Wessex Professional Development Unit

The Wessex Professional Development Unit (PDU) engages with Wessex Associate Deans, other Wessex teams, and external stakeholders, to provide a wide range of courses and conferences, to support and compliment learners’ training journeys.

In particular, the Wessex PDU works closely with its sub-team, the Wessex Professional Support Unit (PSU), to provide ‘preventative’ learning and development support services for medical and dental trainees. This proactive approach allows trainees to be helped earlier, and hopefully before requiring bespoke 1:1 support services via the Wessex PSU.

Focussing on tomorrow

PDU Wessex events are high-quality, value for money, customer-focussed, and aim to better equip participants to deliver excellent healthcare and patient safety.

The Wessex PDU team brings a wealth of skills and knowledge to HEE Wessex. Alongside the ‘day job’ of delivering events, the team channels their energy into analysing, changing and improving the unit’s offering, as well as continually reviewing team processes – to ensure efficiency at all times.

Through strategic forward planning, quality assurance and budget management in all areas of its work, the Wessex PDU strives to be one step ahead, whilst reinforcing and upholding the HEE reputation and brand at all times.   

Meet the team

The Wessex PDU is run by a close-knit team, consisting of:

Professional Development Unit Manager

Jeff Avenall

Support and Development Officer

Angela Blyth

Support and Development Coordinators

Gemma Holmes
Julie Worthington
Stephanie Tucker
Tonia Sales

Bin Liu

Support and Development Administrator

This position is currently vacant (in review).

For team member names, please select each job role.


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