Dr Janet Skinner

Director of Clincial Skills, Theme head for Emergency Care and Clinical Skills, Centre for Medical Education Member, MD/PhD supervisor


I graduated from Edinburgh Medical School  in 1994 and trained in SE Scotland becoming a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in the Royal Infirmary in 2007. During my SpR training I developed an interest in medical education and had some time out of programme to do a Masters and a research fellowship. Within the Emergency Department I am the Year 5 Emergency Medicine Module Organiser and a Personal Tutor. My clinical interests include the management of vulnerable patients in the ED; particularly frequent attenders, the elderly and patients with mental health problems.

The other half of my current post is as Director of Clinical Skills and a senior member of the Centre for Medical Education, leading and co-ordinating undergraduate clinical skills and acute care teaching. I am responsible, with the rest of the clinical skills team, for running the clinical skills and simulation centre in Chancellor’s Building. My research interests lie in preparation for practice and I currently chair the CME research committee and supervise a number of MD and PhD students. I am a Faculty Member of the Clincial Educator Programme and regularly deliver workshops on improving the delivery of ad hoc clinical teaching .


MBChB Edinburgh 1994


MSc Med Ed 2000

FRCEM 2006

Research summary

Preparation for practise, non-technical skills, acute care and clinical procedures, stress, wellbeing and end of life care

  • Drummond I, Sheikh G, Skinner J, Woods M. Exploring the feasibility and acceptability of using tactical decision games to develop final year medical students’ non-technical skills. Medical Teacher, published ahead online, April 2016
  • Tallentire V, Smith S, Skinner J, H Cameron. Exploring patterns of error in acute care using framework analysis. BMC Medical Education 2015; 15(3)
  • Tang CM, Aitken D, Skinner J. Teaching in: The unofficial guide to medical research, audit and teaching, published January 2015, 127-139 (runner up 2015 BMJ book awards)
  • Skinner J, Hardie L, Beasant B, Baker A, Ker J, O’neill A, Morse J. ‘Trochars no more’: Teaching chest drain insertion to remote and rural practitioners using a mobile skills unit. Medical Teacher 2015; (37)6: 585-588
  • Saunders C, Hryhorskyi L, Skinner J. Factors influencing stethoscope cleanliness among clinical medical students. J Hosp Infect. 2013; 84(3):242-4
  • Tallentire V, Smith S, Skinner J, Cameron HSC Exploring errors in team-based acute care scenarios: an observational study from the United Kingdom. Academic Medicine 2012; 87 (6): 792-98
  • Tallentire V, Smith S, Skinner J, Cameron HSC. As easy as ABC? Understanding the factors affecting newly qualified doctors abilities to deliver acute care. Medical Education 2011; 45: 995-1005
  • Tallentire V, Smith S, Skinner J, Cameron HSC. The preparedness of UK graduates in acute care: a systematic literature review. Postgraduate Medical Journal 2011;88:365-371