Dr Jean FisherFRCGP, FHEA, FAcadMEd, MMedEd, MCommH, BSc, DTM&H, DRCOG, DFFP

Clinical Senior Lecturer (Hon Cons Stat)

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Studying and practicing medicine can be challenging at an intellectual, emotional and sometimes physical level. As doctors, we all have times when we question our own decisions, choices and actions. So it is essential that the doctors of tomorrow know how to care for themselves as well as for their patients and that we build a health and education system that promotes this.

As Associate Programme Director (APD) for Student Wellbeing I aim to enhance the well-being of all students, as well as supporting students who access dedicated services within the programme and university. I lead the MB ChB programme’s strategy for student wellbeing and pastoral support.  I have direct responsibility for the student support service (Student Welfare and Professionalism Support - SWAPs) and oversee the programme’s support for students with disabilities, in liaison with the University’s support services (DASS, Occupational Health).  

As a member of the MBChB senior leadership team, I contribute more generally to the management and leadership of the programme.

My previous role as Associate Programme Director of Student Experience in Manchester, when I worked closely with the student reps,  gave me a good insight into student views and helped to prepare me for my current role. Those who knew me in that role will know that I am not afaid to speak up if I feel it appropriate but will also listen to reasoned argument, try to understand, explain clarify and seek compromise where this is needed.

Outside the University, I am a GP. As my workload in medical education has grown, my clinical work has had to decrease, therefore I an now a GP locum rather than taking on managerial responsbiity in a practice.

Finally, around once a year, I assess doctors who have been identified as having performance difficulties for the National Clinical Assessment Service.


My career path has been rich and varied - I like to think of it as a good example of how much fun you can have if you choose to follow your interests.

After finishing my GP training, I was lucky enough to spend several years working in Africa and Asia, (where I aim to return in the future).  Whilst overseas I found a passion (and I hope flare) for teaching - I enjoy demystifying medical concepts to make them accessible to students and patients. Hence I now combine teaching and clinical practice. 

Prior to joining the University, I taught refugee doctors, helping them to requalify and adapt to the NHS, by making use of my experience of working across cultural barriers. See www.reache.wordpress.com

My clinical career in general practice reflects my teaching interests. For over seven years I was part of a practice in Huddersfield serving asylum seekers, refugees, drug users, alcoholics and the homeless. This was a population I learned a huge amount from and an experience I try to use to motivate and enthuse our students.

After a few years back in mainstream practice refreshing my skills in care of complex multimorbidity in the elderly UK population, I am now back to working in a Shefifeld practice (closer to my home) serving asylum seekers and victims of trafficking.

 Every day is different and every consultation brings something new to learn.

Social responsibility

I like to encourage and enthuse our students to consider how they can also contribute by challenging health inequities, whether this be by humanitarian work overseas or closer to home working with the groups traditionally considered to be harder to reach.

I support REACHE Northwest, an education centre which helps refugee health professional requalify to work in the UK.

In my spare time I also volunteer for the National Trust, getting rid of my energy and angst by cutting down invasive plants and building big bonfires.














  • asylum seekers, diversity, social inclusion

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