Mr Jonathan Ward BA (Hons), MSc

Mr Jonathan Ward

Birmingham Medical School
Lecturer in Clinical Communication
Deputy Director of the Interactive Studies Unit

Contact details

Interactive Studies Unit
Institute of Clinical Sciences
90 Vincent Drive
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jonathan Ward is Deputy Director of the Interactive Studies Unit (ISU), a Lecturer in Clinical Communication, Lead (with transition handover) for the communication and professionalism strand for Years 1-4 on the Pharmacy programme and was Lead for Medicine Clinical Core 2 communication from 2013 to 2023. He has substantive experience and expertise in the field of clinical communication, developing and applying human simulation (role play) methodology in addition to more traditional lecture and small group teaching approaches. He started working in Medical Education in the mid-1990’s (at hospitals in London, Cambridge and Birmingham).

Jonathan teaches cross-programme (7 programmes within the Interactive Studies Unit remit), has been a coach for high stakes remediation referrals with at risk students since the inception of the service and has supervised MBChB and MPharm elective projects.

At Birmingham Medical School Jonathan is a member of the Interprofessional Education Steering group and the Equalities Committee and at the School of Pharmacy he is a member of the EDI Committee.


  • MSc by Research, University of Birmingham, 2023
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Acting and Musical Theatre, Mountview Theatre School, 1993
  • BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Arts, University of Birmingham, 1991


Other activities

Jonathan is a longstanding University of Birmingham voting member of the UK Council for Clinical Communication (UKCCC) – 2015 to current. This is a representative body of the communication teaching leads from medical schools in the UK, which enables good teaching practice to be shared and encourages research and development of effective teaching in clinical communication.

He has also been a member of Diversity in Medicine and Health (DIMAH) – 2015 to current – a national collaborative organisation of academics working in healthcare courses across the UK created in 2011 to further the development of diversity teaching.


Recent publications


McEwen-Smith, L, Price, MJ, Fleming, G, Swanwick, T, Hirsch, C, Yahyouche, A, Ward, J, Buckley, S & Paudyal, V 2020, 'How do pharmacy students select their pre-registration training providers? A mixed methods evaluation of the national recruitment scheme in England and Wales', International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 370-379.

Jalal, Z, Akhtar, S, Finlay, K, King , K, Goel, N & Ward, J 2019, 'Perceptions of UK community pharmacists on current consultation skills and motivational interviewing as a consultation approach: a qualitative study', Pharmacy, vol. 7, no. 2, 52.

Jalal, Z, Cox, A & Ward, J 2018, 'Communications skills in the pharmacy profession: A cross sectional survey of UK registered pharmacists and pharmacy educators', Pharmacy, vol. 6, no. 4, 132.

Commissioned report

Paudyal, V, Hirsch, C, Buckley, S, Yahyouche, A, Ward, J, Price, M, McEwen-Smith, L, Fleming , G & Swanwick, T 2018, Applicant preferencing of prospective training programmes in the National Pre-registration Pharmacist Recruitment Scheme for England and Wales. Health Education England. <>

Other chapter contribution

Jalal, Z, Cox, A, Goel, N, Vaitha, N, King, K & Ward, J 2019, Communications skills in the pharmacy profession: a cross sectional survey of registered pharmacists and pharmacy educators. in Special Issue: Abstracts of Papers Presented at the Health Services Research & Pharmacy Practice Conference, 8–9 April 2019, Birmingham, UK. S2 edn, vol. 27, International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Wiley, pp. 20-21, Health Services Research & Pharmacy Practice Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 8/04/19.

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