Dr Aarti Bansal

Clinical Teacher
Diversity/Clinical Communication Skills Lead


Aarti BansalAddress:
Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care
Samuel Fox House
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road
S5 7AU

Tel: 0114 222 2210
Fax: 0114 222 2199
Email: a.bansal@sheffield.ac.uk

Recent Academic Background

Senior Lecturer in General Practice, Launceston Clinical School, University of Tasmania. (November 2014 - April 2015)

Personal Statement

I am enthusiastic educator passionate about developing person-centred doctors. When I was appointed as an Academic Training Fellow in 2009, my main focus was on embedding the principles of Diversity Education within the medical curriculum, including instilling values of curiosity, empathy, respect and self-awareness as core attributes of professional medical practice. I did this through developing a ‘Diversity Education’ seminar in the 4th year and a ‘Consulting through Interpreters’ session in the final year. This teaching led to being of 28 women at the University of Sheffield nominated for the Portrait of a Woman prize, which aims to highlight the contributions of women considered to be inspirational. The development and evaluation of this teaching was the action research project for my Masters in Education. My recent curriculum developments involve looking at skills needed to working with patients with long-term conditions. Central to this is an exploration of the role of the doctor, what informs it, how it has changed and how doctor’s can best help facilitate health. During my time as Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania and I was involved in developing their patient partnership programme for 4th and 5th year students in a way that encouraged students to engage with the patient perspective and develop shared decision making skills. I am currently looking at ways we can maximise quality in undergraduate general practice placements as well as enthuse and engage students with the intellectual challenge of clinical decision making in primary care.

Teaching/Research Interests

  • Respectful Curiosity as an approach to connecting with patients and managing diversity in clinical practice.
  • Maximising quality and challenge in General practice placement
  • Values underpinning person-centred approach such as democratic dialogue, partnership, patient empowerment, shared decision making
  • Learning at the primary and secondary care interface during longitudinal placements to enhance understanding of the patient journey
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Advance care planning
  • Transformative learning and person-centred care as a 'threshold concept'

Curriculum development and innovation

  • Consulting through Interpreters, Phase 3b. Highlighted by GMC as example of good practice.
  • Diversity Seminar, Phase 3a, PPD.
  • Narrative history taking intervention in palliative medicine placement, Phase 3b.
  • Integrated Learning Activities: Organised revision of all cases for the small group case-based discussions through a consensus approach with the GP tutors, Phase 3b.
  • The ‘Patient Story’ lecture. Phase 3b.

Staff development and training

  • Instituted quarterly phase 3b small group tutor meetings for training and QA.
  • Training small group GP tutors to facilitate consultation session through interpreters.
  • Trained small group tutors on how to develop shared decision making skills for year 5 students in Tasmania.
  • Developed workshop on medical student professional behavior for GP tutors.

Research Experience

  • My Masters in Higher Education involved collecting and analyzing data through focus groups, questionnaires and interviews and used an action research methodology.
  • I supervise student research projects as part of their 6-week research attachments.
  • Peer reviewer for the medical education journals 'The Clinical Teacher' and 'Innovait'.

Professional Activities

  • DIMAH (Diversity in Medicine and Healthcare): I am an Editorial Board member of this National Special Interest Group currently developing a national curriculum.
  • UK CReME group (UK Clinical Reasoning in Medical Education Group) - Looking at approaches to help foster clinical reasoning and assess clinical decision making.
  • Education Steering Group, Sheffield CCG: We advise on the strategic direction and quality provision of clinical education to primary care healthcare workers in Sheffield.
  • Sheffield Medical Humanities group: Promotes collaboration at the interface between medicine and science on the one hand and arts and social sciences on the other hand.


  • Nominated for Portrait of a woman Prize 2014 – I was one of 28 women at the University of Sheffield nominated for this prize, which aims to highlight the contributions of women considered to be inspirational. http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/hr/equality/femaleprogression/portraits
  • Nominated for University Senate Teaching Award 2013 – For work on the “The Patient Story” lecture in phase 3b.


  • 2016 ‘Self-awareness and Respectful Curiosity: An approach to working with Diversity.’ HEE. GP Autumn School. Health Education England, Leeds.
  • 2016 ‘Understanding general practice’ - Helping trainees with medical and cultural integration. Joint Primary Care Educations Seminar. HEE, Wentbridge.
  • 2016 'How do we encourage and maximise quality in General Practice placements?' Regional Society of Academic Primary Care, Leicester.
  • 2015 ‘Why patient-centred care matters.’ Introduction to Year patient partner programme, Launceston, Tasmania.
  • 2013 Developing teaching on Consulting through Interpreters. National Conference on Communication in Undergraduate Medicine, Manchester
  • 2012 Consulting through Interpreters. National SAPC, Glasgow

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Bjerre A, Henson DB, Kwartz AJ, Mahmood S, Grigg JR & Spencer AF (2004) Confirmatory results in suspect glaucoma patients with normal visual field and abnormal retinal nerve fiber layer findings. PERIMETRY UPDATE 2002/2003 (pp 277-286) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bjerre A, Henson DB, Grigg JR & Parry NRA (2003) Test-retest variability of multifocal visual evoked potential and SITA standard perimetry. INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, Vol. 44 (pp U1-U1) RIS download Bibtex download

Software / Code

  • Randall D, Griffiths H, Bjerre A & Arblaster GE (2016) Nystagmus Oscillopsia Simulator. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Arblaster G, Bjerre A & Griffiths HJ (2017) Nystagmus Information Pack. RIS download Bibtex download


  • Arblaster G, Griffiths HJ & Bjerre A (2016) Patients as Educators - Enhancing Student Skills and the Curriculum. International Orthoptic Congress. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Arblaster G, Bjerre A, Griffiths HJ, Fox S, Burchell VJ & Kerekes F (2015) How can the patient experience for individuals with nystagmus be improved? - a patient and family perspective. British and Irish Orthoptic Society Annual Conference. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Arblaster G, Griffiths HJ, Bjerre A, Coughlan A, Darly L, Gibbings N, Mather F, McCourtney R, OBriain F & Robertson D (2015) Living with Nystagmus-The Patient's Perspective. British and Irish Orthoptic Society Annual Conference. RIS download Bibtex download