Course Presenters

Simon Curtis NB Medical Education

Simon Curtis - MBBS MRCP FRCGP

Simon is the Medical Director of NB Medical Education, a partner at a training practice in central Oxford and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Oxford University. He qualified from Middlesex/UCH in 1988 and started his career in hospital medicine. After drifting through various medical specialties he ‘saw the light’ and moved into General Practice in 1995. He has worked as a partner, salaried and locum GP in the UK, Australia and Italy. He also has experience as a VTS Course Organiser. He co-founded the Hot Topics course in 1998 and has established the course internationally. He has a genuine passion and enthusiasm for General Practice which is reflected in his teaching style.
Neal Tucker NB Medical Education

Neal Tucker - BM MRCGP

Neal is the E-learning lead for NB Medical Education and a lecturer on the Hot Topics course. Having previously been a partner in an Oxford practice, he now works on a sessional basis around Oxford to facilitate his educational work. He has an interest in social media and believes the world is a better place connected. When not working you can find him either on his bike, reading scifi or buried in nappies.
Gail Allsopp NB Medical Education


Gail joined NB Medical in 2013. She is a GP in the East Midlands and also teaches at the University of Nottingham. She had a circuitous route into General Practice, via interventional radiology and professional acting! She has linked her medical and acting careers working as a communication skills consultant, teaching all levels of medical personnel and non-medics alike for a number of years. Passionate about General Practice she has a specialist interest in Women and Children’s health. She is committed to improving education and continuing professional development for GP’s and is an enthusiastic teacher.

Kevin Fernando NB Medical Education

Kevin Fernando - FRCP Edin. MRCGP MSc Diabetes

Kevin is a 6-session GP Partner working at the coalface in North Berwick, near Edinburgh. His specialist interests are medical education and diabetes. He is a GP Educational Supervisor for the Scotland Deanery and Scottish Lead and also Diabetes Lead for NB Medical Education. Kevin graduated from Edinburgh University in 2000 and holds both MRCGP and MRCP. He was elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh during 2014 for his work in diabetes professional education.

Kevin has also completed a Master’s degree in Diabetes passed with distinction, and has recently been appointed a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion.

Away from work, Kevin is married with four children. He enjoys cooking and entertaining and his claim to fame was winning Channel 4’s Come Dine with Me!

Siobhan Becker NB Medical Education

Siobhan Becker - MB BS DRCOG MRCGP (dist)

Siobhan Becker is a GP partner in Oxford, and honorary senior clinical lecturer for the University of Oxford. She qualified in London in 1995 and has been a GP for 15 years. Siobhan has been involved in education for many years with students from the first to final year, both teaching and examining. She is highly enthusiastic about General Practice and tries to convert all her students to it. She is also the commissioning lead for her practice

Her time outside of work is filled with her family of teenagers as well as running, skiing, surfing, camping and generally not sitting still!

Kate Digby NB Medical Education


Kate is a GP in Gloucestershire and immersed in the world of Medical Education, especially training. She's a GP Training Programme Director for Severn Deanery and also teaches at Bristol Uni. As well as great clinical and teaching experience, Kate has charisma, energy and a passion for GP. She's a natural presenter and communicator. She's also a 'Tough Mudder'! Kate is our GP Training lead, helping to make our educational products as useful as possible for Trainees.
Zoe Norris NB Medical Education


Dr Zoe Norris trained at the University of Nottingham before undertaking her junior doctor posts and GP training in Lincolnshire. She moved to East Yorkshire and currently works with Yorkshire Medical Chambers. She is Prescribing Lead, and Clinical Lead for the Individual Funding request panel at Hull CCG. She works as a GP appraiser for the Yorkshire and Humber area team, and sits on the local LMC.

Zoe is well known for her regular writing for The Huffington Post about working as a GP in the NHS. She makes regular radio and TV appearances to discuss issues affecting general practice, and writes for Pulse. Zoe is NB Medical’s social media lead.
Ahmed Rashid NB Medical Education

Ahmed Rashid - MBChB MSc MRCGP

Ahmed is an NHS GP in Hertfordshire and a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCL Medical School. He completed his junior doctor rotations in London followed by an MSc in Cardiology at Imperial College London. He combined his clinical training in general practice with an academic clinical fellowship, working in the cardiovascular disease research group at the University of Cambridge. In 2014, he was selected to be a national leadership fellow and spent 12 months working at the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence. He has written for a variety of medical journals and magazines and has a monthly research column in the British Journal of General Practice.

Rob Walker NB Medical Education


Rob Walker is a GP Partner in a busy training practice in Basingstoke. He trained in Oxford and qualified in 2001. He thrives on trying to master the art of translating evidence into patient-centred care. He has recently finished a four year stint as education and research lead at North Hampshire CCG and continues to provide the GPs of North Hampshire with updates on the latest guidelines and EBM. He is a new member of the team charged with reviewing and writing material for the Hot Topics course and book. When not elbow deep in BMJs or NICE guidelines he can be found running in the Hampshire countryside or playing the ancient game of Real Tennis in Oxford.