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Institute of Health Sciences Education - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Professor Graham Easton


Professor of Clinical Communication Skills and Lead for Team Based Learning

Twitter: @@drgrahameaston


Graham is an academic GP with extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, including leadership roles for QMUL [Professor of Clinical Communication Skills], UCL Medical School [Co-Lead for Diploma in Medical Education Programme UCL/RCP], Imperial College Medical School [Acting Head of Undergraduate GP Teaching and a Programme Director for GP Specialty Training], King’s College [International Fellow], the RCGP [Curriculum Editor] and the London Deanery [Course Lead for Introduction to Teaching in Primary Care]. He has particular expertise in clinical communication skills (internationally and in UK), with a strong track record in faculty development, education research and medical journalism.

Graham worked as a senior Producer for the BBC Science Unit for many years, and presented Case Notes, Radio 4’s flagship medical programme for 5 years. He is a regular guest and occasional presenter of BBC Health Check, the BBC’s global health radio programme. He has a particular interest in the use of narratives in medical education which he studied at the Institute of Education. Current collaborative projects include a new module on Realist Acting and the Doctor-Patient Encounter with the School of Drama, and an AHRC funded research project “Communicating Through Covid” with the arts company Performing Medicine.


Graham teaches communication skills and clinical skills across all years of the MB BS programme. He supervises students on the Engaging the Public in Science Module, F2 Teaching Fellows, Academic F2s,  leads on Paper 4B exam for MB BS, and is a Med Pro supervisor.


Research Interests:

Graham’s research interests are in narrative learning in medical education, clinical communication skills and general practice.


