School of Medical Education

Staff Profile

Dr Amelia Kehoe

Research Associate

Background

I have been employed as a Research Associate within the School of Medical Education to support a specific project funded by the Department Of Health. The project is currently underway by the research team within the School, its initial aim being to explore the Education Outcomes Framework using a realist approach. The research team are hoping to illustrate the impact of educational interventions on patient benefit. I will be working with Professor Jan Illing and her research team. 

My background is in Occupational Psychology, however my interest has recently moved to Medical Education. My interests are very much around postgraduate training, transitions and Realist methodology.

I have recently gained my PhD in Medical Education from Durham University, thesis entitled ‘A study to explore how interventions support the successful transition of Overseas Medical Graduates to the NHS: Developing and refining theory using realist approaches'. This PhD was funded by North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust in order to evaluate their ‘Programme for Overseas Doctors’ and to explore the overall impact of interventions to help support overseas doctors in their transition. During my PhD I have gained a lot of insight into the transition of Overseas Medical Graduates and have been able to feed my findings into the work conducted by HEENE and the GMC. I am currently working on a number of projects that have used the framework developed in my PhD to feed into the design of their interventions.


Research

Education

PhD in Medical Education(Durham University). November 2013 – March 2016 – This PhD was funded by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. My research project explored the impact of interventions to support overseas doctors in their transition to the UK workplace. Using a realist approach, a theoretical model was developed. It highlighted the contextual factors that may facilitate or hinder the success of interventions implemented to support the transition of overseas medical graduates. A Programme for Overseas Doctors has been developed at North Tees; now a mandatory requirement for those new to practice in the UK.

MSc Occupational Psychology – Distinction (Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne). September 2011 - September 2012 - The master’s programme at Northumbria has provided me with a variety of skills and essential abilities, such as advanced qualitative and quantitative analysis, counselling skills, career development and interview training. My time on the programme also provided me with vast knowledge in areas such as training, selection, employee relations, and organisational change and development.

BSc (Hons) Psychology – Upper Second Class Degree (Northumbria University). September 2008 - September 2011 - The BSc Psychology degree at Northumbria University provided me with valuable knowledge, theory, analysis, statistical and communication skills.

Presentations at academic meetings

Kehoe, A., Illing, J., McLachlan, J., Forrest, S., Carter, M., & Metcalf, J. A study to explore how interventions support the successful transition of overseas doctors to the NHS. AMEE Annual Scientific Meeting August 2017, Helsinki (oral).

Kehoe, A. The evaluation of the Programme for Overseas Doctors and current developments. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust Annual Deanery Quality Visit June 2017 (oral).

Kehoe, A. Research Model Evaluation. Trust Session - Supporting Doctors New to UK Practice February 2017. Health Education England.

Invitation to present findings at National Association for Clinical TutorsKehoe, A. Implementing a programme for overseas doctors. Training the new Generation: A meeting for leaders in Postgraduate Medical Education across the Specialties January 2017, London (oral).

Kehoe, A., Illing, J., McLachlan, J., Forrest, S., Carter, M., & Metcalf, J. How can we support the transition of overseas doctors to the UK? A realist evaluation. HEENE Future of Medical Education Conference September 2016 (oral).

Kehoe, A., Illing, J., McLachlan, J., Forrest, S., Carter, M., & Metcalf, J. How to implement a Programme for Overseas Doctors: Findings from a realist evaluation. AMEE Annual Scientific Meeting August 2016, Barcelona (chosen as a research paper, oral).

Kehoe, A., Illing, J., McLachlan, J., Forrest, S., Carter, M., & Metcalf, J. A programme for overseas doctors: A realist evaluation. ASME Annual Scientific Meeting July 2016, Belfast (Research paper, oral). 

Illing, J., McLachlan, J., Hesselgreaves, H. Crampton, P., Tiffin, P., Finn, G., Corbett, S., Sawdon, M. Swamy, M., & Kehoe, A. How does learning transfer to practice to improve patient safety, clinical effectiveness and the patient’s experience? ASME Annual Scientific Meeting July 2016, Belfast (oral).

Kehoe, A., Illing, J., McLachlan, J., Forrest, S., Carter, M., & Metcalf, J. Supporting the transition of overseas doctors to the UK: Findings from a realist evaluation. Postgraduate conference June 2015, Durham University (oral).

Kehoe, A. How can we support overseas doctors?Medical Education Development Day May 2016, University Hospital of North Tees (oral).

Kehoe, A., Illing, J., McLachlan, J., Forrest, S., Carter, M., & Metcalf, J. A Programme for Overseas Doctors: Realist Evaluation. Trust R&D and ELD Conference: Improving Patient Care through Research and Education April 2016, University Hospital of North Tees (poster).

Kehoe, A., Illing, J., McLachlan, J., Forrest, S., Carter, M., & Metcalf, J. A Programme for Overseas Doctors: Realist Evaluation. HENE Quality conference December 2015 (poster).

Kehoe, A., Illing, J., McLachlan, J., Forrest, S., Carter, M., & Metcalf, J.A Programme for Overseas Doctors: aiding transition into the NHS.AMEE Annual Scientific Meeting September 2015, Glasgow (poster).

Kehoe, A., Illing, J., McLachlan, J., Forrest, S., Carter, M., & Metcalf, J. Aiding the transition of overseas medical graduates to UK practice: A realist synthesis. ASME Annual Scientific Meeting 2015, Edinburgh (oral).

Kehoe, A., Illing, J., McLachlan, J., Forrest, S., Carter, M., & Metcalf, J. Aiding the transition of overseas doctors to UK practice: A realist Evaluation. HENE Future of Medical Education Conference June 2015 (oral).

Kehoe, A., Illing, J., McLachlan, J., Forrest, S., Carter, M., & Metcalf, J. Aiding the transition of overseas medical graduates to UK practice: A realist synthesis. Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing Research Colloquium June 2015 (oral).

Kehoe, A., Illing, J., McLachlan, J., Forrest, S., & Metcalf, J.Evaluation of a Programme for Overseas Doctors (POD) supporting transition to working in the NHS.The UK Foundation Programme Office conference October 2014 (poster).

Kehoe, A., Illing, J., McLachlan, J., Forrest, S., & Metcalf, J. A realist synthesis of interventions intended to support overseas medical graduates in their transition to work in another country. ASME Annual Scientific Meeting 2014, 16th – 18th July, Brighton (poster).

Podcast

Supporting international medical graduates’ transition to their host country: Realist synthesis. Amelia Kehoe interviewed by Kevin Eva for Medical Education, 12 October 2016 (chosen author for the journals Podcast).

Grants

Wolfson Small Grant 2014 - Postgraduate Dissemination.

School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health PGR training support 2016Postgraduate Dissemination.

Other involvements

Involvement in working groups - Intercultural communication for medical trainees and bullying within the NHS.

Involvement in writing groups - Qualitative Health Research Writing Group Network.

Graduate member of the British Psychological Society.

Postgraduate fellow of the Wolfson Institute, Durham University.

Whilst doing my PhD I was also involved in some of the work that was conducted by the Centre for Medical Education Research, Durham University. I was able to offer my knowledge and expertise in applying the realist method. I have also been involved in research projects outside of Durham University, such as a review of bullying measurements and metrics (NHS Employers).

Publications