The team

Senior trainers have had extensive roles in communication skills research & training. 

The teams’ professional backgrounds range from psychology and psychotherapy to nursing and social work.  It has a 30 year history of teaching and a research background into optimal methods of training for all levels of HCPs.  The team has a wealth of experience in working with patients, in clinical, psychological and research roles.

The team also have support from consultants.  Senior trainers are supported by an administration team. 

Dr. Claire Green, Senior Trainer

PhD; MSc (Psychology); BSc (Hons); Adv Dip Counselling; Post Grad’ Certificate in Supervision in Counselling and the Helping Professions and Certificate in Workplace Mediation (OCR).

Claire is a Senior Trainer in communication skills and delivers the full range of courses. She originally trained under the direction of Professor Peter Maguire and has been with the unit since its inception.

Claire has research experience in: the efficacy of different styles of workshops; interpretation of risk information; conversational analysis; development of assessment tools and evaluation of training models to break bad news.

Nicola Schofield, Senior Trainer

MPhil (advanced communication); BSc (Hons) Psychology; Post Graduate’ Certificate in Supervision in Counselling and the Helping Professions and Certificate in Workplace Mediation (OCR).

Nicola is a Senior Trainer in communication skills and delivers the full range of courses. She originally trained under the direction of Professor Peter Maguire and has been with the unit since its inception.

Nicola has research experience in; development of assessment tools for brief cognitive behaviour therapy interventions; conversational analysis; psychosis and substance use.

Alison Franklin, Senior Trainer

MEd; BA (Hons); Dip Counselling; Certificate in Workplace Mediation (OCR)

Alison is a Senior Trainer in communication skills and delivers the full range of courses. Originally qualified in counselling and psychotherapy and has worked in counselling and palliative care settings since the early 1990s.

Alison specialises in curriculum design; developing formative & summative assessment tools to assess competence, application and practice.

Elaine Bramhall, Trainer

BA(Hons) Midwifery, Advanced Diploma in Professional Counselling, Certificate in Mediation (OCR)

Elaine is a Senior Trainer in communication skills and delivers the full range of courses. She has a combined experience of more than 20 years in private practice, consultancy and clinical experience in the NHS and has been providing communication skills training for more than ten years. Originally trained by the Maguire team in 2006 she has been involved in communication skills training at all levels since.

Elaine combines her role as a trainer with her counselling practice.

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