Institute of Health Sciences Education - Barts and The London

Dr Riya George

Riya

Lecturer in Clinical Communication Skills

Email: r.george@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 20 7882 8928
Room Number: 2.18 Robin Brook Centre, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, EC1A 7BE

Profile

Riya George is a Lecturer in Clinical Communication Skills at Bart’s and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary’s University of London. Riya has a wide range of teaching experience in clinical communication and diversity across the undergraduate medical curriculum in four leading UK medical institutions. Riya’s PhD research involved collaborations with eight organisations including NHS England, NHS Employers and Health Education England to establish how we can better teach and evaluate diversity education in healthcare settings. Whilst working towards her PhD at the University of Leicester, Riya achieved multiple awards including The Teaching Partnership Award and Outstanding Commitment to Professional Development Award. Riya has also received multiple prestigious awards outside the University of Leicester for her PhD Research and for the development of innovative teaching material in diversity education, including being a Finalist for the Best Original Research Paper by ASME and being nominated to present her research at the Parliamentary House of Commons STEM 2017, achieving her the Silver Award for Biomedical Sciences and was featured on the BBC.

 

Riya has worked in a variety of mental-health and palliative care settings as a Psychologist, Qualified Bereavement Counsellor and Research Associate. In addition to this she has been appointed as an Educational Consultant at Mind and aims to support the development and evaluation of high quality diversity training for mental-health professionals. Prior to embarking towards a PhD, Riya successfully completed a BSc Honours Degree in Psychology. This experience coupled with working in a variety of health-care settings spurred her to achieve a Masters in Science at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Riya is also the Secretary of the UK National Working Group, Diversity in Medicine and Healthcare (DIMAH) and on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME). Riya continues to be inspired by diversity and clinical communication issues in healthcare and is passionate to promote the quality and excellence of teaching in medical education.

Teaching

Teaching

Dr George has a variety of teaching responsibilities at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, see below a summary of key responsibilities and areas of teaching involvement in different programs:

 

Academic Lead and Course Convener:

  • Clinical Communication in Fundamentals of Medicine for Year 1 MBBS students: Patient centred interviewing and diversity and communication
  • Visual and hearing impairment sessions for Year 1 MBBS students
  • Difficult conversations in women’s sexual health for Year 4 MBBS students
  • Diversity Lead for Clinical Communication Skills
  • Academic Support Lead for Clinical Communication Skills for MBBS and GEP students.
  • Co-Chair of Student Selected Component (SSC) in Diversity for Year 1 MBBS students.

Clinical Communication Teaching:

  • Clinical Methods, Clinical and Communication Skills Module 1 & 2 (CCS1/CCS2) for Year 3 MBBS students
  • Breaking bad news for Year 5 MBBS students
  • Physician Associate teaching
  • Masters in Clinical Education
  • Certificate in Teaching and Learning
  • Intercalated BSc MBBS students

Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs):

  • Communication Lead for Year 1 and Year 2 OSCEs for MBBS students

 

National Committee Boards and Chair Positions

 

Association for The Study of Medical Education (ASME)                              Aug 2017 - Present

Board of Directors – Honorary Secretary

 

Board of Management – WILEY Journals                                                      Jul 2018 - Present

ASME Board of Directors – Honorary Secretary

 

Diversity in Medicine and Healthcare (DIMAH)                                             May 2016 - Present

National Committee Board Member – Honorary Secretary

 

General Medical Council (GMC) - Equality and Diversity Committee           May 2017 - Present

Steering Committee Member

 

Differential Attainment in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL       Jan 2019 – Present

Chair of Research Group

 

BRAIDE: Bringing Resources and Awareness in Diversity Education            Mar 2017 – Present

Chair of Education Group

 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead for IHSE, QMUL                              Jan 2019 – Present

Research

Research Interests:

Research

Research interests include:

Cultural and diversity issues in healthcare, diversity education in medical education, cultural competence, health inequalities, professional identity and clinical communication.

