Dr Janet Skinner




Consultant in Emergency Medicine, NHS Lothian.

Director of Clinical Skills at the University  of Edinburgh.

Janet is a local East Lothian lass who has never actually managed to leave. She graduated from Edinburgh in 1994 and trained in SE Scotland becoming a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh in 2007. During her SpR training she developed an interest in medical education and had some time out of programme to do a Masters and a research fellowship.

Half of her current post is as Director of Clinical Skills at the University of Edinburgh, leading and co-ordinating undergraduate clinical skills and acute care teaching. This means that she frequently gets the blame for every ‘failing’ of junior doctors from other consultants! She is responsible, with the rest of the clinical skills team, for running the clinical skills and simulation centre in Chancellor’s Building.

She is also the module organiser for the year 5 Emergency Medicine medical student attachment and is particularly interested in trying to ensure that students have a positive learning experience in ED, rather than leaving feeling like ‘cannulation monkeys’.

Janet has 1PA for work with NHS Education Scotland through their Clinical Skills Managed Educational Network that co-ordinates clinical skills teaching across Scotland, including managing a mobile skills unit that delivers teaching to remote and rural areas. She was the abdominal modules section editor for the CEM ENLIGHTENme project.

Most importantly, she is proud mum to two ‘kittens’…..Molly and Daisy. 

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