Mairi Scott

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Associate Dean for Internationalisation, Director of the Centre for Medical Education, Director of the Kuwait Scotland Health Innovation Network, Professor of General Practice and Medical Education



Professor Mairi Scott is Professor of General Practice and Medical Education and Associate Dean (International) at the School of Medicine, University of Dundee. She is the Director of the Centre for Medical Education and also offers consultancy support and post-graduate development programmes on all aspects educational governance, management and leadership. In addition she is the Director of the Kuwait Scotland Health Innovation Network which delivers a Masters level programme in Diabetes Care, Education and Management for health care professionals in Kuwait. She is the head of Tayside Centre for General Practice, an Honorary Consultant and a General Practitioner with NHS Tayside. She is a member of the University Senatus Academicus and an elected member of the University Court where she also serves on the Policy and Finance Committee and Governance and Nominations Committee.

Mairi was Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners in Scotland from 2003 until 2007 and represented General Practice on many working groups within NHS Scotland and the Scottish Executive/Government including the Kerr report (Building a Health Service Fit for the Future) and the white paper ‘Delivering for Health’. Along with Professor David Kerr she served on the Delivering for Health Implementation Board which reported to the Minister for Health. She built up strong working relationships with the Health Committee of the Scottish Parliament (giving formal evidence many times) and senior civil servants within the Scottish Executive Health Department. She led and shaped the development of ‘GP’s with Special Interests’ (GPwSI) in Scotland as a core element of service re-design and produced the planning document, Guidance on the Provision of Healthcare in a Community Setting in Scotland for Pandemic Influenza, at the request of the Minister for Health.

In the second half of 2008, Mairi Scott was appointed for four years as a member of the General Medical Council. (This appointment was made by the Appointments Commission following changes to legislation around Professional Regulatory Bodies.) Being a Council Member of the GMC provided the opportunity to contribute at the highest level to ensuring that all members of the medical profession have the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver high standards of patient care. On completion of her term of office as a council member Mairi continues to work for the GMC as a Quality Improvement Framework assessor.

One of her most significant publications, with Professor David Kerr, was in the New England of Journal of Medicine on “British Lessons on Health Care Reform”. It was published at a critical time for USA health policy reforms and not only explored the benefits of a strong Primary Care sector but also suggested some key factors in developing this sector in other Health Care systems around the world.

(Updated September 2015)


Lectures and conferences

Since 2009 only

  • “Leadership, Evidence and Wicked Problems”. 1st GCC Conference Evidence Based Healthcare Professional Development. Kuwait October 2014.
  • “Cultivating Open Innovation Health Enterprises” Workshop. Rick Botelho (USA), Mairi Scott (Scotland), Colin Campbell (Assist Social Capital Scotland), Dr. Carmel Martin (USA), Dr. Chris van Weel (Netherlands), Dr. Joachim Stumberg (Aus), Karim Keshavjee (Canada) Russell Kohl TransForMed. North American Primary Care Research Group Forum Ottawa October 2013
  • “The Doctor-Patient Relationship – a key asset in health improvement”. Keynote Speech. Social Enterprise and Health SENSCOT Annual Conference. Glasgow June 2012
  • “From Classroom to Clinic to Classroom; A Whole System Approach to Enhancing Quality of Care”. 9th Gulf States Primary Care Conference. Kuwait November 2011
  • “Of Conan Doyle and Hume; A Scottish Perspective of Professionalism – Lessons from Medicine and Law” Scott M, Westwood F. Workshop. 14th Ottawa Conference AMEE. Miami Florida May 2010.
  • “Revalidation and the GMC”. Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress 2010. Edinburgh June 2010.
  • ‘The F1 Doctor and the GMC’. Preparation for Practice Annual Course. University of Dundee. 2010 – ongoing
  • “Tomorrow’s Doctors 2009: The review of UK standards for undergraduate education”. General Medical Council, Associated Medical Education Europe Annual Conference, Malaga, Spain. August 2009


  • “A ‘reflection tree’; a novel way to encourage adult learning principles for diabetes health professionals in Kuwait (KSeHIN)” Wake D, Goddard C, Ker J, Scott M.
  • “The development of a national clinical skills facility (KSeHIN)” Ker J., Behbehani K., Wake D., Morris A., Scott M.
  • “Evaluation of multidisciplinary training in the use of SBAR a safe communication tool (KSeHIN)” Ker J., Sukar F ., Wake D., Barake R., Goddard C., Scott M.
  • “Using the Objective Structured Clinical Examination to determine learning needs of diabetic nurse educators (KSeHIN)” Sukar F, Wake D., Barake R., Goddard C., Scott M., Ker J.,
  • Embedding multidisciplinary education into health care reform: Understanding motivation for learning and practice change (KSeHIN)” Wake D, Goddard C, Abbas A, Barake R, Sukkar F, Bennakhi A, Arouj M, Ker J, Scott M.
    • All above at International Diabetes Forum. Dubai. December 2011


