Caroline Woodley

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Caroline Woodley

Associate Professor in Medical Education

Caroline Woodley DepartmentMolecular and Cell Biology, Leicester Medical School
Telephone: 0116 2523080
Address: Room 2.68, Leicester Medical School, George Davies Centre for Medicine, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH
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  • 2012: Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2011: Masters degree in Medical Education, University of Dundee
  • 2007: Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education, University of Dundee
  • 2006: PhD in Medicine, University of Sheffield
  • 2001: Diploma of membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • 1998: Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (Honours), University of Sheffield
  • 1995: Bachelor of Medical Science in Medicine (1st class honours), University of Sheffield

Employment History

  • 2015 - present: Senior lecturer then Associate Professor in Medical Education, University of Leicester
  • 2012-2015: Lecturer in Medical Education, University of Sheffield
  • 2009-2012: Practice-based clinical teacher, University of Sheffield
  • 2005-2009: Specialist Registrar in Plastic Surgery, Trent Deanery
  • 2003-2005: Royal College of Surgeons Clinical Research Fellow, University of Sheffield
  • 2002-2003: Clinical Fellow / Locum registrar in plastic surgery (LAS)
  • 1999-2002: Senior House Officer, North Bristol NHS Trust
  • 1998-1999: Pre-registration House Officer, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Management Responsibilities

  • 2020 - present: Head of Assessment, Leicester Medical School
  • 2015 - present: Musculoskeletal Unit teaching lead, Leicester Medical School
  • 2015-2020: Phase 1 Assessment Lead, Leicester Medical School
  • 2010-2015: Phase 2 Director of Studies, Sheffield Medical School

External Positions of Responsibility

  • 2013 - present: Member of the Reference Group of the Medical Schools Council Assessment Alliance (MSCAA)
  • 2017 - present: Member of the UK Council for Educators of Medical Professionalism
  • 2013-2019: Member of the Final Clinical Review Group (FCRG) of the MSCAA
  • 2015-2019: External Examiner for Lancaster Medical School

Awards, Distinctions and Prizes

  • 2011: Outstanding contribution award for teaching, University of Sheffield
  • 2004: Royal College of Surgeons Research Fellowship
  • 1998: Prize medal for final MBChB examination, University of Sheffield (Medicine, Surgery, General Practice and Public Health Medicine)
  • 1998: Distinctions in General Practice and Public Health Medicine, University of Sheffield
  • 1996: Pleasance Prize and Distinction in Paediatrics, University of Sheffield
  • 1996: Distinctions in Pathology, Microbiology and Pharmacology, University of Sheffield
  • 1995: J A Knowles Scholarship (Vice Chancellors Award for completed BMedSci research), University of Sheffield
  • 1994: Knowledon Prize for Epidemiology, University of Sheffield


I am Head of Assessment and Musculoskeletal Unit lead at Leicester Medical School. Nationally, I am a member of the Reference Group of the Medical Schools Council Assessment Alliance and a member of the UK Council for Teachers of Professionalism.


Book chapters:

Marshall M, Woodley C. Assessment and Management of the Surgical Patient: Chapter 4.1 History taking and information gathering. Oxford textbook of the Fundamentals of Surgery (2016).

Woodley C, Reed MWR. Assessment and Management of the Surgical Patient: Chapter 4.2 The physical examination. Oxford textbook of the Fundamentals of Surgery (2016)

Woodley C, Reed MWR. Assessment and Management of the Surgical Patient: Chapter 4.3 Physical examination of body systems. Oxford textbook of the Fundamentals of Surgery (2016)


Harrison CA, MacNeil S. The mechanism of skin graft contraction: an update on current research and potential future therapies. Burns 2008; 34(2):153-163.

Research publications:

Chan M, Bax N, Woodley C, Jennings M, Nicolson R and Chan P. The First OSCE: does students' experience of performing in public affect their results? BMC Med. Educ. 2015; 15:59.

Thornton DJA, Harrison CA, Heaton MJ, Bullock AJ, MacNeil S. Inhibition of keratinocyte-driven contraction of tissue-engineered skin in vitro by calcium chelation and early restraint but not submerged culture. J. Burn Care Res. 2008; 29(2):369-377.

Hernon CA, Harrison CA, Thornton DJA, MacNeil S. Enhancement of keratinocyte performance in production of tissue-engineered skin by use of low-calcium medium. Wound Rep. Reg. 2007; 15(5):718-726.

Harrison CA, Layton CM, Hau Z, Bullock AJ, Johnson TS, MacNeil S. Transglutaminase inhibitors induce hyperproliferation and parakeratosis in tissue-engineered skin. Br.J.Dermatol. 2007; 156(2):247-257

Harrison CA, Bastan R, Peirce MJ, Munday MR, Peachell PT. Role of Calcineurin in the regulation of human lung mast cell and basophil function by cyclosporine and FK506. Br.J.Pharmacol. 2007; 150(4):509-518

Harrison CA, Gossiel F, Layton CM, Bullock AJ, Johnson T, Blumsohn A, MacNeil S. Use of an in vitro model of tissue-engineered skin to investigate the mechanism of skin graft contraction. Tissue Eng. 2006; 12(11):3119-3133.

Harrison CA, Gossiel F, Bullock AJ, Sun T, Blumsohn A, MacNeil S. Investigation of keratinocyte- regulation of collagen I synthesis by dermal fibroblasts in a simple in vitro model. Brit. J. Dermatol. 2006; 154(1):401-410.

Harrison CA, Heaton MJ, Layton CM, MacNeil S. Use of an in vitro model of tissue-engineered human skin to study keratinocyte attachment and migration in the process of re-epithelialisation. Wound Rep. Reg. 2006; 14(2):204-210

Harrison CA, Dalley AJ, MacNeil S. A simple in vitro model for investigating epithelial/mesenchymal interactions: Keratinocyte inhibition of fibroblast proliferation and fibronectin synthesis. Wound Rep. Reg. 2005; 13(6):543-550.

Harrison CA, Srinivasan JR, Stone JL, Page RE. Spindle Cell Haemangioendothelioma in an arteriovenous fistula of the ring finger after blunt trauma: A case report. BJPS 2003; 56:822-824.

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