Please see below details of recent research grants and research and teaching awards:

  • Westfield Fund for Enhancing the Student Experience (June 2019)
  • Westfield Fund for Enhancing the Student Experience (June 2018)

Understanding and addressing differential academic outcomes among Black Asian and Minority Ethnic undergraduate medical and dental students within the School of Medicine and the Institute of Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

– Awarded £14,128.65

 

BRAIDE: Bringing Resources and Awareness in Diversity Education: A collaborative student-teacher partnership project, designed to support School of Medicine & Dentistry (SMD) students’ learning about diversity issues in healthcare.

-Awarded £4980.00

 

  • QMUL E-Learning Production Scheme Fund (March 2018)

BRAIDE: Bringing Resources and Awareness in Diversity Education: A collaborative student-teacher partnership project, designed to support School of Medicine & Dentistry (SMD) students’ learning about diversity issues in healthcare.

-Awarded £2,000 

 

Research and Teaching Awards

Best Original Research Paper Award (BORPA)                                                         June 2017

Association of the Study of Medical Education (ASME)

Runner-up & Shortlisted Finalist, Education Research Committee (ERC) 2017

 

Teaching Partnership Award 2017, University of Leicester                            June 2017

Prize Winner - Supporting Curriculum Development of Diversity Education in Medicine

 

Outstanding Commitment to Professional Development                                             June 2017

Shortlisted Finalist, The Student Awards 2017, University of Leicester

 

University of Leicester – Leicester Award                                                      Jul 2017
Successfully achieved the Leicester Award 2017 for student development

 

STEM for Britain 2017 (Higher Education Academy)                                                Mar 2017
Nominated to Present at the Parliamentary House of Commons Biomedical Sciences | Silver Award Winner -£2000.00

Midlands Academy of Medical Sciences Research Festival                             Feb 2017

University of Birmingham Finalist Researcher 2017

 

Association of the Study of Medical Education (ASME)                                             Nov 2016
Finalist in Master-Class Researching Medical Education

Education Research Committee (ERC)

 

Junior Association of the Study of Medical Education (JASME) Teaching Toolkit     Apr 2016
Achieved 1st Prize - Developed a teaching session plan around ‘understanding how to deal with diversity issues in clinical practice’

Biotechnology Young Entrepreneur Scheme (Medical Research Council & University of Nottingham Haydn Green Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship)

Semi-Finalist & Prize Winner for Best Elevator Pitch

 

Annual Psychology Postgraduate Research Showcase, University of Leicester

Achieved 1st Prize for Best Presentation

 

‘PhD Depiction’ Photography Competition - Festival of Postgraduate Research, University of Leicester
Achieved 2nd Runner-up Prize Winner

Publications

George, R.E. (2014). Did you see? 'Why mental health matters to global health, Vikram Patel. Transcultural Psychiatry, 2014, 0(0), pp. 1-14.' Diversity and Equality in Health and Care. 11, pp. 275-6.

George, R.E., Dogra, N. and Thornicroft, G. (2015). Exploration of cultural competency training in UK healthcare settings. A critical interpretive review of the literature. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care. 12 (3), pp. 104-115. 

George, R.E., Dogra, N., and Fulford, B. (2015). Values and ethics in mental-health education and training: a different perspective. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice. 10 (3), pp. 189-204. 

George, R.E. (2017). Doctoral thesis: How to better teach and evaluate diversity education in the National Health Service and health educational institutions in the United Kingdom. University of Leicester. Available at: https://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.733702

O'Reilly, M., Dogra, N., Hughes, J., Reily, P., George, R., & Whiteman, N. (2018). Potential of Social Media in Promoting Mental Health in Adolescents (UK). Health Promotion International. Pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/day056

 George, R.E., Smith, K., O’Reily, M., Dogra, N. (2019). (In Press) Perspectives of patients with mental illness on how to better teach and evaluate diversity education in the National Health Service. Journal of Continuing Education in Healthcare Professions. 

