Dr John Edward Gilbert MB ChB MRCGP Dip Occ Med PGCE(HE)

Dr John Edward Gilbert

Institute of Clinical Sciences
Senior Lecturer Physician Associate Programme

Contact details

Primary Care Clinical Sciences
Institute of Clinical Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

John Gilbert retired from thirty one years in general practice. Formerly a GP trainer and medical tutor. Over the last three years he has worked as senior lecturer in the UK National Physicians Assistant (now Associate) programme at Wolverhampton University. In January 2014 he joined colleagues at Birmingham with whom he has worked to be part of a newly formed team at Birmingham to develop the Physician Associate programme. This will provide a new tier of health care professional in the NHS workforce who will work directly for doctors in various specialities including general practice.


  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education ( Higher Education), Wolverhampton University 2012
  • Diploma of Occupational Medicine,1995
  • MRCGP Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners 1989
  • MB ChB - Graduated in medicine at Birmingham University in 1974.


John has longstanding experience in general practice where h worked as a general practitioner in West Bromwich, Sandwell to improve health outcomes at grass roots level. Primary Care targeted major issues of morbidity including improving diabetic care, addressing the high incidence of ischaemic heart disease and promoting cancer detection. John worked in an area of ethnic diversity where health policies were proactive in addressing the health needs of ethnic minorities and asylum seekers.

The area along with much of the Black Country has over the years undergone considerable regeneration. John worked to improve the facilities for patients and medical teams delivering primary care and with others secured a major building development to provide first class primary care services in the centre of West Bromwich.

John developed medical education in the practice by setting up teaching for medical students, being a GP trainer and supporting nursing staff in obtaining nursing degrees, training for advanced nurse practitioner status and nurse prescribing.

John worked over the years with colleagues on the Local Medical Committee, Primary Care Trust Board, Public Health, Locality Commissioning, Clinical Care Pathways and was Clinical Governance lead for Wednesbury and West Bromwich.

John’s experience was used at Wolverhampton University to give teaching from a GP perspective to physician assistant students, nurses, school nurses and health visitors.


  • Physician Associate Studies on CANVAS
  • General medical teaching for Physician Associate Studies Programme. Level of teaching is compatible with medical student teaching
  • Curriculum coverage includes the theoretical basis of medicine ( anatomy, physiology, relevant biochemistry, pathophysiology, history taking, clinical examination, clinical skills and basic approaches to investigation and treatment of common problems as defined in the National Physician Associate Curriculum).
  • Teaching emphasises an holistic approach and empathic approach to the patient

Postgraduate supervision

Current Physician Associate students all have a first degrees in biological sciences therefore are expected to work at Masters level standard.

Other activities

Medical tutor for PRIME ( Partnerships in Medical Education). This is a medical education charity and its tutors offer their services free of charge in developing situations to assist in both post-graduate and undergraduate medical education. I have done work in Romania, Armenia, Ethiopia and currently South Sudan.

Board member for a small charity Medic Assist International with responsibility for minor projects in South Sudan and Uganda