Our Academy

Our Founder

The Dudley Group was first recognised as a Teaching Trust in March 2001, when our first clinical sub dean, the late Mr Ronald Patrick Grimley, was appointed to the post. Ron Grimley was appointed vascular and general surgeon to the Dudley Health Authority in 1983. He had more than 40 publications to his name, and he became an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1987. His enthusiasm for teaching helped The Dudley Group achieve teaching hospital status in partnership with the University of Birmingham, and he was the first clinical sub dean.

Ron worked tirelessly to gain our teaching status. He was an enthusiastic educationalist and inspiring mentor, with a special dedication for teaching undergraduate medical students. The Ron Grimley Undergraduate Centre for medical studies was officially opened by Professor William Doe, Dean of The University of Birmingham medical school, in March 2006.

Mr Ron Grimley

Our Teaching Centre

Our teaching centre is designed as a dedicated space for delivering undergraduate medical education. We offer three seminar rooms with audio-visual technology and examination couches.

In addition, one seminar room has an interactive whiteboard touch screen, and two of the seminar rooms can be opened up to create a larger teaching space. Students are provided with access to WiFi internet within the centre and throughout the rest of the hospital. We also loan out iPads for students who require them.

Student Common Room;

The student common room has a television, microwave, water dispenser, fridge and kettle.

Simulation Centre

Our highly equipped simulation centre features a two bedded ward area, video debriefing room and a wide range of medical training equipment.

IT Room;

We have an IT room with 11 computers and a wall mounted TV screen.

Reception & Offices

Open from 8.00 – 17.00 each day.

Locker room and accommodation is open 24/7 via swipe card access.

Central Team Members

Mr Atiq-ur Rehman

Head of Clinical Teaching Academy

Mr Philip Brammer

Deputy Head of Clinical Teaching Academy

Mr Ravinder Sandhu

Deputy Head of Clinical Teaching Academy

Kate Holmes

Teaching Academy & Medical Education Manager

Jeanne Harris

Deputy Teaching Academy Manager & 3rd Year Co-ordinator

Jessica Dudley

4th Year
Co-ordinator

Debra Whittall

5th Year
Co-ordinator

Our Academy Staff

The teaching academy directory is offered as an easy reference guide to the specific staff members, consultants and academy teachers/tutors at the Dudley Group.

Our News Stories

A new digital learning app to enhance the understanding of clinical skills in an innovative way has been launched. Tomorrow’s Clinicians, developed by the RGUC Media Team under the iClinical® platform,

Our Media Team

The Ron Grimley Undergraduate Centre has an award winning, in-house team of dedicated and hard working media professionals, responsible for developing content to enhance the learning experiences of our medical students and foundation year doctors.

The team has a broad skill set, knowledge and experience of a variety of different software packages and programming languages which includes those listed below. Highly motivated, they enjoy creating a range of educational media productions in the knowledge that what they produce will go a long way in helping to inform and educate healthcare professionals of the future.

  • Graphic of Ed at the meeting table Ed Shovelton
  • Graphic of Caroline at the meeting table Caroline McGee
  • Neil Parmar
  • Graphic of Laura at the meeting table Laura James
  • Patrick Beard

Education Video & Media Manager

Ed has more than 15 years experience in producing media content for medical education across both public and private sector organisations. He is primarily involved in overseeing the development and production of video and animation content for undergraduate and postgraduate learning resources, using a range of professional full HD and 4k camera systems to capture visually engaging and informative content. Ed also spends his time undertaking stills photography, developing lectures, writing scripts, managing our social media channels and proof reading text for print and online content.


Ed’s workload is split across the following software packages

Adobe Premiere PRO 45%
Adobe After Effects 25%
Adobe Photoshop 10%
Adobe Lightroom 10%
Adobe InDesign 5%
Keynote 3%
OSIRIX 2%

Senior Graphic & Frontend Web Designer

Caroline has over 20 years experience as a creative professional, with a keen eye for branding, design and layout. She can often be seen trying to solve complicated interface requirements with engaging, intriguing and creative solutions. Caroline believes that good design doesn’t have to be complicated; the difference between something good and something great is determined by attention to detail. She is proficient in a range of design and web tools to develop and create online learning content for a wide range of visually appealing learning programmes, whilst also creating user-friendly websites. Caroline also helps to make the digital media team a more beautiful place, by producing lots of offline marketing material. Otherwise she can be found tinkering with code.

Caroline’s workload is split across the following software packages

Adobe Photoshop 25%
Adobe Dreamweaver 15%
WordPress/PHP Scripting 15%
Adobe InDesign 10%
Adobe Animate 10%
Moodle 10%
SmartBuilder 7%
Keynote 4%
Adobe Illustrator 2%
Adobe Acrobat 2%

Education Video & Media Assistant

Resident film buff, Neil, has a broad understanding of media production. His previous experience teaching media studies to college students means he is well-versed in a range of media software applications. He is proficient in non-linear editing programmes and is a dab hand with Adobe Creative Cloud, with experience in using Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition. Outside of work, Neil has used his media skills in filming and editing to create documentaries, music videos and short films. Neil is also a keen photographer and has an in-depth understanding of Photoshop and LightRoom.

Neil’s workload is split across the following software packages

Adobe Premiere PRO 65%
Adobe After Effects 10%
Adobe Photoshop 5%
Adobe Lightroom 10%
Adobe Audition 5%
Keynote 5%

Learning and Technology Support/Graphics & Illustration​

Laura provides graphic design and media production support across various projects developed for undergraduate medical education. Collaborating with the media team, she creates logos, illustrations, e-learning resources, posters and newsletters. To produce these designs Laura works extensively with Adobe Creative Cloud applications; Animate, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. In addition to this, Laura also offers technical support for the RGUC learning management systems hosted on Moodle. She creates and manages users and courses, updates content and undertakes general troubleshooting. Laura can also sometimes be found assisting with video and photography shoots.

Adobe Animate 20%
Adobe InDesign 15%
Adobe Photoshop 10%
Moodle 20%
Adobe Illustrator 10%
Keynote 10%
Adobe Acrobat 5%

IT Developer

Patrick supports the media team with application development and maintaining the group’s current servers and systems. His background working at a university focused on supporting students, staff, and faculty in diverse disciplines. This included developing full stack web solutions and supporting the use of advanced visualization equipment. He is passionate about education and is always exploring how technology can contribute to the learning process.

Patrick’s workload is split across the following software packages

REACT JS 20%
HTML 10%
JavaScript 60%
CSS 10%

Our Location

Russells Hall Hospital

The hospital is easily located, situated about two miles southwest of Dudley town centre and about two-and-a-half miles east of Kingswinford.

Transport Directions

By Car

There is one main road entrance to the hospital site via the island where the A4101 Pensnett Road splits to become the A4101 Kingswinford Road.

Find out more about car parking.

By Rail

The nearest railway stations to Russells Hall Hospital are at Cradley Heath, Dudley Port and Stourbridge.

By Bus

The terminus is located outside the main entrance and there are also stops nearby in Pensnett Road and Kingswinford Road.

Buses to Dudley, Kingswinford and Stourbridge run frequently throughout the day.

For more information, log on to www.netwmtravelmap.com, click on Points of Interest and select the hospital you require from the list. When you click on the red star icon, the website will show surrounding bus stops, details of bus numbers and links to timetables. Alternatively, call Traveline on 0871 2002233.