Gemma Dart is a Speciality Doctor in Acute Oncology at St James’s University Hospital. Thanks to £3,250 worth of funding from Leeds Cares she was able to apply for a PGcert qualification in clinical education at Leeds University.

As part of the course, Gemma taught a group of fourth year medical students on placement at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, helping them to develop their skills in a clinical environment.

This educational opportunity helped Gemma to enhance the student's learning experience at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and she received exceptional feedback from her 2018 - 2019 cohort of students.

In December 2019, Gemma completed her postgraduate certificate, passing with a merit. She told us, “This new qualification has opened up so many opportunities. I am pleased to say I have successfully gained the role of Year Four Lead for the 'Cancer and Continuing Care' aspect of the course.”

Gemma is now looking to complete a master’s degree in clinical education, to continue to develop her own teaching practice. She is keen to lead others in her department to develop their own skills and help improve the educational experience of medical students in Leeds.

Leeds Cares is proud to fund educational development opportunities for staff members across Leeds Teaching Hospitals like Gemma. By funding staff education, we're helping to ensure that patients and their families continue to benefit from the best possible care.