Tutor training, professional development and outreach

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The Health Professions Education Unit leads and participates in a range of tutor training and faculty development, outreach, continuing professional development, public engagement and science communication events.

Events include seminars, lectures, interactive workshops and conferences.

We also assist with work for television, especially involving anatomical body painting.

We are very experienced in delivering workshops for key health profession education topics such as small and large group teaching, delivering effective feedback, designing formative and summative assessments, clinical supervision, microteaching, educational principles and theoretical frameworks, reflective and adult learning, and more. Our faculty represent a range of professions and we are familiar with the UK Professional Standards Framework informing our pedagogy.

Enquire about hosting learning events and training

We welcome enquiries from healthcare organisations who are seeking to upskill their educators. If you are interested in hosting an outreach activity to develop staff within your organisation please contact us at

New and experienced Hull York Medical School honorary clinical staff are also encouraged to get in touch to find out about upcoming training events.

Anatomical body painting

Body painting is considered by some to be the most ancient form of art, but is now most frequently seen on the face, usually at sporting events or children’s parties. However, body painting is now being used in the medical setting as a way of projecting the inside on to the outside.

The Health Professions Education Unit facilitates seminars, displays and interactive workshops on anatomy and body painting.

Select past events include:

  • Shambala Festival
  • Culture Cure: Late Night at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry
  • Science Night at The Centre for Life, Newcastle
  • Researchers Revealed at the Hancock Museum, Newcastle
  • British Science Festival
  • Northern Ireland Science Festival

Royal Institution Christmas Lecture 2018

A recent highlight was an invitation to body paint for the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture 2018: 'Who am I?', by Professor Alice Roberts.
The programme was broadcast on the BBC, resulting in painting and anatomical teaching by Professor Gabrielle Finn being beamed into millions of homes around the world.

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2018

Research outputs related to anatomical body painting

Aka JJ, Cookson NE, Hafferty F, Finn GM. Teaching by stealth: Utilising the hidden curriculum through body painting within anatomy education. European Journal of Anatomy. 2018;22(2):173-82.

Cookson NE, Aka JJ, Finn GM. An exploration of anatomists’ views toward the use of body painting in anatomical and medical education: An international study. Anatomical Sciences Education. 2018;11(2):146-54.

Finn GM. Current perspectives on the role of body painting in medical education. Advances in medical education and practice. 2018;9:701.

Finn GM, Bazira PJ, Bateman J, Sanders KA. Ultra-violet body painting: A new tool in the spectrum of anatomy education. European Journal of Anatomy. 2018;22(6):521-7.

Finn G. Using Body Painting and Other Art-Based Approaches to Teach Anatomy. In: Chan LK, Pawlina W, editors. Teaching Anatomy: A Practical Guide Germany: Springer; 2015. p. 155-64.

Finn GM, White PM, Abdelbagi I. The impact of color and role on retention of knowledge: A body‐painting study within undergraduate medicine. Anatomical sciences education. 2011;4(6):311-7.

Finn G, McLachlan J. A qualitative study of student responses to body painting. Anatomical Sciences Education. 2010;3(1):33-8.

Finn G. Twelve tips for running a successful body painting teaching session. Medical Teacher. 2010;32(11):887-90.