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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.

Research

Publications

Recent Publications:

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., 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. (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.

 

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.

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