The London Office of LKCMedicine
The London Office of LKCMedicine

With its panorama views of the London skyline, LKCMedicine’s London Office is the perfect place for a leisurely traditional English cuppa. But this is a luxury our 16-member core team rarely get to indulge in. From first thing in the morning till the end of the day, we are a beehive of activity. We are responsible for managing and delivering Imperial’s responsibilities to the School, which include developing content for the curriculum. So we have clinicians and academics from across Imperial coming in and out on a daily basis.

A typical Monday in the London Office

8am - The week starts bright and early at 8am for Senior Vice-Dean Professor Jenny Higham, Vice-Dean for Education Associate Professor Naomi Low-Beer and Deputy Director of Education Management at Imperial Paul Ratcliffe who have their weekly joint business video conference with senior leadership at LKCMedicine in Singapore to discuss high-level issues affecting the School and ensure that all deliverables are on track.

At 09:00, Mr Ratcliffe and Associate Professor Low-Beer catch up on issues such as the progress of the curriculum development and staffing matters.

After that, we have our fortnightly Curriculum Planning Meeting. This video conference encompasses a detailed look at the curriculum and the progress made by both the London and Singapore teams.  Members of the curriculum team and relevant colleagues working on the curriculum in Singapore discuss curriculum materials that are being developed, deadlines and any issues regarding materials.

Around mid-morning, Assoc Prof Low-Beer and I meet to discuss the diary, meetings to be arranged, paperwork and any travel arrangements for upcoming visits to Singapore.

Before lunch, the core curriculum team, led by Curriculum Development Lead Dr James Stratford-Martin, meet to comprehensively review the progress of the curriculum. This meeting is particularly important as the team, which includes Assoc Prof Low-Beer, the clinical education fellows and support staff, is involved in and oversee a large volume of work. On the agenda are matters such as questions for Team-Based Learning (TBL). For example, every TBL question goes through a review process where it is checked against the preparation material and checked for educational quality by the education fellows. For Year One, 1,086 independent readiness assessment/team readiness assessment (iRA/tRA) questions have been written and 864 for Year Two . Year One questions have also been rewritten to better align them with summative examination questions.

This year so far, 1,950 questions have been written. The curriculum team also oversees what the contributors prepare. 

In the last six months, the curriculum team have used 63 external contributors and 56 Imperial contributors, bring the cumulative total of contributors to almost 300

After lunch, the whole London Office core team gathers for our weekly team meeting. We discuss the project’s Gantt chart, which is updated according to the progress of curriculum areas. We share updates on the latest matters affecting the team, policy and curriculum development. Then we have a quick update from around to the table to hear what everyone else is up to.

In the afternoon, we usually undertake the voice recording for a lecture. 181 Voice Over Power Points have been written and recorded for Year One and 144 for Year Two so far. The narrations are only recorded once the slides have been reviewed by the curriculum team and the relevant Singapore leads, and amended by the author. Once they are recorded, they are edited to improve the sound and quality. 

Later in the afternoon, we often have one-to-one meetings with our line managers to discuss upcoming work or projects before everyone ties up any loose ends for the day. There may even be time for a quick cup of tea! 

I hope that this has given you an insight into the London Office. Imperial is incredibly proud to be part of LKCMedicine and we enjoy seeing the school grow from strength to strength.