Dr Jo Brown is Head of Clinical Communication, Academic Director of the Student Experience and lead for the Patient and Doctor Theme in the Medicine MBBS curriculum.
In 2012 she won a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship award from the Higher Education Academy and has been made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was awarded a Doctoral Thesis Prize by the Emerald Publishing Group and won the Drapers Prize for excellence in Teaching and Learning in 2003.
She is the lead editor for a groundbreaking new textbook, ‘Clinical Communication in Medicine’. The book groups together the evidence for, and pedagogical practice of, clinical communication education in the UK.
Dr Brown is a member of the Association for the Study of Medical Education, the Association for Medical Education in Europe, the UK Council of Clinical Communication Education and the Higher Education Academy.
Dr Brown leads a team of lecturers to deliver a comprehensive clinical communication curriculum. She began her career in nursing and management and has been teaching since 1992. She has specialised in clinical communication education since 1998.
She has a particular interest in providing academic support for students who struggle or fail whilst at medical school. She is a curriculum designer, responsible examiner and an external examiner. She is passionate about all education and champions pedagogical practice that leads to innovation and excellence.
Dr Brown recently set up the Clinical Communication curriculum at the new St George’s Medical School in Cyprus 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. Dr Brown developed and delivers postgraduate courses for senior doctors on using advanced clinical communication in everyday clinical practice.
She is regularly invited to be a visiting academic by medical schools in the UK and abroad to advise on curriculum development, teaching and learning issues, and faculty development.
Brown J, Noble L, Papageorgiou A, Kidd J, editors. (November 2015) Clinical Communication in Medicine. London, UK: Wiley Blackwell. (in press).
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. (June 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. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
Brown J. Behaviourism as a way of learning. (November 2015) In: Brown J, Noble L, Papageorgiou A, Kidd J, editors. Clinical Communication in Medicine. London UK: Wiley Blackwell. (in press)
.Brown J. Situated and Workbased Learning. (November 2015) In: Brown J, Noble L, Papageorgiou A, Kidd J, editors. Clinical Communication in Medicine. London UK: Wiley Blackwell. (in press).
Evans D and Brown J. Supporting Students in Difficulty, in ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine, Cantillon P and Wood D, Editors. 2010, Blackwell Publishing Ltd. p.78-82
Selected peer reviewed articles
Brown J, Dearnaley J. Learning & Teaching Clinical Communication in the Clinical Workplace. The Clinical Teacher. 2015. (in press).
- Brown J. (2014). Clinical Communication in the clinical workplace. International Journal of Clinical Skills.
- Brown J. (2013). Learning Clinical Communication Skills: Certificate, Diploma, Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning in Medicine. FAIMER, CenMEDIC
- Brown J. (2012). Perspective: clinical communication education in the United kingdom: some fresh insights. Academic Medicine: journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 87(8): 1101-1104
- Al-Jawad M, Brown J, and Clatworthy J (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, and Gray LE (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, AM, Brown J, et al. (2007) Communication Skills can be learned. BMJ
- Cheung C, Brown J, and Chesser A. (2007). A student-led programme to raise awareness of organ donation. The Clinical Teacher, 4, 165-169
- Brown J, and Evans D (2005). Supporting students who struggle academically. The Higher Education Academy Journal 01.8(01.8), 26-27
- Naish J, Stevens T, and Brown J (1998). Perceptions of Violence and 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 Dentistry
- Brown J (1998). The computer in the general practice consultation: a literature review. Health Informatics, 4, 106-108
- 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
Dr Brown reviews articles for Medical Education, Medical Teacher, Academic Medicine, The International Journal of Medical Education, Patient Education and Counseling and the BMJ. She reviews books for the Times Higher Education Textbook Guide.
She has been an External Examiner at Southampton Medical School (2008-2011), Birmingham Medical School (2009-2012), the University of Bedfordshire (2011-2015) and Exeter Medical School (2013-2016).
- Brown J, Lobb-Rossini K (2014). 'Learning authentic Clinical Communication: an educational initiative in the clinical workplace'. Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Milan.
- Brown J, Kubacki A (2013). 'Advanced Clinical Communication in the postgraduate medical arena – a collaboration between Trust and Medical School'. St George's, University of London Education Day.
- Brown J, Dearnaley J (2013). 'Learning Clinical Communication in the authentic clinical workplace' – presenting the 'Communication on the Wards' project. St George's, University of London Education Day.
- Brown J, Turner MA (2013). 'Talk to me and not my Mum – learning and teaching communication with people with intellectual disability'. UK Council of Clinical Communication Conference, Manchester.
- Brown J (2012). 'Clinical Communication in the Clinical Workplace'. International Medical Educators Exchange faculty development event, St George's, University of London, London.
- Brown J (2012). 'Clinical Communication in the Clinical Workplace – a view from the classroom'. St George's, University of London Education Day, London.
- Brown J (2012). 'Using experiential learning in your teaching practice – a taste of the collaboration between facilitator and learner'. St George's, University of London Education Day, London.
- Brown J (2012). 'Clinical Communication in the Clinical Workplace – a personal journey'. Doctoral School presentation, Institute of Education, London.
- Brown J (2012). Keynote presentation: 'Clinical Communication – from Practise to Practice in the clinical workplace'. South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE), Bloemfontein, South Africa.
- Brown J (2012). 'A Little Taste of Experiential Learning' – a workshop. SAAHE. Bloemfontein, South Africa.
- Brown J (2012). 'Through the Looking Glass – Clinical Communication in the Clinical Workplace'. OTTAWA. Kuala Lumpur.
- Brown J (2011). 'Integrating communication and clinical skills teaching with ethics: an authentic approach?' UK Council of Clinical Communication Annual General Meeting, Birmingham.
- Schomberg L, Ong Y, Brown J, Miles E (2011). 'Teaching Tips when Time is Tight'. Inaugural London School of Medicine and Medical Specialties Leadership and Innovation conference, London.
Dr Brown’s research interests centre on the movement of learning from classroom to clinical environment and the challenges to learning in the clinical workplace. Her recent research explored the application of workplace learning theory to the teaching and learning of clinical communication.