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29 February 2012
A new Director to oversee the UK’s largest programme of medically related postgraduate taught courses for healthcare professionals has been appointed.
Professor Aidan Byrne becomes the School of Medicine’s Director of Graduate Studies responsible for over 1,500 postgraduate students studying over 20 different programmes which enhance the careers and knowledge of healthcare professionals.
As Director, Professor Byrne will provide academic leadership for all postgraduate taught programmes to ensure the School of Medicine remains the UK’s leading provider.
Most of the University’s postgraduate taught programmes are delivered through on-line distance learning which allows health professionals to gain a professional qualification and experience a full university education while continuing their employment.
Dean of the School of Medicine, Professor Paul Morgan said: "In tandem with major changes in the undergraduate programme and structural organisation in the School of Medicine we are developing and integrating our programme of undergraduate and postgraduate provision to align with best practice.
"We have exciting plans for developing a new portfolio of innovative programmes over the next few years. Cardiff University values high quality vocationally focused education and we are planning to build on our enviable reputation for delivery of programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales, the rest of the UK and beyond.
"Professor Byrne is therefore a key appointment and we look forward to working with him in his new role."
Professor Byrne graduated from Cardiff University in 1987 as a doctor and after basic training worked in general medicine, becoming a registrar in 1990.
After transferring to anaesthesia he worked in South Wales and developed an interest in simulation-based training. He designed and built the Anaesthetic Computer Controlled Emergency Situation Simulator (ACCESS) - the first full scale anaesthesia training simulator in the UK.
After becoming a full time consultant in Anaesthesia he continued to develop simulation training, both locally and as president of the UK simulation society (now ASPiH). His main research interest is in the effects of workload on human performance and in particular the measurement of mental workload in real/simulated practice and its role in learning and error.
In 2004 he joined Swansea University, initially developing two new open access skills laboratories with associated e-learning materials, then developing the clinical skills training within the new joint Graduate Entry Programme.
After working with other staff, the clinical skills programme was developed into a fully integrated clinical skills programme and in 2006 he took over as Programme Director.
In 2006 he led the design of a new four year graduate entry medicine programme and led the process of curriculum review, design and implementation– resulting in a fully integrated curriculum with early engagement in clinical reasoning, patient contact and the development of clinical skills and professionalism.
He is currently the University’s Interim Director of Clinical Skills and Simulation.
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