School of Medical Education

Staff Profile

Sonia Bussey

Lecturer in Medical Education


I have worked at Newcastle University since February 2012.  I am a Podiatrist by profession, and worked as an NHS Band 6 Podiatrist at Cherwell Vale PCT in Oxfordshire, and then Gateshead Health PCT.  In 2005, I left the NHS to take up the post of Lecturer / Podiatry Placement Co-ordinator at the Durham School of Podiatric Medicine within New College Durham.

I started working at Newcastle University in 2012 as Clinical Coordinator for the MBBS programme.  This role was primarily focussed on developing improved relationships and coherence between practice teachers for the MBBS program and Newcastle University.  I worked with the Sub-Deans, Base Units and Practice Teachers to develop new strategies for engaging and retaining clinical teachers and implementing those strategies to encourage the development of a "regional faculty" of educators.  I was also involved in the planning and delivery of staff development sessions for clinical teachers associated with the MBBS programme.

My current role is Lecturer in Medical Education, and I contribute to the teaching of the postgraduate Certificate of Medical Education as a member of the core academic team. 

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) Podiatry (First Class) awarded by the University of Sunderland in 2003, and went on to gain a PGCET postgraduate teaching qualification in 2007 and a MSc Advanced Practice in 2010 from the same institution.  I am currently working towards a Doctorate in Education with the Open University.