School of Medical Education

Staff Profile

Dr Wayne Medford

Research Associate


I am a Research Associate in Medical Education, joining in May 2015.  I am part of a research team led by Professor Jan Illing, which moved from Durham University in July 2015.  With the team, I am carrying out a literature review and developing case studies for a Department of Health funded project to investigate the elements of educational interventions that result in changes to practice which benefit patients.

More generally, I have worked in the public and the Voluntary and Community sectors, gaining an extensive background in health education, knowledge transfer and community engagement.  I have a Geography degree and Landscape Design masters from Newcastle, and a PhD from Durham, which looked at the therapeutic qualities to be found in the everyday landscape, and life, of Saltwell Park, a large, urban public park in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear.


Previous research

I have worked as a research assistant on a number of research projects in North-East England and northern Scotland.  Working at the University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI), based in Inverness, I was involved in collaborative co-production research projects with a number of NHS Scotland partners. The projects encompassed respectively: health-promoting changes to the physical and social environments of hospitals; promoting human dignity through a new student nursing curriculum; and a new design of emergency ambulance.


Previous teaching

At Durham, I had a role in the school of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health, working as a tutor on the Medicine in the Community course for 2 years, starting in 2012. 

I have also been a tutor at undergraduate level Geography at Durham, 2007-12, and at Newcastle in Sociology (2012) and within Architecture, Planning & Landscape 2008-12.