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Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden to give keynote speech on Bawa-Garba at the Association for Medical Humanities at Birbeck College

  • Keynes Library, Birbeck School of Arts 43 Gordon Square London, England, WC1H 0PD United Kingdom (map)

“After Bawa-Garba: Relocating Reflective Practice”

Dr Bawa-Garba’s suspension and subsequent reinstatement has raised a mass of questions about the GMC, about clinical practice, and crucially about the role of reflective practice in postgraduate medical education, in educational supervision, and in CPD.

This free one-day colloquy explores key issues both in Dr Bawa-Garba’s case and in its aftermath, asking the question: how can the critical understandings provided by problem- based medical humanities support doctors in secure, personally authentic, professionally effective reflection?


Dr Sammy Batt-Rawden is an Intensive Care Registrar and Chair of grass-roots lobbying organisation The Doctors’ Association UK.

Dr Joe O’Dwyer is a consultant in anaesthesia and pain management. He holds a Master’s degree in Medical Humanities and is President of the Association of Medical Humanities.

Dr Jo Winning is Reader in Modern Literature and Critical Theory, and Director of Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities. Her critique of Dr Bawa-Garba’s case was published last month in Feminist Encounters: with-feminist-epistemology-and-the-practice-based-medical-humanities-3888

Kathleen Sullivan is a Senior Coach specialising in supporting both doctors in training and career-grade doctors to meet and manage their career and life challenges.

Professor Zoë Playdon was Professor of Postgraduate Medical Education and Head of Education at NHS Kent, Surrey and Sussex Regional Postgraduate Medical Deanery for 23 years. As Emeritus Professor of Medical Humanities she researches, speaks, and writes on key topics in practice-based medical humanities.


Welcome and Introduction: Dr Joe O’Dwyer, President of AMH.

Setting the scene: Dr Jo Winning, Director of Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Sammy Batt-Rawden, Chair of The Doctors’ Association UK.

Keynote Respondents: Sharing perspectives, experiences, and strategies.

Reflection: Participants will work in small groups to discuss concerns and issues arising from the presentations.

Plenary: A rapporteur from each group will report back on hot issues. Lunch

Keynote Experiential Workshop: A strengths-based approach to finding your balance. Kathleen Sullivan, Senior Coach, City Road Therapy Rooms, London

Relocating Reflective Practice: Prof Zoë Playdon, Emeritus Professor of Medical Humanities, University of London, and Dr Jo Winning, Director of Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities.

Plenary: Participants will set and share their intentions.

Places are limited and on a first come, first served basis. To attend, email:

Earlier Event: November 21
DAUK meets Leslie Hamilton