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Mr John Perry MA, MA, MA, MSc, FHEA

Principal Teaching Fellow in Healthcare Communication, Lead for Communication Skills Theme and for Student Selected Units in Peer Teaching and Counselling Skills

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Mr John Perry is Principal Teaching Fellow in Healthcare Communication within Medicine at the University of Southampton.


Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Social Administration (with Sociology and Psychology), University of Nottingham
Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Leicester
Master of Arts in Public and Social Administration, Brunel University
Certificate in Counselling Skills in the Development of Learning, Guildford
Certificate in Teacher and Trainer: Group-Work Skills, Guildford
Certificate in Counselling Skills, Theory & Self-Awareness, Redhill
Certificate in Personal Construct Psychology, Centre for Stress Management
Practitioner Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), London
Certificate in Advanced Counselling Skills for Managers, CEPEC
Master of Science in Psychology and Health, Middlesex University
Advanced Diploma in Coaching, The Coaching Academy
Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Givens Psychotherapy (Distinction), Mindfields College
Master of Arts in Academic Practice, Bournemouth University
Master of Arts in Human Givens Psychotherapy at Nottingham Trent University
Certificate in Transactional Analysis, The Berne Institute
Diploma in Therapeutic Coaching, Fusion Coaching
Diploma in Supervision, Centre for Supervision & Team Development (CTSD) Bath
Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Anglo-European College of Therapeutic Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, National Council for Hypnotherapy
Professional Certification in Reality Therapy and Choice Theory, William Glasser International
Professional Certification in Wingwave Coaching (EMDR), Forth Horizons
BSCAH Advanced Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Birmingham City University
Certificate in Uncommon Hypnotherapy (Ericksonian Hypnotherapy), Uncommon Knowledge
Professional Certification in Time to Think Coaching, Coaching for Leaders
Certificate in Emotion Focused Therapy, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology (ISEFT)
Certified Mindfulness-Based Mind Management (MBMM) Master Trainer, Fusion Coaching
Diploma in Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Viktor Frankl Institute

Appointments held

Teacher of Sociology, Godalming College. 1986-1988.

Lecturer in Applied Social Sciences, Guildford College. 1988-1991.

Director of the Junior Command Course, The Police Staff College. 1991-1993.

Lecturer/Practitioner in Counselling, South Birmingham Health Authority. 1993.

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Worcester College of Higher Education, 1993-1995.

Senior Lecturer in Counselling, Tile Hill College, Coventry, 1995.

Counsellor in General Practice, Ashtree Medical Centre, Birmingham, 1995-1996.

Co-ordinator of Counselling Courses, Solihull College, 1995-1996.

Senior Lecturer in Inter-Personal Skills, Bournemouth University, 1996-2004.

Managing Director, Counselling for Effective Learning (CfEL), 2004-2006.

Principal Teaching Fellow, University of Southampton, 2006 – present.

Research interests

John’s research interests include the teaching of communication and counselling skills, the practice of human givens psychotherapy and holistic approaches to stress management. Publications are listed below:


Lend Me Your Watch and I’ll Tell you the Time: The Thorny Issue of Leadership in Training Healthcare Professionals in Counselling and Communication Skills, 2009 (with Richard Smale) in International Journal of Clinical Skills, Vol.3, No.1.

Introducing Stress Management into the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum, 2008 (with Nick Purkis) in Journal of Holistic Health Care, Vol.5, No.3.

Teaching Intimate Examinations: Combining Communication and Clinical Skills, 2008, (with Nick Purkis and Carrie Hamilton) in International Journal of Clinical Skills, Vol.1, No.2.

Stress Management in the Workplace, Feb. 2006, in Better Business Focus, Vol.14, No.2.

The Need for Privacy: An Over-Looked Human Given? 2004, in Human Givens Vol.11, No.3.

I’ll Never Forget What’s-Her-Name, 2004, (with Richard Smale and Jennie Carlton) in Person Centred Practice, Volume 12, No.1.

Narrative as Therapy, 2003, (with Richard Smale), in Person Centred Practice, Vol.11, No.1.

Close But Not Too Close, 2002, (with Richard Smale) in Person-Centred Practice, Vol.10, No1.

Improving Community Health Through Inter-Disciplinary Professional Education, 1998, (with Clive Andrewes and Peter Wilcock) Bournemouth University Press. ISBN 1-85899 068-8.


Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Co-ordination and teaching of Communication Skills theme in Bachelor of Medicine Curriculum; and of Student Selected Units in Peer Teaching (Year 2) and Counselling Skills (Year 3).

Membership of BM Finals Working Party and Professionalism Advisory Group.

Staff Development, particularly in relation to Reflective Practice.

One-to-one support for Medical Students re. Communication skills.

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John delivers lectures and small group teaching in years 1, 2 and 3 of the Bachelor of Medicine programme.

John is particularly interested in working with Simulated Patients and in facilitating students’ learning in relation to dealing with difficult situations.

Mr John Perry
Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Building 85, Life Sciences Building, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO171BJ

Room Number: SGH/Level B/MP801

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