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Professor Sheona Macleod

Centenary Souvenir


Postgraduate Dean for East Midlands, and Chair of English Deans Professor Sheona Macleod is Postgraduate Dean in the East Midlands and Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham. Sheona graduated from Glasgow University and trained as a General Practitioner in Paisley, Scotland. She then moved to Derbyshire towards the end of her training.

Medical Officer for Her Majesty’s Prison Service. She is most inspired by Dr Margaret Greenshields, whom she describes as caring and compassionate both in and out of work. Sheona considers her a good GP, a great step-mother, a devoted carer, a supportive friend, a sensible mentor and a valued member of the community. The combination of being good at all of this, and doing it with wit, good humour and gentleness, made her inspirational. Sheona’s best career decision was developing an interest in medical education from an early stage in her career. In the East Midlands, she has been involved in healthcare education since her move to Ashbourne, when she started working for East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery as a GP Tutor in 2002. She then became Programme Director and Associate Postgraduate Dean, and then GP Dean in 2009. In April 2012, Sheona was appointed Acting Postgraduate Dean and became Postgraduate Dean in September 2012. She developed mechanisms for including the primary care providers and trainers and ensured that the essential former deanery functions continued within Health Education England (HEE). Sheona sees the need for greater integration of medical and non-medical workforce development and the opportunity to improve care, and education and training through working on a shared agenda with providers. Her key lesson for challenging times is “that everyone’s views are valuable, and when you think you know the best way forward, a different way of thinking may challenge that and help you achieve the best in the longer term,” she says. In 2013, Sheona was appointed Director of Education and Quality, and her proudest achievement is supporting the development of the regional senior medical educator faculty to have a significant strategic impact. She Chairs a number of national working groups and committees, including the HEE working group on Enhancing Junior Doctors Working Lives. In 2015 she was appointed to the role of Chair of English Deans. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham and at the University of Leicester, and Deputy Chair of the UK Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMED). As a GP in Ashbourne for the past twenty-six years, Sheona has held many other roles including working in the local community hospital, an Occupational Health Advisor and a

* Favourite Film: A Christmas Carol * Three objects Sheona cannot live without: Specs, Running shoes, Mobile phone

Sheona’s advice to junior doctors is “Make choices that maintain your resilience, so you can have a career that is great for you and patient care.”


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