Dr Martin Armer is Director of Communication Skills and was appointed in January 2012. He graduated in 1996, and during his training has worked in numerous fields within medicine including Accident and Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, General Surgery and Elderly Care. He has worked on communication issues with ‘Doctors in difficulty’, and GP Registrars (as they used to be called). He is a GP in Cumbria and has been involved in communication teaching at Lancaster since 2009.
He is passionate about improving communication between medical students and doctors and their patients. His interests cover all aspects of this, especially linking communication into clinical teaching in the later years of undergraduate medical education. His aim is to foster a culture across all clinical specialities where effective communication is embedded as a fundamental part of a clinician’s skills.