About Us

Established over 15 years ago, ISC Medical has grown to become the UK's leading provider of medical interview courses, medical management and leadership courses, Teach the teacher courses and other personal development courses for doctors for all grades. 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.

Meet the team

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 Picard

Olivier Picard - Managing Director
Communication, Business and Management consultant.

Olivier has over 25 years' experience in communication, management and business, including the past 15 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 16 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.

Narbeh Melikian

Narbeh Melikian
Consultant Cardiologist

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 15 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 Gnanalingham

Muhuntha ("Mo") Gnanalingham
Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care

Mo’s clinical background is in Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU), having had extensive training in General Paediatrics, Neonates, Anaesthetics and PICU (both nationally and internationally). He maintains his interest in clinical and laboratory research having completed his PhD in Developmental Physiology at the University of Nottingham in 2005. He has received numerous awards, honours and grants throughout his training.

Mo is an accredited Mentor (awarded the prestigious Mentor Exemplar 2013), Mentor Champion, Executive Coach (having completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Executive Coaching with Distinction), Career Champion and Mediator, and has close links with NHS North West Academies of Leadership, Mentoring and Coaching. Mo has used these complementary skills to enhance his extensive teaching experience to undergraduate and postgraduate trainees, as well as allied health care professionals, through the use of multimodal teaching modalities, including simulation. He has received national and international recognition and accreditation for his interest in medical teaching and education, and has also been awarded the title of Honorary Senior Lecturer (Manchester Medical School).

As a facilitator, 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 delegates to make ‘their best even better’.

Ishtiaq Ahmed

Ishtiaq (Ish) Ahmed
Consultant Cardiac Surgeon

Ish was appointed consultant in cardiac surgery in 2011. He has trained in Leeds and Cambridge and spent the majority of his specialist training in the Northern Deanery. He undertook a PhD at the Victor Chang Cardiac Institute in Sydney. In 2012 he was awarded a scholarship from the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, which enabled him to pursue his subspecialty interest in mitral valve surgery at centres of excellence in Britain and in France.

Ish 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 candidates who then went on to experience the same success. Ish receives consistently good feedback, with delegates regularly commenting on his approachability and his ability to provide supportive and constructive feedback.

Ram Matsa

Ram Matsa
Consultant in Acute Medicine & Intensive Care

Ram Matsa is dually accredited in Acute Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine and is working as a Consultant Intensivist in University Hospitals North Staffordshire. He underwent post graduate training in medicine at Wessex and Intensive care at Oxford Deanery. He was an outstanding trainee and has made significant contribution towards postgraduate education. He completed an academic degree from Cardiff University and is now the Chief Investigator for NGAL Research, a study looking at acute kidney injury biomarker in critically ill patients.

He has vast experience and knowledge in teaching and training diverse needs from medical students to post graduate students. He was nominated for “Significant contributor towards post graduate teaching award”. He has a special interest in Human factors and simulation guided teaching. He currently serves as a course director for two popular courses in the region: Royal College approved tracheostomy workshop and acute care ultrasound course.

Ram has a natural adaptability to the student needs and simplifies complex issues and delivers them in a way of easy understanding. When it comes to coaching for interviews, his positive enthusiastic and formulated approach towards responding to questions is well commended. He provides constructive feedback that develops confidence amongst the delegates, notably, some of his feedback include “supportive, encouraging and insightful trainer”.

Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes
Former Health Authority Chair

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 has extensive experience in facilitating workshops for doctors, covering a wide range of skills and current issues, including leadership, appraisal and revalidation and educational and clinical supervision. He is also well versed in working 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 was 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 Lekkos

Petros Lekkos
Consultant Psychiatrist

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 van Dellen

David van Dellen
Consultant Transplant Surgeon

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.

Doug Pendsé

Doug Pendsé
Consultant Radiologist

Doug is currently working as a Consultant radiologist at University College London Hospitals, specialising in urological imaging and intervention.

Having completed surgical training in Oxford Deanery, Doug moved to UCL to embark upon a career in research. After dotoral-level research in image-guided ablation he was awarded the first NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in radiology in 2007. Combining clinical training in radiology with translational MRI research, Doug was awarded FRCR and subsequently appointed as a post-doctoral NIHR Clinical Lecturer at UCL in 2012.

