Kirsty Egan

Patient Partner Coordinator


I joined The Centre for Medical Education in 2008 as Patient Partner Coordinator / Fellow in Medical Education. I am responsible for 350 volunteer real patients who are involved in assessment and teaching for doctors in training. I am also Module Organiser for a novel Team module in MBChB where fourth year medical students undertake placements learning about fundamental aspects of patient care with nursing staff.

I qualified in 1997 with BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh before embarking on a nursing career in acute adult healthcare environments, latterly in critical care nursing where I spent 10 years as a charge nurse in an adult High Dependency Unit.



BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (1993-97)

Specialist Practitioner Qualification Critical Care Nursing (2002 -2003)

MSc (Clinical Education) (2008-11)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Research summary

Since joining the CME my keen area of research interest lies with the patient experience as detailed below.

Current research interests

Interprofessional ways of working and apprenticeship learning as medical students

Past research interests

My Dissertation for the MSc Clinical Education focused on patients’ perceptions and attitudes following their assistance in medical student teaching. In 2014 I researched ways in which patient feedback could be gathered from a variety of patient groups involved in undergraduate medical education. Interviews and analysis included the EPPSAT volunteer group / NHS Lothian Inpatients and Simulated Patients.

Project activity

Exploring Ways In Which Feedback Can Be Gathered From Patients Involved in Undergraduate Medical Education

What Are Patients Perceptions of and Attitudes to Assisting in Undergraduate Medical Education

Past project grants

Clinical Skills Managed Education Network Grant

Innovation Initiative Grant