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Dr Geoffrey Wells

Geoffrey Wells

Dr Geoffrey Wells (MBBS, BSC (Hons), MRCP, PGCert(MedEd), MAcadMEd)

Research Fellow in Medical Education
E: G.Wells@bsms.ac.uk
Location: 344a Watson Building, University of Brighton, Falmer Campus, BN1 9PH

Areas of expertise: Registrar in Palliative Medicine.

Biography

Geoffrey is an ST5 registrar training in palliative medicine within the London deanery and has taken a year out to pursue teaching and educational interests within medicine as part of an Out Of Programme Experience (OOPE). He completed his undergraduate training at St George’s, University of London in 2011 before undertaking his foundation training at Worthing General Hospital, and core medical training at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.  During his first year in specialist training, Geoffrey worked at St John’s Hospice in North London, a busy 18-bed inpatient unit with access to acute services and up to date imaging facilities. This hospice covered a wide catchment area spanning North West and Central London. 

He has recently completed his second year of training at The Royal Marsden Hospital, Chelsea looking after patients with both common and rare cancers.  During this year he has had the opportunity to work alongside world-leading oncologists specialising in innovative and novel research-based management of sarcoma, melanoma and breast cancers to name a few. His time at the Royal Marsden has enabled Geoffrey to develop his skills in the management of extremely complex, advanced and refractory symptoms in patients with complex social and cultural backgrounds.

Research

Geoffrey is currently undertaking a 2-year Medical Doctorate combining his interests of both palliative medicine and medical education. His research is specifically looking at whether we can use simulation to teach medical students how to care for a dying patient and their family, specifically whether confidence and preparedness in caring for the dying can be improved. This is currently very topical with clear outcomes and expectations for graduating medical students to be able to care for dying patients with skill, empathy, and compassion. He will be presenting aspects of his work in this field at AMEE 2019.

Teaching

During both his undergraduate and postgraduate training, Geoffrey has sought opportunities to teach others. As a fourth year medical student, he was involved in the peer support teaching group at St Georges, teaching medical students from years 1 and 2 both clinical and examination skills. Geoffrey has built upon this during his foundation and core training taking opportunities to present at grand rounds, as well as teaching allied health professionals and medical students. As a specialist trainee he has been responsible for the organisation of a regional palliative care journal club, amalgamating trainees from Charing Cross and St Mary’s hospitals as well as two local hospices. He has taught allied colleagues within the hospice setting, and has accepted requests to teach on weekly SHO programmes and present palliative care symptom control management at regional study days. Geoffrey will continue to build upon his teaching work whilst embarking upon his Medical Doctorate. 

Selected publications

Wells G, Kamal L. Case study masterclass 92: Parenteral nutrition at home for a 43-year-old high flyer. European Journal of Palliative Care. 2017; 24 (4): 172-174

Wells G. (2017). Review of 'In Pursuit of a Dignified Life’s End, The Belgian Model', by Distelmans W.  Review available here

Wells G, Mason L, Foreman E, Chambers J.  Continuous subcutaneous levetiracetam in the management of seizures at the end of life: a case report.  Age and Ageing. 2016; 0: 1-2

Wells G, Ball C, Stern J.  A prospective review of the support services provided by the Tourettes Action Charity. J Neurol Neurosurg Psych. 2009; 80: 828