Established in February 2004, ISC Medical are experts in medical interview courses for all grades, management and leadership courses for doctors, Teach the teacher courses for doctors and other personal development courses. Our emphasis in on providing a service which is both personal and of high quality so that you, our clients, have the best chances of succeeding at your interview and in your career aims. Unlike many of our competitors we insist on providing all our courses in small groups so that you can fully benefit from our personal and individual approach; we value integrity above everything and we make sure that we provide value for money.
To ensure that you get the best value from our services, we recruit only the best trainers. All our trainers are carefully handpicked through a long selection process, are thoroughly tested in their coaching techniques and their handling of candidates at courses, and their feedback is continually monitored so that they can constantly fine-tune their approach in order to maximise the quality of their coaching. All trainers are experts in their field and attract excellent feedback.
Olivier has over 23 years' experience in communication, management and business specialist, including the past 10 years with an exclusive focus on medicine. As well as being involved in management training for senior managers, Olivier runs interviewing courses for interviewers both within and outside of the NHS. He also sits on consultant interview panels as a lay member. Through his involvement in coaching thousands of doctors for medical interviews personally over the years, his intensive network within NHS management and, being married to an NHS consultant for the past 14 years, Olivier has developed an extensive knowledge of past and current NHS issues, which is particularly appreciated by candidates who attend his consultant interview courses.
Olivier is a frequent and popular speaker at external events such as recruitment fairs, NHS trust meetings and training sessions, as well as medical schools and has written several books on medical interviews which have become reference books. Using a wide range of techniques, he has demonstrated an innovative and personal way of teaching which is designed to optimise the learning experience and boost the self-confidence of course participants. As a result he has guaranteed the success of the vast majority of the candidates he has trained, whatever their initial level of confidence and skills. He is renowned for his enthusiastic and dynamic style of teaching, with a strong ability to encourage personal participation. His friendly, though direct and no-nonsense approach is much appreciated by candidates.
Having worked as a Consultant Paediatrician at the Royal Free hospital and been a Fellow of the NHS institute for Innovation and Improvement, Sebastian now works as a Consultant Paediatrician at Walsall Manor Hospital, where is named Consultant for safeguarding Children. Sebastian has a special interest in management and medical education. In 2004 he was seconded to support the reconfiguration of the University of Bristol Medical School and in 2009 was part of a group designing a completely new paediatric assessment to be taken at ST7.
Sebastian is the Secretary of the Education group in the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and is a member of the RCPCH Examination Board. He has also taught the RCPCH "Child in Mind" programme and Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator workshops. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Sebastian has been actively involved in teaching on ISC Medical's consultant and CT/ST interview courses since 2008. As a trainer, he is particularly appreciated for the frank but supportive feedback that he provides, his thorough understanding of NHS issues and his ability to explain these in an easily-digestable manner. He has been described as an "excellent orator with impressive attitude".
Narbeh is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at King's College Hospital London. He trained in medicine and cardiology in London and has also worked as a cardiologist in South Africa and Belgium.
Narbeh has over 10 years experience in communication and medical education and is a highly popular lecturer both in the UK and abroad, lecturing on all aspects of medicine including specialist courses including preparation for the MRCP examination.
As a trainer, Narbeh has an adaptable and dynamic style of tutoring which he tailors to meet the individual needs and requirements of all his delegates, regardless of grade or specialty. He also places great emphasis on providing constructive and confidence building feedback to bring out the best in all participants.
Mo has been a Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU) at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital since 2009. He has had extensive training in General Paediatrics, Neonates, Anaesthetics and PICU. He maintains a keen interest in clinical and laboratory research having completed his PhD in Developmental Physiology at the University of Nottingham in 2005. He has received several awards, honours and grants throughout his training.
Mo’s ‘newest passion’ is the implementation of coaching and mentorship within the workplace, to make any individual better in whichever arena they seek this change the most. Mo has used his new skills to complement his extensive teaching experience at all levels from being an Academic Advisor to undergraduate medical students to being a coach, mentor and leader for the NHS North West Mentoring Scheme and North West Leadership Academy. He has completed a European Mentoring and Coaching Council - approved coaching program, Certificate in Counselling Concepts and Diplomas in Neuro-linguistic programming. He is currently embarking on the Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Executive Coaching, and Postgraduate Certificate in Workplace Based Postgraduate Medical Education.
