Lorraine Close

Clinical Skills Facilitator

  • The Edinburgh Medical School
  • Centre for Medical Education
  • Emergency Care Clinical and Resuscitation Skills

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Lorraine joined the CME in February 2012 as a member of the Emergency Care, Clinical and Resuscitation Skills team. Her post as a clinical skills facilitator involves working with the other members of the ECCARS team teaching and assessing clinical skills and resuscitation across all 6 years of the MBChB. She enjoys trying out new approaches to clinical education, working as part of the ECCARS team to keep teaching and learning interesting and fun for student and teacher alike and is involved in implementing innovative approaches to teaching including inter-professional simulation and 'flipping the classroom'. She is also a Personal Tutor to a group of 12 medical students, this is one of her favourite aspects of work.

Lorraine is yoga teacher and director of Edinburgh Community Yoga Outreach, a not for profit organisation that offers yoga practices across Edinburgh.  She combines these roles with an interest in  strategies for supporting  stress management, self care and positive wellbeing for health care professionals and medical students and runs workshops on caring for self, the stress response and mind/body practices in NHS Lothian.

Lorraine is a nurse by background with clinical experience working in acute medicine and neurosurgery. After several years of travelling and living and working in India she completed a Diploma in Tropical Nursing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is now putting that qualification to good use by living and working in Edinburgh where she frequently encounters a wide variety of tropical diseases.


MSc by Research (Nursing) (current)

BSc (Hons) Nursing

Diploma in Tropical Nursing

Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hours)


Research summary

 Exploring the experiences of medical students on clinical attachments

Perceptions of the mental wellbeing of FY1s (MSc by research project)

Medical student mental wellbeing and self care

How mind/body interventions can support mental wellbeing of undergraduate and post graduate health care staff