George, R.E., Lowe, W.A. (2019). (In Press). Faculty development review. Wellbeing and uncertainty in healthcare practice. Special Issue. The Clinical Teacher. 16, pp.1-8.

Hoque, S., George, R.E., Bintley H. (2019). (In Press).Why understanding diversity is important for medical students. General Medical Council. Wellbeing and Health Review. (Joint first authors)

Book Chapters

George, R.E., Haque, E., Choudry, B. (2019). (In Press). Book chapter. How can we improve health and healthcare experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities? Tackling healthcare inequalities: a practical guide. (Joint first authors)

Bintley, H., George, R.E. (2019). (In Press). Teaching diversity in healthcare education: Conceptual clarity and the need for an intersectional transdisciplinary approach. Clinical Education for the Health Professions: Theory and Practice. (Springer Nature Elviser) (Joint first authors)

Conference Presentations

George, R.E., O’Reilly, M. & Dogra, N. (2017). Health professionals and medical educators’ perspectives on how to better teach and evaluate diversity training: “We value science above the human being”. Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), University of Exeter.

George, R.E. (2016). Understanding how to better teach and evaluate diversity NHS training: Using participatory workshops. Psychology Postgraduate Research, Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, University of Leicester.

George, R.E. (2016). Improving and evaluating diversity NHS training. Trust Equality and Diversity Headquarters. North East London Foundation Trust. Trust Head Office, Goodmayes Hospital, Ilford, London.

George, R.E. (2015). Deconstructing ‘Equality & Diversity’ UK NHS training. Quarterly community conversations on Black and Ethnic minority communities and cultural competency in mental health services in Islington. Islington Community and Wellbeing Development NHS Service and Health Watch.

George, R.E., Thornicroft, G., Farrelly, S. & Dogra, N. (2015) Exploration of cultural competency trainings in UK healthcare settings; a critical interpretive synthesis of the literature. Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Edinburgh, Scotland.

George, R.E. (2015). Evaluating ‘Equality and Diversity’ UK NHS Training; the development and validation of a psychometric evaluation tool. Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), Glasgow, Scotland.

George, R.E. (2015). Being a PhD Student: Working and collaborating with organisations. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London.

George, R.E. (2015). Evaluating ‘Equality & Diversity’ UK NHS training: the development and validation of a psychometric tool. Henry Welcome Building, University of Leicester.

George, R.E. (2015). Values and Ethics in Mental-Health Education and Training: A Different Perspective. Continuing Professional Development. Diversity in Medicine and Health. University of Manchester, School of Medicine.

George, R.E. (2015). Evaluating ‘Equality & Diversity’ UK NHS training; developing a tool to identify change and cost efficiency. AHEAD Equality & Diversity Committee. Health Education England. Senate House, University College London.

George, R.E. (2014). Evaluating ‘Equality & Diversity’ UK NHS training. NHS England Equality & Diversity Council. Skipton House, London.

George, R.E. (2014). Evaluating diversity training in UK NHS healthcare settings.  Continuing Professional Development. Diversity in Medicine and Health. Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.

George, R.E. (2014). Development of a research proposal; exploring the development, delivery and evaluation of ‘Equality and Diversity’ training in UK NHS Mental-Health settings. Methods and Dissemination Research Group. Greenwood Institute of Child Health, University of Leicester.

Poster Presentations:

George, R.E., O’Reilly, M. & Dogra, N. (2017). Rethinking relationships in healthcare: how to better teach and evaluate diversity education in health care institutions. STEM for Britain, Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Parliamentary House of Commons, London.

George, R.E., O’Reilly, M. & Dogra, N. (2016), Diversity Education in Medicine and Healthcare Institution. Researching Medical Education Conference. The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), Friends House, London.

George, R.E., Thornicroft, G., Farrelly, S. & Dogra, N. (2015) Exploration of cultural competency trainings in UK healthcare settings; a critical interpretive synthesis of the literature. Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Edinburgh, Scotland.