Dr Debra Patten
University of Newcastle
As Director of Anatomy and Clinical Skills at Newcastle University and Human Tissue Authority (HTA) Designated Individual, I have the legal responsibility for the regulated activities of anatomical examination at Newcastle University and its satellite sites, namely, Durham University Queen's Campus, the Temporal Bone Laboratory at James Cook University Hospital Middlesbrough and the Newcastle Surgical Training Centre at Freeman Hospital.
I have a lead responsibility for developing the teaching strategy for anatomy and clinical skills, ensuring that the teaching methods used are innovative and produce successful outcomes for our students. I am a member of the Executive Committee of Newcastle Surgical Training Centre which uses human tissues for surgical skills simulation and places Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Trust at the forefront of surgical skills training in UK.
I am a graduate of the University of Sheffield (Anatomy and Cell Biology) and I gained my PhD in Neuropharmacology at the University of Durham. I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from the University of Southampton. My academic interests and publications are focussed on anatomy and clinical skills, particularly related to innovations in anatomy teaching, learning and assessment; I have led the introduction of ultrasound into undergraduate anatomy teaching. I have been teaching anatomy for fifteen years and my expertise in the field has been recognised by both the Higher Education Academy and the CETL4HealthNE.
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