  • “Assessing and Building Professional Character – Developing Professional Judgement” Scott M, Westwood F. 14 Ottawa Conference. AMEE. Miami Florida May 2010.
  • “Mastering the craft of our profession – developing professional judgement” Scott M, Westwood F. RCGP Conference Glasgow November 2009
  • “Distilling the essence of general practice: a learning journey in progress” Scott M, Gillies J, Lyon A, Mercer S, Watt G. RCGP Conference Glasgow November 2009


Health Care Transformational Change

Mairi’s particular area of interest and expertise is the transformational change of both local and national health care delivery systems. Her approach is based on her understanding of the importance of a strong primary care structure being the foundation of any National Health system. Mairi’s approach is to embed this concept into a range of multi-modular educational programmes designed to enable and empower health care professionals working in their own systems. By using a work place based assessment system within the modules participants can bring about change quickly and consistently as they study. In addition Mairi offers leadership training and mentoring support for senior leaders and managers.

In addition, Mairi’s special area of teaching expertise is in Small Group Facilitation and she has developed a series of Master Classes on these skills. Along with this she has developed a programme to train general practitioners to run ‘Balint group’ case discussions and so develop their skills in patient centred care.


Post-Graduate Teaching


Mairi is the Director of the Centre for Medical Education which has provided Masters Level Courses in Medical Education for over thirty years and also offers consultancy support and post-graduate development programmes on all aspects educational governance, management and leadership. In addition she is the Director of the Kuwait Scotland Health Innovation Network which delivers a Masters level programme in Diabetes Care, Education and Management for health care professionals in Kuwait. This programme has been created out of a successful partnership between the Dasman Diabetes Institute (DDI) the Ministry of Health in Kuwait and the Scottish consortium consisting of the University of Dundee, NHS Tayside and Aridhia Informatics. It is a blended learning programme and is being offered to all health care professionals in Kuwait. It consists of a range of modules covering clinical, educational, organisation and research topics and uses face to face teaching in Kuwait, on-line additional study materials and tutor support and all assignments are student developed work place based projects with critical reflection.

The project has twice been nominated for the Times Higher Education Award for International Collaboration of the year (2012 and 2015).



Undergraduate Teaching


Mairi is the Head of the Tayside Centre for General Practice. The centre has a dedicated team of educators based who, along with many contracted general practitioners and other primary healthcare professionals deliver teaching across all five years of the curriculum. The team also contribute to many of the core academic functions of the whole Dundee undergraduate curriculum such as admissions, academic standards, student support, assessment, integrated teaching blocks and also SSC’s along with intercalated degrees of a BMSc Teaching in Medicine and a BMSc in International Health.


Since 2009 only

  • Muir F, Scott M, McConville K, Watson K, Behbehani K, Sukkar F. Taking the learning beyond the individual: how reflection informs change in practice. International Journal of Medical Education. 2014;5:24-30 DOI:10.5116/ijme.52ec.d21f

  • Wake, D., Goddard, C., Ker, J. and Scott, M. Reflecting in the Middle East: blossoming trees. (2013)The Clinical Teacher, 10: 264–265. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-498X.2012.00642.x
  • N T Conway, R Al Wotayan, A Alkuzam, F F Al-Refaei, D Badawi, R Barake, A Bell, G Boyle, S Chisholm, J Connell, [......], A Judson, C Kelly, J Ker, M Scott, A Shaltout, F Sukkar, D Wake, A Morris, D Sibbald, K Behbehani. The Kuwait-Scotland eHealth Innovation Network (KSeHIN): a sustainable approach to quality improvement in healthcare.

Quality in primary care 02/2014; 22(1):43-51.

  • Gillies J, Mercer S, Watt GCM, Scott M, Lyon A. Questionnaire Severity measures for Depression. Br J Gen Pract 2011 May; 61 (586):324-5
  • Scott M. CME: Standing in the Mist of Professionalism. AMEE Guide Supplement Viewpoint, Continuing Medical Education. 35.1. Medical Teacher 2010.
  • Kerr D, Scott M. British Lessons on Health Care Reform, New England Journal of Medicine. Vol 361, Number 11, September 24, 2009. e21(1-3).
  • Gillies J, Mercer M, Lyon A, Scott M, Watt G. Distilling the essence of general practice: a learning journey in progress. Br J Gen Pract 2009 May; 59:562 p 356-363.
  • Scott M. Love T. Pandemic Flu Training for Retired Health Care Professionals May 2009.
  • The RCGP – ‘Being a General Practitioner’ Curriculum Statement 1. January 2007. RCGP publication.
  • RCGP Products; The Essence of General Practice
    • Author: RCGP Scotland ISBN: 0000000000EGP Publisher: RCGP Scotland Published: February 2008