Dr Ben Jackson


Academic Unit of Medical Education

Senior Clinical University Teacher

Director of Primary Care Teaching

Academic Lead for Masters in Physician Associate Studies

Lecturer, Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education

+44 114 222 2082

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Dr Ben Jackson
Academic Unit of Medical Education
Sam Fox House
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road
S5 7AU

After graduating from Medical School (London) in 1993 I took up an academic medical rotation in Manchester before choosing a career in General Practice.

After several years working abroad in New Zealand and Ireland I returned to England in 2001 to take on a vacant list of 1600 patients and found Conisbrough Group Practice, in an ex-mining community in South Yorkshire. Our project was to grow and develop a teaching, training and research practice that delivered excellent clinical care and was embedded in our community; we have been actively engaged in all these areas and now provide care for over 11,000 patients.

I started teaching Sheffield UG medical students in the practice in 2002, became a postgraduate General Practice trainer in 2004 and have supervised Nurses, Pharmacists and Paramedics in developing extending roles within primary care.

I was Programme Director for Doncaster GP training programme for 4 years before becoming Associate Postgraduate Dean and then Deputy Director of the School of Primary Care in Yorkshire and the Humber, before moving to my current role at the university.

Research interests
  • Medical Education
  • Longitudinal Integrated Clinical Placements
  • Health Inequities
  • Primary Care workforce development


  • 2015 to date. Establishment of Primary Care Workforce hub within the regional NHS integrated care system.
  • 2015-2017. Thesis: facilitating and barrier factors to the introduction of Physician Associated into the primary care workforce.
  • 2015 to date. Deep End Yorkshire and the Humber: founder member of movement to help address health inequities where possible through Workforce, Education and training, Advocacy and Research
  • 2018 Project team. NHS England Scoping Report into Advanced Clinical Practice in General Practice.

Journal articles



  • Bansal A, Jackson BE, Paterson D & Buchanan J (2016) Exploring the value of patient-centred care and diversity issues at the start of training helps IMG’s apply these concepts in clinical settings.. Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Conference. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicholls G & Jackson BE (2016) Promoting a career in general practice: the work experience programme.. Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Conference. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Jackson BE (2016) Stakeholder opinion on the incorporation of physician associates into the primary care workforce. Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Conference. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Walton E, Jackson BE, Paterson D & Ratcliffe T (2016) Yorkshire and Humber GPs at the Deep End: Primary care tackling health inequity.. Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Conference. RIS download Bibtex download

Working papers

  • Jackson BE, Fisher D & Hawthorne K (2018) An RCGP position statement on the wider clinical team in general practice. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Jackson BE Unpacking the P's : Physician Associates and the General Practice Workforce. Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Conference, Harrogate. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Jackson BE Barriers and Facilitators to the incorporation of Physician Associates to the General Practice Workforce. Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) annual scientific conference, 2016, Belfast. RIS download Bibtex download
  • 2015, NHS innovation/UoS £6000
  • Stakeholder contribution to the UoS development of a Postgraduate Certificate in Physician Associate curriculum
  • 2016, Educational project grant, two projects - £110,000
  • Development of General Practitioner input into hospital Longitudinal Integrated Placements
  • Development of undergraduate clinical placements in practices in deprived areas
Teaching interests

Our mission at the medical school has been to work with students to present General Practice as the engaging and demanding discipline, and to help them to develop the holistic approach that underpins our practice in the community.

We seek to expand the contribution and influence of this generalist approach where we can within the curriculum, and explore where we can through robust evaluation of our interventions.

More recently we have extended this work beyond undergraduate medical students through the establishment of a master’s programme for Physician Associates based on these principles.

Teaching activities

PG Cert Medical Education Module 2 Teaching and Learning in a Clinical Setting: this module seeks to link the educational theories learned in the certificate with learning within a clinical setting, with a particular focus on a mentoring apprenticeship approach.

Joint academic lead for the UoS Masters in Physician Associate Studies.

Professional activities and memberships

Clinical Roles

  • GP Principal, Conisbrough Group Practice (from 2002)
  • GP Clinical and Educational Supervisor, Conisbrough Group Practice (from 2004)

Other Professional Roles

  • RCGP Ambassador to South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw ICS
  • Chair, South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Primary Care Workforce Group, HEYH
  • Professional Coach, Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber