Mr Jonathan David Terrell Ward BA (Hons)

Mr Jonathan David Terrell Ward

Institute of Clinical Sciences
Lecturer in Clinical Communication

Contact details

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

Jonathan Ward is a Lecturer in Clinical Communication based at the Interactive Studies Unit (ISU), University of Birmingham. 

He is lead for Clinical Communication on the MBChB Phase 2 programme and also for the MPharm programme which began in 2013. He is involved in the teaching of Clinical Communication at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and has presented at national and international conferences.

He is a member of the College of Medical and Dental Science’s IPE Steering Group Committee and a Birmingham representative on the UK Council of Clinical Communication in Undergraduate Medical Education.

Jonathan is a facilitator on the referred doctors’ programme, a support service run by the ISU for Health Education West Midland.

He has a special interest in role play / simulated patient methodologies, inter-professional education, educational evaluation and professionalism / professional identity learning.


Senior Teaching Fellow in Clinical Communication:

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


Jonathan is an alumnus of the University of Birmingham having graduated in Drama and Theatre Arts in 1991. Following postgraduate training at Mountview Theatre School he spent 8 years as a professional actor on the stage and in TV.

In 2001, after the birth of his first child, Jonathan changed career and took a full time role as the UK Fieldwork Manager with a market research company in London. He progressed to become Head of Research and Company Secretary before starting his own company in 2006 providing research services to qualitative and quantitative research companies in the UK. He worked on a wide range of projects for companies including the Royal College of Nursing, Diabetes UK, University College Falmouth and the University of Surrey.

Running his own company allowed Jonathan the opportunity to engage in role play and forum theatre for corporate training organisations facilitating skills training including conflict management, information gathering, negotiation skills and performance management.

As a simulated patient in medical education he has extensive experience in the use of interactive methodologies for teaching having been involved in both teaching and assessment for over 20 years with teams at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and St. George’s Hospital in London, Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge as well as the Interactive Studies Unit team at the University of Birmingham. He has also taken part in workshops for cancer networks across the East and West Midlands and the GP VTS and Dental Foundation recruitment schemes.

In his first year as a member of the ISU teaching staff in 2012-2013 Jonathan was lead for the Year 2 Integrated Problems clinical communication teaching, the Drama and Medicine Student Selected Component and the simulated patient team training and quality assurance for the West Midlands GP VTS recruitment assessment centres.

As well as teaching on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, he facilitates on the HEWM referred doctors’ programme and is a supervisor for student elective projects. He is also Clinical Communication lead for the MBChB Phase 2 programme and for the new MPharm course where he has responsibility for devising, implementing and evaluating the clinical communication element of the programme.



Current research interests:

  • Simulation (and simulated patients) in Medical Education
  • Educational evaluation
  • Professionalism and professional identity

Other activities

Reviewer – Education Research International


Conference papers:

Ward, J.D.T. and Wiskin, C.M., (2013) “Good communication is something you’re born with or not” – student attitudes towards a clinical communication curriculum. AMEE, Prague, Czech Republic

Ward, J.D.T., Hirsch, C.A., Cox, A.R. and Wiskin, C.M., (2013) Professional identity and communication – a new curriculum for pharmacy. ASME Professionalism and Professional Identity conference, Birmingham, UK

Ward, J.D.T., Hirsch, C.A., Cox, A.R. and Wiskin, C.M., (2014) Setting the scene: development of a longitudinal simulation to integrate clinical communications and professionalism into a new pharmacy programme. Pharmacy Education conference, Manchester, UK

Ward, J.D.T., Hirsch, C.A., Cox, A.R. and Wiskin, C.M., (2014) A matter of attitude: Student responses to the development of a longitudinal simulation to integrate clinical communication and professionalism into a new MPharm programme. AMEE, Milan, Italy

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