Management Team


The Centre has a small Management Team of clinical academics based at St Catherine’s College. The Director and Co-Director are Bill Fulford (doctor and philosopher) and Ashok Handa (surgeon). Ed Peile (doctor and medical educationalist) is the lead for training developments. Tom Dobbs and Zoe Barber (surgical registrars) run the program on surgical care. David Davies (medical educator and health technologist) and Jenette Sefton (mental health educator and e-marketing) run the website.

Zoe Barber
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Zoe studied Medicine at the University of Oxford, where she won the Tutor’s Prize in Surgery. She is currently taking a year out of her Higher Surgical Training in General Surgery to take up a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to travel to America with the aim of setting up a UK charity on her return to the UK. Her interest in VBP started as part of the team setting up the VBP in Surgery seminar series in Oxford.

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David Davies
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David is Associate Professor at Warwick Medical School with responsibility for academic leadership in technology enhanced learning. His research interests are primarily around educational technology including digital technologies in resource poor settings. He was one of the lead researchers in the EC-funded ETATMBA project, the main aim of which was to enhance the training and professionalisation of clinical officers in Malawi and Tanzania through the development of leadership, service improvement, and values based practice. David spends several weeks each year working in Africa on teaching and training activities.
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Thomas Dobbs
tom dobbs
Tom graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Oxford, followed by receiving the Hobson Mann scholarship and a Distinction in Clinical Medicine. He undertook his core surgical training in Oxford and is now an Academic Clinical Fellow in Plastic Surgery at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery. His interest in VBP began in Oxford where he was part of the team who set up the VBP in Surgery seminar series.

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Bill (KWM) Fulford
Bill Fulford
Bill is a Fellow of St Catherine’s College and Member of the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford; and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Warwick Medical School. Values-based practice builds on his work in philosophical value theory. As Special Adviser for Values-Based Practice in the Department of Health (2007 – 2011) Bill led on a number of early training and policy initiatives combining evidence-based and values-based approaches.

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Lucy Fulford Smith
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Lucy Fulford-Smith is a surgical trainee with an interest in both undergraduate and postgraduate education. She has been working with the Collaborating Centre for over a year, developing the surgical values-based practice program.

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Ashok Handa
ashok handa
Ashok is a vascular surgeon in the Nuffield Department of Surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He is a Fellow by Special Election in Medicine at St Catherine’s College where he is also Tutor for Graduates. He is the Clinical Tutor in Surgery for the University and Associate Director of Clinical Studies for Oxford Medical School. Besides values-based practice he has a range of collaborative research interests including patient safety and outcomes.

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Ed Peile
Ed Peile
Ed is Professor Emeritus in Medical Education, University of Warwick, a Fellow of three Royal Medical Colleges in the UK, and was awarded the 2009 President’s Medal of the Academy of Medical Educators for his lifetime achievement in medical education. He has now retired from clinical practice but remains active in academic life, researching and publishing on values-based practice. He was recently appointed Chair of the Education, Training and Standards Committee of the Academy of Healthcare Sciences.

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Jenette Sefton
Jen Sefton
Jenette’s interest in values-based practice resulted from developing teaching and learning materials for the Philosophy and Ethics of Mental Health (PEMH) Master’s Degree course at the University of Warwick where she was Co-Course Director. She also runs a marketing business, ‘design-ed’, that promotes products and services and includes market research and web design. As website manager she has set up and now runs the website for the Centre through her marketing and web design company, ‘design-ed’.

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