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Dr Judith Ibison

Reader in Primary Care
Judith is Course Director for International MBBS and Deputy Course Director for MBBS

Dr Judith Ibison trained in medicine at Cambridge and the Royal London Hospital. After postgraduate training as a General Practitioner in Tower Hamlets, London, she has developed a portfolio career blending clinical work in general practice, research, public health and latterly medical education.

Current roles are Deputy Course Director for the MBBS Programme at SGUL where she works closely with the senior leadership team for MBBS. Since 2019 she has been Course Director for the International MBBS programme. 

She is Head  for Primary Care, representing the interests of academic primary care at St George's, to external networks. She provides academic liaison to the University of Nicosia for the UNic/SGUL concurrent award of Masters in Family Medicine.

Externally she has just completed appointments as External Examiner for the MBBS programmes at Queen's University, Belfast, and Queen Mary's, University of London until 2021. 

She is currently Secretary to the Head of Departments committee for the Society for Academic Primary Care.


Academic Qualifications

MA (Cantab)

MBBS (University of London)

MRCGP (Distinction)



MSc Epidemiology

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy


After postgraduate training, Dr Judith Ibison worked as a GP in Hackney, then completed an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She subsequently combined clinical work with a Lecturer post in epidemiology at the Wolfson Centre, Queen Mary's University of London (1993-1997). Clinical work continued to be blended with academic work, and public health training as a Senior Registrar in Public Health for North Thames (1997-2000). In 2000, she was appointed clinical lecturer role in primary care at St George's, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer (2010) and then Reader in Primary Care (2017). 

Since 1993 she has been working in Brixton, London as a GP, becoming  a partner in 2014.

Roles at SGUL have included module lead (2000), MBBS curriculum personal and professional development lead (2005). She led a group of colleagues in developing an innovative vertical MBBS assessment domain across all years, which included professionalism and workplace based assessments (2007 onwards).

From 2016-2019 she was Deputy Dean for Students for the SGUL, working with the Dean for students in overseeing student welfare and student behaviour, including fitness to practise proceedings.

From 2019 to date she has been Deputy Course Director for Medicine and in 2020 became Course Director for the International MBBS programme.

Externally she has enjoyed appointments as External Examiner for the MBBS programmes at Queen's University, Belfast, and Queen Mary's, University of London until 2021. She has also been an external panelist for Fitness to Practise proceedings at other Universities.

In 2014-2019, she was appointed to the Board of Compass Wellbeing, a social enterprise providing Taking Therapies to the Tower Hamlets population . 

She is a clinical advisor to the Charity 'Verity' which promotes the wellbeing of women with polycystic ovaries. 

Dr Ibison is not a Principal Investigator but has been involved in research throughout her portfolio career using epidemiological methodology and qualitative approaches. She collaborated with SGUL principal investigator Mrs Sally Kerry and colleagues on studies relating to a trial of home blood pressure monitoring in stroke patients.

Dr Ibison has also collaborated with colleagues in PHRI on the Pace-Up study of physical activity using pedometers and structured support to increase physical activity levels in older people.

Her current research is educational in focus, currently looking at leadership skill acquisition and developing effective online teaching.

Dr Ibison has clinical and academic interests in reproductive and mental health. She has created lectures for junior medical students in reproductive health, the health of doctors and contributes to an iBSc primary care module with a session on mental health. She is a clinical advisor to Verity a charity which supports women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

Whilst at SGUL, given her interest in medical professionalism, she has created sessions on professionalism topics such as academic integrity, managing uncertainty, healthy doctors, professional boundaries. With colleagues she has developed sessions for undergraduates in communicating numerical risk. More recently, she has been working with colleagues to develop the leadership and quality improvement curricular content of the MBBS programme. She has contributed to University partnership developments with the University of Nicosia and Ulster.

Dr Ibison supervises quality improvement projects and student selected components on leadership with students. She supervises GP academic clinical fellows on projects relating to undergraduate and postgraduate education in primary care.

Dr Ibison has presented educational innovations and/or run workshops at AMEE, ASME, SAPC and DEMEC as well as internal events such as the SGUL annual clinical teachers day. 

She became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2015

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