With a long track record of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, Doug understands the importance of non-clinical teaching and coaching - something oftern neglected in medical training. He is committed to the belief that senior doctors can make a real difference to the careers of medical students and junior doctors through mentorship and personal development programmes. Doug has been a personal tutor at UCL medical school for several years and enjoys the challenge of mentoring undergraduates through the trials and tribulations of their burgeoning medical careers.

An engaging and enthusiastic trainer, Doug's frank no-nonsense approach helps focus the minds of those preparing for consultant interviews. As a successful graduate of the ISC consultant interview course, he knows what you need to do to prepare for success.

Doug Pendsé

Pooja Gulati
Consultant Rheumatologist

Pooja is a Rheumatology Consultant and works at Northwest London Healthcare NHS Trust (Central Middlesex and Northwick Park Hospitals). She completed her postgraduate training in Rheumatology and General Internal Medicine within the London Deanery. She was an outstanding trainee and made a significant contribution to both medical education and service development. She is passionate about teaching and medical education and is an honorary clinical lecturer at Imperial College London. She holds a postgraduate certificate in clinical education from the Institute of Education and is working towards an MA at UCL. She has received a local teaching hero award from Imperial College London and was highly commended for a teaching excellence award at a national conference (ASME).

Pooja attended the ISC consultant interview course herself and is able to draw upon her own experiences. She is enthusiastic, supportive and able to provide constructive feedback tailored to each individual candidate.

Dr Jo Clare
GP

Jo is a GP working in South Staffordshire. She graduated from St George's Hospital Medical School with two distinctions and a merit in addition to gaining a First class intercalated BSc in Physiology. Jo completed the Diploma in Genito-urinary medicine and has worked in GU medicine as well as her main career in general practice. Jo does minor surgery procedures at her practice where she is also the lead for Palliative care. Jo is one of our most experienced trainers and has been running our medical school and GPST courses since 2008. Previous delegates on Jo's courses have commented on her highly approachable, encouraging, enthusiastic and supportive teaching style and her ability to draw from previous experiences to teach by example.

Dr Natasha Pinnock
GP

Natasha is a salaried portfolio GP in Cambridge, who graduated from the University of Manchester Medical School. She has developed a passion for teaching, including training competencies that are essential for general practice, from basic life support to communication skills. Natasha started teaching our courses in 2009 and has been widely commended for her very enthusiastic and approachable style in both the GPST and Medical School Entry courses. 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.

Dr Nishali Patel
GP

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.

Dr Vidya Thavamokankanthi
GP

Vidya is a GP working in St Albans, Hertfordshire. She graduated from The Royal Free and University College London Medical School. Vidya completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes with distinction, and is the diabetic lead in her Practice. She is also the Diabetes Locality Lead for Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. In addition to her interest in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Vidya is an enthusiast for Medical Education and has run courses with ISC since 2010. She has been described as an inspirational, genuine and highly supportive trainer, who adapts her teaching style to suit all groups. She provides constructive feedback tailored to the individual, integrating honest and practical suggestions for improvement. This has been consistently reflected in the candidate feedback she has received.

David Whittaker
Registrar in Emergency Medicine

David is an Emergency Medicine Registrar at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, who graduated from Peninsula Medical School. He has always been passionate about teaching and is heavily involved in teaching junior doctors and Imperial College Medical students, for whom he is also an examiner. He is an instructor on advanced trauma life support courses and is also engaged in providing medical care for champions league football, motor racing events and scientific and research expeditions around the world. David's feedback is consistently positive; he is supportive and approachable trainer, with a proven track record in motivating candidates and boosting their confidence in their own abilities.

Suresh Krishnan
GP

Suresh is a GP working in London and Essex. He completed his undergraduate Medical degree at Cambridge University before completing his clinical training at Imperial College London. He also has experience in academic medical fields, possessing an MA in Medical Sciences from Cambridge University and having published in a Rheumatology Peer Review Journal and the BMJ Careers. Suresh has had a longstanding passion for teaching and believes in helping to bring the very best out of candidates by offering guidance and constructive feedback. He has been widely praised in feedback by delegates for his approachable nature, knowledge base, engaging teaching style and ability to instil confidence.

The legal bits

ISC Medical is a trade name for Interview Skills Consulting Ltd.

Address: 97 Judd Street, London WC1H 9JG
Tel: 0845 226 9487

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