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Centre for Medical Education Research

 Centre for Medical Education Research

The Centre for Medical Education Research is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of research and teaching staff located across Durham and Queens Campuses.

Medical Education Research is concerned with the education and training of the clinical team to enhance performance and professionalism, for the benefit of patients and society.

Our vision is specifically to develop research to understand and improve the working of the clinical team in the changing context of healthcare. Our research is informed by a number of perspectives: clinical, patient, social and policy. We aim to identify relevant changes, question the assumptions behind them, and work towards a shared vision and understanding of new directions in healthcare.

The Centre for Medical Education research activity and areas of interest falls under a number of themes.

If you are interested in a research collaboration, please contact a member of staff.


New publication in BMJ OPEN on restriction of working hours

This Centre research on doctors undertaking Foundation and specialty training looked at the effects of UK Working Time Regulations. Using a focus group and telephone interviews the authors concluded that due to a range of issues fatigue was percieved to affect efficiency of skills, judgement, mood and learning capacity; therefore this needs ongoing attention.

Have restricted working hours reduced junior doctors’ experience of fatigue? by


Literature review in Medical Education published by Paul Crampton

Previous reviews have often taken a positivist approach by only looking at outcome measures. This review addresses the question: What are the strengths and weaknesses for medical students and supervisors of community placements in underserved areas? 

A systematic literature review of undergraduate clinical placements in underserved areas Crampton,PES; McLachlan,J and Illing, JC in Medical Education (47:10 pp 969-978)

Read about the Twitter e-journal club discussion around this paper

One in five UK NHS staff report bullying by colleagues

Read more about the research led by the Centre for Medical Education Research.

Professor Jan Illing was the Principal Investigator.

North East Local Education and Training Board Launch

The North East Local Education and Training Board (formerly LETB, but now Health Education North East, HENE) was launched on 11 April 2013 at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. Prof Illing, Dr Morrow and Prof McLachlan attended the launch of HENE and displayed relevant research outputs from Durham University. Read more about this event

Thursday 15 May 2014

Contact Details

Centre for Medical Education Research
Burdon House
Leazes Road
Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 8195
Group email:

School of Medicine and Health
Durham University
Queen’s Campus
University Boulevard
United Kingdom
TS17 6BH
Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 0340
Fax: +44 (0) 191 334 0321
Link to Centre Blog

The University is the recipient of a bronze award for the Athena SWAN Charter. The School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health are in the process of applying for the silver award.

Athena Swan Bronze Award