Dr Sabena Yasmin Jameel BMBS, BMedSci, DFSRH, MMedEd, FRCGP, PhD

Dr Sabena Yasmin Jameel

Birmingham Medical School
Associate Clinical Professor in Medical Professionalism
Birmingham Medical School Quality Assurance Lead
Senior Clinical Tutor for the Personal Academic Tutor

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Sabena Jameel is a Clinical Academic. She has three main portfolio roles working for the various Medical School programmes. These roles involve teaching, leadership and management, with a golden thread of professionalism running through them all. Dr Jameel is also clinical active, working in the General Practice setting.


Senior Clinical Lecturer in Medical Professionalism: 

  • PhD -  Practical Wisdom (Phronesis) in Medicine, University of Birmingham, 2021
  • M.Med.Ed - University of Warwick, 2009
  • DFSRH -  Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare, 2001
  • BMBS  - University of Nottingham, 1996
  • B.Med.Sci  - University of Nottingham, 1993


“Character in the Professions” online module.

Dr Jameel grew up in Glossop, Derbyshire. Her father was a single-handed GP and she observed the rewarding relationships and intellectual challenge the work entailed. Her late father remains her greatest inspiration. General Practice and the healthcare environments are quite different now. Whilst appreciating the scientific advances in Medicine, Dr Jameel is committed to looking at humanistic innovation in medical education and in practice, all with moral flourishing unpinning the goal.

She completed her undergraduate medical degree at Nottingham University, intercalating with an Immunology project looking at an immunological relationship between Influenza infection and Schizophrenia.

Junior house officer training was completed in Nottingham and Derby, before coming to Birmingham for GP Speciality vocational training. It was at the post CCT stage that Dr Jameel realised her passion for Medical Education. She completed her M.Med Ed at Warwick University. Her dissertation focused on Knowledge Management in Primary care, looking particularly at tacit knowledge exchange (Mindlines).

Her Master’s degree also stimulated an ongoing academic interest in non-face to face consultation communication skills. Dr Jameel has continued to teach telephone consultation skills to GP trainees and established practitioners in the Out-of-hours setting.

In 2006 Dr Jameel became the sole training programme director (TPD) for the North Birmingham GP training scheme. In 2011 Dr Jameel became an Associate Dean for Health Education England working across the West Midlands. Initially with a remit to look after the quality of Foundation training in General Practice placements. Her portfolio increased to being the Associate Dean for GP training in Birmingham and Solihull (2013 -2020). Dr Jameel continues to support HEE being part of a team rolling out a regional Wellbeing programme to support all speciality trainees.

Dr Jameel has worked as an inner-city GP in Birmingham since qualification. She also does GP out of hours sessions and extended hours clinics. She has other voluntary portfolio roles. Dr Jameel is now very immersed in learning and teaching on the subject of Phronesis in Medicine, which aligns very well with her new role at the Medical School leading on Medical Professionalism.

Dr. Jameel has recently participated in a podcast episode of Conversations on Character where she sets out her vision for the Med Ed as guided by her PhD research:


Professionalism and Practical Wisdom related teaching to the following programmes: 

  • MBChB all years
  • Education for Healthcare Professionals (Postgraduate. Medical School)
  • MA in Character Education (The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. School of Education)

Postgraduate supervision

  • Willing to supervise students who are interested in Medical Professionalism, Practical Wisdom (Phronesis) and Professional Virtues. 
  • GP Trainer in Practice


Research interests

  • Professionalism, Professional Development, Phronesis in Medicine, Virtue Ethics in Medicine, Compassion, End of Life Care. Telephone consultations.

Current projects

  • Dissemination of PhD on enacted Phronesis outputs. 

Other activities

  • Independent advisor to West Midlands Police - Professional Standards Group and Ethics committee
  • Clinical Senate Member NHS England
  • Independent advisor to West Midlands Police - Professional Standards Group
  • NHS GP Appraiser

Conference Presentations


Association of American Medical Schools Convention (AAMC) Phoenix, Arizona. Private audience of 22 Medical School Deans part of the Kern National Transformation Network “Enacted Practical Wisdom in Medicine”. 


UNESCO Chair in Bioethics 13th World Conference. Jerusalem. Oral presentation “Identification of Wisdom exemplars in Family Medicine”.

University of Warwick. “Professional Virtues in Modern Medicine” conference – keynote speaker

University of Cambridge. “Perspectives on end-of-life care” Conference – keynote speaker

Windsor Great Park: Health Education England. Advance Training Programme Director course – keynote speaker.


HEE Thames Valley Primary Care Educator Faculty Day - keynote speaker“Practical Wisdom (Phronesis): Is there a role in Primary Care Medical Education?”

University of Oxford. “Enacted Phronesis in General Practice/Family Medicine” at the Character, Wisdom and Virtue conference.

BIMA Webinar Guest speaker “Motherhood and Medicine”


Developing Excellence in Medical Education Conference (DEMEC). Organised jointly by COPMeD, HEE, NACT UK, NES, COGPED, AOME, ASME and GMC. Oral presentation. “A Wisdom approach to Medical Education”. 25-26/11/15. Session chaired by the GMC.

WONCA Istanbul 2015. Workshop “Wisdom and Wellbeing - A priority for tomorrow's doctor”. 22-25/10/15.

Clinical Leadership Development Programme (West Midlands CCGs and HEWM).Leading practical workshop for 200 future leaders on “Leading with care”. 20/7/15.

Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Primary Care Ethics conference. Poster submission. “Embarking on a study on the understanding and enactment of Phronesis (practical wisdom) by General Practitioners”. 19/6/15.


 Jameel.S, Peterson, A and Arthur, J. (2022) Ethics and the Good Doctor. Character in the Professional Domain. Routledge Focus. Oxon. 

Jameel, S (2021) "Wise Doctors: What can they teach us about flourishing?". The Journal of Holistic Healthcare, 18(1) pp 49-52

Jameel,S.Y. (2015) Special extended book review of - “A Flourishing Practice?” by Peter Toon.

Journal of Psychological. Therapies in Primary Care. Vol 4. May 2015 p68-72.

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