  • Bintley H, Easton G, George R, Raval D, , et al. (2021), 'Twelve Tips for teaching clinical and communication skills online', MedEdPublish, 10, [1], 27,
  • Easton, G, Page M, Rezaian M, Thomas, L, Nicholson, S, (2021). An evaluation of the NHS Nightingale London Education and Training Curriculum. Health Education England NHS Nightingale Educators Resources. Jan 2021.
  • Blythe, J., Patel, N., Spiring, W., Easton, G., Evans, D., Meskevicius-Sadler, E., Noshib, H., & Gordon, H. (2021). Undertaking a high stakes virtual OSCE ("VOSCE") during Covid-19. BMC medical education21(1), 221.
  • Maru, D., Stancel-Lewis, J., Easton, G., & Leverton, W. E. (2021). Communicating with people with hearing loss: COVID-19 and beyond. BJGP open5(1), BJGPO.2020.0174.
  • Easton, G., & Parry, D. (2019). Really Good Stuff: Bringing anatomy to life for general practitioners. Medical education53(11), 1152-1153.
  • Kelly, J., & Easton, G. (2019). Geo‚Äźsociocultural influences on empathy. Medical education, 53(7), 646-649.
  • Easton, G., & Leverton, T. (2018). Supporting adults with hearing loss in primary care: new NICE guideline. Br J Gen Pract; 68 (676): 516-517
  • Rawson, T. M., Sivakumaran, P., ...Easton, G & Gill, D. (2018). Development of a web-based tool for undergraduate engagement in medical research; the ProjectPal experience. BMC medical education18(1), 166.
  • Block, M., & Easton, G. (2017). Time to revive the GP-focused clinical examination. Br J Gen Pract, 67(661), 360-360.
  • Newth, A., & Easton, G. (2017). Using the ‘windows method’ for undergraduate consultation skills feedback: GP tutors’ experiences. Education for Primary Care28(2), 115-118.
  • Brooks, J. H., Ahmad, I., & Easton, G. (2016). Anabolic steroid use. BMJ355, i5023.
  • Brooks, J., Ahmad, I., & Easton, G. (2016). Promoting physical activity: the general practice agenda. Br J Gen Pract 2016; 66 (650):
  • Easton, G., Block, M., & Hasan, S. (2016). Strengthening links between GP training and academic primary care. Education for Primary Care 27:3, pages 160-161.
  • Easton, G. (2016). How medical teachers use narratives in lectures: a qualitative study. BMC medical education, 16(1), 1.
  • Majeed, A., Hansell, A., Saxena, S., Millett, C., Ward, H., Harris, M., Hayhoe, B., Car, J., Easton, G., Donnelly, C.A. and Perneczky, R., 2016. How would a decision to leave the European Union affect medical research and health in the United Kingdom? Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine109(6), 216–218. 
  • S Dholakia, Y Oskrochi, G Easton, V Papalois. 2016. Advances in Pancreas Transplantation: A Review. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Idowu Y, Muir E, Easton G, (2016) PBL case writing by students based on early years clinical attachments: a focus group evaluation of a novel approach, JRSM open, ISSN: 2054-2704
  • Cantillon P, Easton G, 2015, A new series on current thinking in education for the busy primary care educator, Educ Prim Care, Vol: 26, ISSN: 1473-9879
  • Cantillon P, Easton GP, 2015, Three Papers On...Feedback - what's new? Education for Primary Care, Vol: 26, Pages: 116-117, ISSN: 1475-990X
  • Easton G, Baker R, 2015, Seven days a week, 8 AM to 8 PM: improving access to national health service primary care., J Ambul Care Manage, Vol: 38, Pages: 16-24
  • Easton G, Cantillon P, 2015, Mindfulness for the clinical teacher., Educ Prim Care, Vol: 26, Pages: 24-25, ISSN: 1473-9879
  • Lupton M, Easton G, 2015, Teach where students will learn: one medical school's vision of the future., Educ Prim Care, Vol: 26, Pages: 57-59, ISSN: 1473-9879
  • Oskrochi Y, Majeed A, Easton G, 2015, 10-Minute Consultation. Bariatric surgery., BMJ, Vol: 351
  • Oskrochi Y, Majeed A, Easton G, 2015, Weights and measures: are bariatric surgery guidelines realistic?, JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF MEDICINE, Vol: 108, Pages: 252-253, ISSN: 0141-0768
  • Oskrochi Y, Majeed A, Easton G, 2015, Biting off more than we can chew: is BMI the correct standard for bariatric surgery eligibility?, BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE, Vol: 65, Pages: 482-483, ISSN: 0960-1643
  • Barquero, E., & Easton, G. (2015). Do students prefer being on their own or in pairs during their GP attachment? Education for primary care: 26(6), 443.
  • Conway, F., Majeed, A., & Easton, G. (2015). 10 Minute Consultation: Diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. BMJ, 351, h6171.
  • Easton G, 2014, Primary care education research - time to raise our game? Educ Prim Care, Vol: 25, Pages: 304-307, ISSN: 1473-9879
  • Baudains, C., Metters, E., Easton, G., & Booton, P. (2013). What educational resources are medical students using for personal study during primary care attachments? Education for Primary Care24(5), 340-345.
  • Powell, S., & Easton, G. (2012). Student perceptions of GP teachers’ role in community-based undergraduate surgical education: a qualitative study. JRSM short reports3(8), 1-8.
  • Easton, G. (2012). Dr Imposter. Br J Gen Pract62(599), 313-314.
  • Easton G, Stratford-Martin J, Atherton H, 2012, An appraisal of the literature on teaching physical examination skills, Educ Prim Care, Vol: (4), Pages: 246-254
  • Easton G, Saxena S, 2010, Antibiotic prescribing for upper respiratory tract infections in children: how can we improve?, London J Prim Care (Abingdon), Vol: 3, Pages: 37-41, ISSN: 1757-1472
  • Easton, G. (2007). Clicking for pills. Bmj334(7583), 14-15.
  • Easton, A., & Easton, G. (2007). Stand and deliver. Student BMJ, 15.
  • Alder, M., & Easton, G. (2005). Human and veterinary medicine.
  • Easton G, 2005, "Are there any doctors here?" BMJ 2005; 331
  • Easton G, 2004, How many more times do I have to tell you? Evidence-Based Healthcare and Public health, Vol: 8, Pages: 246-247
  • Easton, G. (2004). Future Face. Bmj329(7470), 863.
  • Easton G, 2004, Human Mutants, BMJ 2004;328:1383
  • Easton G, 2004, Working in the media (III) – Getting your message across, BMJ Careers
  • Easton, G. (2003). Reporting risk–that's entertainment. BMJ, 327(7417), 756.
  • McDonald R, Easton G, 2003, Impartial careers advice for doctors and medical students, British Medical Journal, Pages: 1225-1226
  • Peile EB, Easton GP, Olney S, 2001, The Renaissance School of General Medicine, British Medical Journal, Vol: 323, Pages: 1454-1455
  • Peile E, Easton G, Johnson N, 2000, The year in a training practice: what has lasting value? Grounded theoretical categories and dimensions from a pilot study, Medical Teacher, Pages: 205-211




  • Ahmad I, Nair R, Block M, Easton, G 2014. How to Pass the CSA Exam: For GP Trainees and MRCGP CSA Candidates. Wiley. 
  • Booton P, Cooper C, Easton G, Harper M, 2012, General Practice at a Glance, Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN: 9780470655511  [Winner of Primary Care category, BMA Book Awards 2013)
  • Easton, G 2017. Stories in the consultation. In C. Robertson and G. Clegg Eds: Storytelling in Medicine: How Narrative can Improve Practice. Boca Raton FL: Taylor and Francis pp 19-40
  • Easton, G. 2016, The Appointment: What Your Doctor Really Thinks During Your Ten-Minute Consultation. London, Robinson. ISBN: 1472136322 (Selected for BBC Radio 2 Fact not fiction Book Club; Highly Commended BMA Book Awards 2017)
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