School of Medical Education

Staff Profile

Professor Brian Lunn

Strategic Teaching Fellow


Roles and Responsibilities

Professional Standards Review Committee
Examinations Sub Committee

Board of Medical Studies
Sub Deans Group
Senior Officers Group
Phase 1 Coordinating Committee
Phase 2 Coordinating Committee
Medical Schools Council Assessment Alliance
GMC Clinical and Professional Skills Assessment Sub Group


Examiner RCPsych
External examiner Dundee University MB BS


MB ChB; FRCPsych

Previous Positions

Course Director Stage 3 and 5 Mental Health Rotations
Chair RCPsych OSCE Panel
Chair RCPsych CASC Panel
Associate Dean for Examinations RCPsych
Member Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Assessment Group
Clinical Director for Medical Education (Undergraduate) Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Subject Advisor Higher Education Academy

External examiner:
Hong Kong University MB BS
Sri Lankan MD Psychiatry
Hong Kong FPsych
Birmingham University BMedSc in Psychiatry
Leeds University MBBS 
Cardiff University MSc in Psychiatry



Research Interests

The Neurobiology of Cognition
Research work to date has involved using neuro-endocrine probes to examine their effects on subjects cognition.

The Neuropsychiatric Consequences of Diving
Current research into the neuropsychiatric consequencies is rudimentary with a few notable exceptions. This, at least in part, can be attributed to an unwillingness to fund and/or support appropriate research by governmental agencies and the diving industry. Another reason is the dearth of researchers with an appropriate background in the neurosciences working in the field. My diving related pages are intended to highlight some of the good research that has been done and will make available some of my own preliminary data. Currently I am building up a database on a cohort of divers with neuropsychiatric problems as a result of decompression injury (DCI). Preliminary data points toward there being patterns of cognitive impairement and psychiatric symptomatology consistent with a dysexecutive syndrome.

Assessment pedagogy
The use and utility of assessment in clinical and pre-clinical medicine. This includes undergraduate and postgraduate courses and assessments. 


College Tutor 1998-2002, South Tyneside
Educational Supervisor in Northern Deanery, School of Psychiatry
Clinical Director for Medical Education (Undergraduate) NTW NHS Foundation Trust until May 2017
Development of teaching resources for psychiatry within the School of Medical Sciences Education Development (see:
Member of several HEA groups working on Open Educational Resources
Contributor to and Member of JISC Reusable Learning Objects Project

Undergraduate Teaching

I maintain the Psychiatry `Teaching Resource` website , primarily aimed at Medical Students`needs but it has been used extensively by other groups within the university and outside including police, psychologists, nurses and dentists as well as others. I am Sub Dean for Assessment for the MBBS programme

Postgraduate Teaching

I was involved in the development of the previous RCPsych OSCEs which I then ran for its duration. I then chaired the group designing and implementing the new MRCPsych CASC before, after its implementation, passed on its running as I took up the role of Associate Dean for Examinations, Royal College of Psychiatrists. My term in office ended in June 2012