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Dr Ashley Reece

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Dr Ashley Reece MBChB MSc (Clin Paeds) MA (Med Ed) FRCPCH FHEA FAcad MEd

Practising at:

Watford General Hospital and Hemel Hempstead Hospital





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Professional profile

I qualified from University of Leeds School of Medicine in 1995 and worked in and around Yorkshire until I moved to London for Specialist Registrar Training in the London Deanery in 2000.

My training in General Paediatrics and Neonates included time as a Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics at University College London working in undergraduate medical education and contributing to research into the molecular genetics of Infantile Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis.

I was appointed as a consultant at West Hertfordshire Hospitals in 2005. I am a General Paediatrician, proudly working in the NHS. For over 10 years I was the Paediatric lead for the Children’s Emergency Department and oversaw centralisation of acute paediatric services from Hemel to Watford and the redesign and expansion of Children’s Emergency Department

Effective communication is an essential skill for a paediatrician and I aim to help parents of the children I look after understand their child's condition and make informed decisions about their care.

In my time at Watford and Hemel I have developed an interest in children’s allergy and look after many children with allergic conditions. I have been an Honorary Consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital’s Children’s Allergy Clinic.

I have long held a passion for Medical Education. I have developed my skills in teaching by attending, teaching and running education courses covering educational theory, core teaching skills and other aspects of education and training including workplace based assessments, educational supervision and on the job teaching and learning. I have developed skills in both formative and summative assessments at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In 2009 I was awarded an Excellence in Medical Education award from UCL.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators. In 2017 I completed a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Bedfordshire, graduating with Distinction. I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and an Examiner for their postgraduate examinations. Between 2012 and 2016 I was the inaugural Chair of the START Assessment (Speciality Trainee Assessment of Readiness for Tenure [as a Consultant]), the Royal College's assessment of paediatric doctors towards the end of their specialist Paediatric training.

In July 2016 I was appointed the RCPCH Officer for Assessment overseeing workplace based assessment, e-portfolio, START and the introduction of a new Paediatric curriculum. Between 2007 and 2015 I facilitated, the RCPCH's national Paediatric Educators' Programme, an education course for UK Paediatricians, co-running between 2010 and 2015.

In 2014 a book I co-edited with my colleague at Watford was published.Clinical Cases in Paediatrics is a unique training handbook for managing common presentations to Paediatric outpatients.

I am an Instructor and Course Director for Advanced Paediatric Life Support courses.

From October 2015 to March 2020 I was the Undergraduate Tutor for the Medical Students from University College London at Watford General Hospital. In April 2020, amid the Coronavirus pandemic I took up the role of Associate Medical Director for Medical Education.

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