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Gill Pinner

Professor of Medical Education, Vice Dean (Lincoln), Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


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    Queen's Medical Centre
    NG7 2UH
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A senior clinician and medical educator, with extensive experience in teaching, training, research and management.

Teaching Summary

Professor Pinner has undertaken a range of teaching related roles in the NHS, at the University of Nottingham, as well as roles in the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Teaching interests include clinical psychiatry, affective disorders in the elderly and dementia care, professionalism and communication skills.

She was module convenor for the MMedSci in Medical Education: "Practice in Assessment and Feedback". She is involved in assessment at all levels of the undergraduate medical course including assessment of professionalism, is the school's Fitness to Practice lead and is currently designing and implementing the new clinical curriculum for the BMBS at Nottingham and Lincoln.

Research Summary

Main area of research in medical education focuses on teaching and learning innovations, assessment methodologies, communication skills teaching and resilience in medical undergraduates.

Recent Publications


External Examiner for University of Leicester Medical School MBChB (current).


  • Regional Advisor Mid-Trent RCPsych (current)
  • Guardian for Safe Working Hours, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (current)
  • Associate Dean for Quality and Standards, RCPsych (2009-14)
  • Member of RCPsych Curriculum Committee (2011 to 2014)
  • Education Training and Standards Committee representative (2009-14)
  • Finance Officer, Trent Division, RCPsych (2006-09)
  • MRCPsych examiner (2004-2014).
  • Chair of Formative Assessment of Communication Skills (FACS) Development Group, RCPsych (2010-2014)

Clinical Management:

  • Director of Medical Education, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (2009-14)
  • Clinical Director, MHSOP, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust (2001-09)
  • Specialist advisor to the Healthcare Commission (2002-03)
  • Independent Advisor for NICHE consultancy (2012-13)

Past Research

Previously carried out clinical research in dementia disclosure and practitioner communication skills development.

Future Research

Main area of research in medical education focuses on teaching and learning innovations, assessment methodologies, communication skills teaching and resilience in medical undergraduates.

  • TAVAKOL, M and PINNER, G, 2018. Enhancing Objective Structured Clinical Examinations through visualisation of checklist scores and global rating scale International Journal of Medical Education. 9, 132-136
  • YU, AILAN, WU, SHANSHAN, ZHANG, ZONGWANG, DENING, TOM, ZHAO, SAI, PINNER, GILLIAN, XIA, JUN and YANG, DAOGUI, 2018. Cholinesterase inhibitors for the treatment of delirium in non-ICU settings. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 6, CD012494
  • TAVAKOL M, DOODY G and PINNER G, 2018. The Bayesian Borderline Regression Method: Identifying pass marks for small cohorts Medical Teacher. (In Press.)
  • BOUMAN WP, CLAES L, MARSHALL E, MARSHALL E, PINNER G T, LONGWORTH J, MADDOX V, WITCOMB G, JIMENEZ-MURCIA S, FERNANDEZ-ARANDA F and FERNANDEZ-ARANDA F, 2016. Socio-demographic variables, Clinical Features and the Role of Pre-assessment Cross-Sex Hormones in older trans people. Journal of Sexual Medicine. 13(4), 711-719
  • LAM L and PINNER G, 2016. Selecting medical students for resilience: (oral presentation). In: ASME Annual Conference, Belfast..
  • MJOJOĶ£ J, MCGOWAN T, BLUNDELL A, GANESAN B and PINNER G, 2016. Comparing whether the introduction of an interactive learning session to replace lecturing has improved students ability to engage in learning Delirium, Dementia and Depression.: (poster) In: ASME Annual Conference, Belfast.
  • AHMAD, K., BEER, C. and PINNER, G., 2015. An Evaluation of Patient Activities Available on an Elderly Psychiatric Ward. In: RCPsych International Congress, June 2015 (poster).
  • PINNER, G. and DOODY, G.A., 2015. Assessing communication skills competency for psychiatry trainees: an evaluation of the RCPsych assessment pilot. In: ASME Annual Conference, Edinburgh, July 2015 (oral presentation)..
  • WILSON S and PINNER G, 2013. Driving in Dementia: a clinician guide. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. 19(2), 89-96
  • PINNER G, HILLAM J, BRANTON T and RAMAKRISHNAN A, 2011. In-patient care for older people within mental health services.: Faculty Report, Faculty of the Psychiatry of Old Age
  • PINNER G and BOUMAN WP, 2003. What should we tell people about dementia? Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. 9, 335-341
  • PINNER G, 2000. Truth-telling and the diagnosis of dementia [editorial] British Journal of Psychiatry. 176, 514-515

Centre for Dementia

The University of Nottingham
Institute of Mental Health
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

telephone: +44 (0) 115 823 0421