Professor Jim Crossley


Academic Unit of Medical Education

Professor in Medical Education
+44 114 222 6133

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Professor Jim Crossley
Academic Unit of Medical Education
The Medical School
Beech Hill Road
S10 2RX
  • 1991 Graduated with MA in Physiological Sciences, University of Oxford
  • 1994 Graduated with MBBS from London Hospital Medical College
  • 2002 Granted DM(Oxon.) for thesis ‘Assessing the Performance of Doctors’
  • 2004 Obtained CCST and appointed Consultant Paediatrician at Chesterfield Royal Hospital & Senior Research Fellow, University of Sheffield
  • 2005 Granted MEd(Sheffield) and membership Institute of Learning and Teaching (ILT)
  • 2006 Appointed Associate Director of Teaching for Chesterfield for Royal Hospital
  • 2014 Promoted to Chair in Medical Education, University of Sheffield
  • My three posts across Chesterfield and Sheffield give me the privilege of being engaged in educational delivery, educational leadership, and educational research.
Research interests

An interest in non-cognitive assessment (assessing the most important and difficult aspects of doctors’ performance) has led me into psychometrics and the study judgement-based assessment.

The discovery that cognitive alignment of the response format language yields much more reliable judgements has affected the design of workplace-based assessments in medicine across the world. I’m now interested in how the response format language can aid the credibility of feedback, and the utility of feedforward.

I’ve also published work on professional identity, participation as part of learning, and organisational learning climate.

Current Projects

  • Roadmaps: cognitively-aligned milestones in medical undergraduate assessment – can they improve reliability, feedforward and feedback?
  • A number of external projects in workplace-based assessment.
Teaching interests
  • Child Health – especially respiratory paediatrics and critical care.
  • Faculty Development – especially teaching and learning in clinical settings, assessment theory and practice, and feedback.
Teaching activities

I’m currently working with colleagues from all professional groups at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in an attempt to develop a truly learning-oriented organisation. We are working towards an educational strategy for tomorrow’s workforce that is: future-facing, participatory, mentored, inter-professional, integrated, experience-driven, and scholarly.

This will be a significant challenge in a resource-poor NHS, but we regard it as essential to the future of the organisation.

Professional activities
  • Independent consultancy work for most of the UK Royal Colleges (RCP, RCS, RCGP, RCEM, RCPCH, RCPsych), the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, the Canadian Future of Medical Education group, and the US Accreditation Council for Medical Education.
  • Manuscript reviewer for a number of Medical Education journals and, briefly, associate editor for Archives of Disease in Childhood.