As a trainer, Mo has an enthusiastic and dynamic style of tutoring which is tailored to meet the individual needs of his delegates, regardless of grade or specialty. He also places great emphasis on providing accurate and constructive feedback, with the aim of empowering the delegates to be better than what they were before.
Ishtiaq Ahmed was appointed Consultant in Cardiac Surgery in 2011. He has trained in Leeds and Cambridge but spent majority of his specialist training in the Northern Deanery. He undertook his PhD at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney. More recently he has been awarded a scholarship from the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons which enabled him to pursue his subspeciality interest in mitral valve surgery at centres of excellence in Belgium and France.
He has taken his medical skills to the track and has been a doctor at the world indoor track cycling championships where he initially developed an interest into the parallels between sporting success and performance in medicine.
He has been teaching with ISC since January 2012 and has proved to be able to impart his winning formula onto many successful candidates, consistently receiving positive feedback. Delegates have regularly commented on his approachability and his ability to provide supportive and constructive feedback.
Daniel is a Consultant Clinical Virologist at the Royal Free Hospital, London. He trained in Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Virology in Oxford where he also undertook a PhD in Vaccine Science and held Oxford University fellowships and lectureships between 2001 and 2007. He subsequently moved to Brighton and Sussex Medical School as a Clinical Lecturer where he further developed a clinical and research interest in the management of HIV and viral hepatitis.
Daniel has extensive Medical Education experience and is a popular teacher at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. He also has considerable experience as an interviewer and has attended interview training courses.
As a trainer, Daniel has an enthusiastic, encouraging and supportive style. Delegates appreciate his ability to foster a supportive atmosphere, his approachability and ability to provide feedback in a direct manner whilst remaining supportive and positive.
Chris is a very experienced interviewer, facilitator, coach and trainer with a public sector background and Board experience in the public and business sectors. He has worked with doctors since 1996 and brings well informed non-clinical experience of the NHS to his interview skills coaching. He was the Corporate Affairs Director of a government department and then a non-executive Director and subsequently Chair of a Health Authority. During that time he led the establishment of PCTs in the county and worked closely with the new Boards and the Boards of acute and mental health NHS Trusts. He facilitates workshops for doctors, covering a wide range of skills and current issues, including leadership, appraisal and revalidation and educational and clinical supervision. He works 1:1 with doctors, NHS senior managers, Senior Civil Servants and others, assisting them to come to terms with changing circumstances and coaching them on career development and interview skills. Chris is an Accredited Independent Appointments Assessor for Defra and was a Civil Service Selection Board Chair, helping to recruit graduates for the “fast-stream”. He is also a Senior Associate of PHAST (Public Health Action Support Team).
Participants have consistently commented on Chris’ friendly and engaging style of coaching and on his breadth of experience. A particular strength is his ability to give penetrating and constructive feedback in a supportive and non-threatening way.
Petros is a Consultant Adult Psychiatrist working for Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (Acute Assessment Ward and Early Intervention Service). He graduated in Greece and completed all his postgraduate training at the prestigious Royal Free/UCL training scheme for psychiatry over 7 years. He holds a MSc in Psychiatric Research from UCL and is an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner with a PG Diploma.
He has over 7 years experience in medical education and has lectured at UCL, King's, Imperial and abroad at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has won the “Top Teacher for Neurosciences” award at UCL for the past two years. He has a keen interest in medical management and first-hand experience of change management as a leader of quality/efficiency improvement projects (on out-of-hours medical cover and IT).
Petros has been with ISC since 2012 and has been consistently described as an approachable, enthusiastic and knowledgeable trainer, who facilitates the group very well. He provides honest and constructive feedback and tailors the course to the delegates' needs giving clear rationale for the way to answer questions and land the job!
David is a consultant renal and pancreas transplant surgeon at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. He is also one of the consultants providing the national Encapsulating Peritoneal Sclerosis (EPS) service from Manchester. He trained in Medicine in South Africa and did his specialist training in General and Transplantation Surgery between Manchester and Birmingham where he undertook an MD in Epithelial Biology. He has active research interests in risk stratification for solid organ transplantation as well as the pathogenesis of EPS.
David has broad experience in Medical Education and has lectured and taught extensively at both under- and post-graduate level. He has extensive interview experience and is currently enrolled for a Postgraduate Certificate in Surgical Education.
A successful graduate of the ISC consultant interview course, David has an enthusiastic approach to teaching. He provides engaging and constructive but focused feedback ultimately ensuring assurance and improved confidence for the candidates.
Jo is a fully qualified GP who graduated from St George's Medical School and has been working in general practice since 2005 in Surrey. She is now a salaried GP in South Staffordshire. She also has a special interest in Genitourinary Medicine spending time as a clinical assistant at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Jo is one of our most experienced trainers and has been running our medical school and GPST courses since early 2008 in Birmingham. Previous delegates on Jo's courses have commented on her highly approachable, encouraging, enthusiastic and supportive teaching style and her ability to draw from personal experiences to teach by example.
Chris Pocock is a partner in a large GP practice in Bristol and medical director at Leyhill prison. He was previously an orthopaedic registrar and runs community fracture clinics and the local vasectomy service in Bath. In addition he is a member of the local NHS commissioning consortium for South Gloucestershire. Chris is one of our most experienced trainers and has been running our medical school and GPST courses since 2008. He has a passion for education and taught in the department of anatomy at Guys and is involved in teaching the current Bristol GP trainees. He helped set up the Severn deanery GPST committee, and has sat on the Severn GP Education committee. Chris' delegates have found him to be enthusiastic, helpful and approachable, with constructive feedback. His professional and motivational teaching style creates a fantastic atmosphere for teaching.
Katie graduated from Manchester Medical school and is a GP in Sheffield. She has a long-standing interest in teaching and communication skills and has been teaching our GPST courses in Birmingham for three years. She has developed particular interests in Family Planning and Diabetes. Previous delegates on Katie's courses have commented on her friendly and professional approach coupled with her recent knowledge of the GPST selection process. Katie's teaching style is highly effective and the feedback she provides to our course delegates is both constructive and supportive, providing a relaxed and unintimidating environment in which to develop their skills.
Natasha is a GP who graduated from the University of Manchester Medical School. She is currently working in Cambridgeshire and has developed a passion for teaching, including training competencies that are essential for general practice, from basic life support to communication skills. Natasha is an active BMA committee representative for her local GP training scheme which helps keep her constantly up-to-date with developments within the medical profession. Natasha started teaching our GPST courses in early 2009 and has been widely commended for her very enthusiastic and approachable style. She combines this with her ability to provide constructive criticism and flair in helping candidates fulfil their true potential. Natasha is deeply committed to teaching and her enjoyment of it is only matched by observing her candidates' confidence and skills improve throughout the course of the day.
Nishali is a GP who graduated from Royal Free & University College Medical School and is currently working at Ealing Hospital. She has always had an enthusiasm for teaching since she was a medical student and thoroughly enjoys peer teaching, medical school teaching and is now also an instructor on ALS courses. Nishali sits on the medical school interview panel at Royal Free & University College London and so is well versed in the med school interview process. Nishali is an extremely popular trainer and has been praised by previous delegates for her positive approach and boundless enthusiasm. Her approach and dedication to her teaching inspires an enormous amount of confidence in the groups she teaches.
Khyati is a GP who graduated from Royal Free & University College Medical School and is currently working in a practice in London . She has been involved in teaching medical student and peers throughout her career, particularly thriving in small group sessions. Her enthusiasm and willingness to go the extra mile has been much appreciated by her students. When teaching on our GPST courses, Khyati has been described as focussed, engaging and constructive with particular attention to detail. Khyati provides an unintimidating environment in which to develop the skills essential for success in exams.
Vidya is a GP who graduated from University College Medical School. She is currently working in a London practice and is actively pursuing her special interest in medical education through involvement in the delivery of our medical student and GPST courses. Vidya is also involved on numerous medical school interview panels which ensures she is highly focused and up-to-date in this field. With an Advanced Certificate in the Language Arts, her acting skills are used to harness the candidates' experiences highly effectively during the GPST role play exercises. When teaching our medical school and GPST courses, Vidya has been described as inspirational, genuine and highly supportive with an adaptable teaching style to suit all groups. Vidya provides constructive feedback, integrating honest and practical suggestions for improvement.
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