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My first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine Virginia Allum

January 2021 | Culture

Virginia Allum, EALTHY’s clinical nursing advisor and Head of Medical English for Specialist Language Courses, is a busy woman. As well as writing courses, training teachers and providing expertise and support for EALTHY and SLC, she is an item writer for the Occupational English test (OET). Remarkably, she also works part time as a Registered […]

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Pandemic fatigue Virginia Allum

September 2020 | Culture

As we move further into the Coronavirus pandemic, I started wondering how the world’s populations felt at a similar stage of the 1918 Influenza pandemic. An article titled ‘”Destroyer and Teacher”: Managing the Masses During the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic’ (1) highlighted some interested social behaviours.   I recommend reading the entire article especially the epilogue which may have you shaking your […]

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How do you think they feel? The value of simulated patient in training healthcare professionals Katharine Heathcock

July 2019 | Communication

Katherine Heathcock of Birmingham University Medical School talks about the importance of using simulated patients to train medical students, a tool that gives students a unique insight into their own communication, character and consultation style. In October 2002, my partner at the time had been riding a bicycle through the streets of Singapore, scouting the […]

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This won’t hurt a bit: assessing English for Nursing Dan Douglas

July 2019 | Assessment

In this paper, Professor Dan Douglas suggests that there is no reason why language tests, and particularly English for specific purposes tests, have to be painful, irrelevant, or mysterious.

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Musings on Medical Migration & Business Cultural Training Dr Stephen Nickless

December 2018 | Communication

Stephen Nickless considers the value of business cultural training within the context of patient communications in London. London’s ‘multi-everything’ diversity can be overwhelming. Some incoming health professionals will have trained in ‘monocultural’ regional centres and rural areas where almost everyone looked the same, dressed the same, spoke the same language and worshipped the same god. […]

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