UCL Medical School


Introduction to Clinical Teaching

This longstanding, successful course (formerly Training to Teach) has been running since 1996. It is kept current and relevant through ongoing evaluation and iterative development.

Who is it for?

This course enables healthcare professionals to develop their teaching skills, focusing on approaches to planning and facilitating teaching and learning in classroom and clinical environments, as well as facilitating opportunistic learning for their students.

We have fostered longstanding partnerships with local hospital trusts to provide regular, commissioned courses for junior doctors and dentists. We also offer a self sign-up option, popular with both UK and international delegates.

Delegates will also receive a certificate of attendance and participation upon completion of the course.

How is it delivered?

We use a blended learning approach of asynchronous and synchronous online activities. Expert clinical educators work with small groups of learners (maximum 6 per group) in a highly interactive one-day synchronous Zoom session, supported by user access, before and after the synchronous day, to online resources in the form of videos, interactive presentations and additional resources through our UCL eXtend education platform.

What do we cover?

Topics include:

  • planning teaching
  • teaching and learning in different settings
  • facilitation skills
  • feedback
  • opportunistic teaching.

How to apply

Book for our 2022-23 courses

The course fee is £350.00 and payment must be made at the point of application. 

Please note: 

  • We are unable to offer any fee exemptions or discounts for individual applicants.
  • If you are Royal Free NHS Trust Staff or an HEE Trainee working at UCLH, you can apply for one of the (limited number of) funded place on specific courses. Please contact uclms.trainingtoteach@ucl.ac.uk for more information. 
  • Please ensure you have approved study leave and are able to attend before booking.

The teaching team

Dr Julie Evans

Dr Julie Evans, Medical Education MSc

Julie is an experienced anaesthetic/pain management consultant and lecturer in clinical communication skills. Julie challenges learners to think about all the opportunities we face in life where we are facilitating learning of others, both within and outside the traditional "teaching" environments. 

Ms Ruth Sugden

Ms Ruth Sugden, Medical Education MSc

Ruth has a vast amount of clinical nursing experience (paediatric A&E, community, sexual health, forensic sexual health & palliative care) and is a qualified mindfulness coach. She has developed and led programmes to help struggling medical students and has a holistic approach to supporting and developing learning.

Prof. Jo Brown

Prof. Jo Brown

A specialist in clinical communication, Jo has been teaching since 1992. In 2012 she won a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship award from the Higher Education Academy. She has a Doctorate in Education and has published extensively on transfer of learning from classroom to clinical environment and the challenges to learning in the clinical workplace. 

What do our delegates say?

In the academic year 2021-22, the overall satisfaction score was 92% (116 respondents). 83% of delegates found pre-course online material useful and 96% found the synchronous learning activities useful.

The whole course was really excellent. Ruth's enthusiasm is infectious!
Really helpful to get individualised feedback. The course facilitators were fantastic and made the course
Very interactive. Very slick use of zoom technology. Good volume of information. Good take home messages.
Very friendly atmosphere with an ability to participate in the discussion in small groups. In my practice, the first online course that did not feel inferior to face-to-face interaction.