholomews Hospital, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE


Dr Annie Cushing is Head of the Clinical and Communication Skills Learning Unit and Queen Mary Lead for the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) in Clinical and Communication Skills awarded jointly with City University London in 2005. Her main responsibility is the development and implementation of the communication skills curriculum in the medical school and related faculty development.

Annie qualified as a dentist and had 18 years experience as a clinician, researcher and educator in the dental field until her interest in communication between patients and healthcare professionals led her to her current role.
She is adviser to the GMC Professional Linguistics Assessment Board OSCE Panel and the National Clinical Assessment Service on the assessment of communication competency.


Research Interests:

Include communication skills education, attitude development and professionalism.


Book chapters

Cushing A. Mallinson C (2009) Communication in Healthcare In: Clinical Medicine. Kumar P and Clark M. (Eds) Chapter 1 p8-17. Saunders Elsevier
Cushing A. (2003) Interpreters in medical consultations. In: Working with Interpreters in Mental Health. Tribe R. and Raval H. (Eds) Chapter 2, pp30-53, Brunner-Routledge, Hove and New York.
Cushing A. (2002) Assessment of Non-Cognitive Factors. In: International Handbook of Research in Medical Education. Norman G.R., van der Vleuten C.P.M. and Newble D.I. (Eds) Part 2, Chapter 22, pp711-755, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
Cushing A. History of the Doctor-Patient Relationship in Brown J, Noble L, Papageorgiou A, Kidd J (eds) Clinical Communication in Medicine. Wiley 2016
Cushing A, Evans S. Training Physicians at undergraduate and postgraduate level about co-morbidity. in Sartorius N, Holt RIG, Maj M (eds): Comorbidity of Mental and Physical Disorders. Key Issues Ment Health. Basel, Karger, 2015, vol 179, pp 137-147
Cushing A. Communication in Healthcare in Kumar P, Clark M (eds) Clinical Medicine, 9th Edition 2016 (in press)

Journal articles

Abbott S, Attenborough J, Cushing A, Hanrahan M, Korszun A. (2009) Patient-centred care and compulsory admission to hospital: students consider communication skills in mental health care. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice. 4:4: 26-34.
von Fragstein M, Silverman J, Cushing A, Quilligan S, Salisbury H, Wiskin C. (2008). UK Consensus Statement on the content of Communication Curricula in Undergraduate Medical Education. Med Educ 42;11: 1100-7
Cushing A, Metcalfe R (2007) Optimizing Medicines Management. Ther Clin Risk Manag. 3(6):1047-58
Schildmann J, Cushing A, Doyal L & Vollmann J. (2005) Informed consent in clinical practice: pre-registration house officers' knowledge, difficulties and the need for postgraduate training. Medical Teacher, 27; 7: 649-651
Schildmann J, Cushing A, Doyal L & Vollmann J. (2005) Breaking bad news: experiences, views and difficulties of pre-registration house officers. Palliative Medicine. 19: 1-6
Cushing A, Evans D & Hall A. (2005). Medical students' attitudes and behaviour towards sexual health interviewing: short and long-term evaluation of designated workshops. Medical Teacher 27; 5: 422-428
Cushing A. Learning Patient-Centred Communication: The Journey and The Territory. Pat Educ Couns 2015;98 (10):1236–42 McCabe R, John P, Dooley J, Healey P, Cushing, A, Kingdon D, Bremner S, Priebe S. Training to Enhance Psychiatrist Communication with Patients with Psychosis (TEMPO): A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. British Journal of Psychiatry. 2016 (in press).
Duffy JMN, Chequer S, Braddy A, Mylan S, Royuela A, Zamora J, Ip J, Hayden S, Showell M, Kinnersley P, Chenoy R, Westwood OM, Khan KS, Cushing A. Educational effectiveness of gynaecological teaching associates: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.13824 Published Online 18 January 2016