Miss Katharine Heathcock

Miss Katharine Heathcock

Birmingham Medical School
College Lead for Student Experience

Contact details

Interactive Studies Team
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Katharine lectures in clinical communication across healthcare programmes in the College, with a main focus on medicine. She has worked with the Interactive Studies Unit (ISU) for over 25 years. As well as teaching and assessing clinical communication, she coaches pre-registration and postgraduate healthcare professionals in communication and related matters.


  • BA in Community Theatre Arts


Katharine spent 25 years as a freelance in corporate training and running her own business. She has extensive experience in communication and behavioural training, development, coaching and assessment in multiple sectors, including delivering leadership programmes internationally. Throughout this time, she maintained associate status with the Interactive Studies Unit at the University of Birmingham, until she joined as a permanent member of the team in August 2016. She has run the Biomedical Science Birmingham International Summer School for since 2017 for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences and is currently the College lead for Student Experience.


  • Clinical communication on MBChB, BDS, MPharm and BNurs
  • MBChB modules: Professional and Academic Skills; DPS, HES and DEM
  • MDS Birmingham International Summer School

Other activities

  • MDS Lead for Student Experience
  • Co-module lead for MDS Birmingham International Summer School (BISS)
  • Interprofessional education steering group member


Skelton JR, Croft P, Wiskin CM and Messenger K (now Heathcock K). Improving the communication skills of poorly performing doctors.  In Field S, Strachan B, Evans G (eds). The general practice jigsaw. Abingdon: Radcliffe Medical Press. 2001:265-272.

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