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Meet our next DFTB Fellows…Helena Winstanley and Chris Odedun


Team DFTB is excited to announce that over the next two years we will have six DFTB Fellows working in the Paediatric Emergency Department at the Royal London Hospital with specifically dedicated DFTB time each week. We will introduce you to them all as they start – they are a mix of paediatric and EM trainees, most of whom are at the end of their training, and who come from the UK, Ireland, Australia, and South Africa. You’ve already met our first DFTB Fellow, Rebecca Paxton. Now it’s time to meet the next couple.



Helena Winstanley


How are you feeling about being the first  DFTB Fellow cohort?

Hi there! My name is Helena and I have the honour of being the second DFTB fellow to be appointed at the Royal London Hospital in East London. I am both excited and nervous to be taking on this role as this will be the first time I’ve been involved in anything on this scale but I can’t wait to see how it develops over the next few months.


What attracted you to the role?

I was attracted to the fantastic duel opportunity of having some dedicated non-clinical time to work on an education project combined with the privilege of working in the best ED in London (in my slightly biased opinion).  I have always loved teaching and education and to be able to be involved with such an amazing, inspiring group of people that is the DFTB team is the chance of a lifetime!


What project will you be working on and why?

I am working on the same project as Bec – attempting to produce a set of teaching materials that can be used as part of a six month PEM education programme.  In particular at the moment I am looking at our feedback loop in terms of how we are able to evaluate and improve our content. It is a new and potentially very large project that will involve a vast number of contributors and we need a robust mechanism for ensuring the content that we produce is valuable to those on the ‘shop floor’. 


What will you be doing for the rest of your week?

My background is in General Paediatrics with a focus on acute paediatrics and I completed my formal training earlier this year.  I had always intended to take some time after my training to bolster my ED skills as this was an area of medicine I had enjoyed ever since I was a bright eyed, bushy tailed medical student and I was keen to look for a post that allowed me to pursue my education interests as well so I feel very fortunate to have been given the chance to be a DFTB Fellow.

During the rest of this week I’ll be working in the ED trying not to catch yet another viral URTI as winter is well and truly upon us…  I’ll also be scratching my head trying to work out the best way to ensure the people who use our modules can let us know what they think about them and how we can keep on improving.

Outside of work I’ll be rehearsing Christmas Carols (sorry, I know we’re not quite there yet) with my church choir and trying to memorise Old English lyrics which is a lot of fun and keeps the non-medical brain cells alive and kicking!


What are you most looking forward to?

I think the thing I am most looking forward to is being involved in a project that has the potential to reach so many people over different continents and really make a difference to their confidence and knowledge of Paediatric Emergency Medicine.  This opportunity to collaborate with so many experienced people in the world of FOAMed is unparalleled and I am excited to learn from the hugely talented bunch of people that make up DFTB!


Can others get involved to help you with this project?

Yes please!!  Anyone with advice or knowledge of impact assessment I’d be very grateful for your thoughts and ideas as the project takes shape.  Equally, as we start to develop the questionnaires and feedback mechanisms, people with the technical know-how to embed these into our website will be welcomed with open arms!


Chris Odedun


How are you feeling about being the first  DFTB Fellow cohort?

I’m feeling good! It’s early days (week #2 as I’m writing) but I’m very impressed with the DFTB team’s strategic direction, as well as their desire to look far and wide to gain new skills in the form of new team members, like me ️. The other educational fellows in the department at RLH are very kind and welcoming.


What attracted you to the role?

The department has an excellent reputation for education and teamwork, one which I think many adult EDs in general can learn from – in terms of staff autonomy, pastoral care and putting continuous learning at the centre of processes. I know I learn best when in an environment that delivers supportive feedback on a regular basis. 

I’ve previously taken time out of my training to delve into medical education and leadership, and the role will be a great way to combine creative practice with skills gained from those other roles.

Bec’s had a slight head start on the project as she started a few months ago – how have things been going

She’s made really impressive headway from what I’ve seen. I will be drawing both from my educational background and from my experience with podcasts & radio to help create content for the curriculum she’s worked on – and make sure its reach is as broad as possible.


What will you be doing for the rest of your week?

I finished my UK emergency medicine training in October. The rest of my work week is about stepping up my personal practice to deliver excellent paediatric emergency care, without some of the distractions a training programme provides in terms of box-ticking, so I can take this into my consultant career.

Outside of work, I’ve been recording a regular internet music show for around 5 years now and I’m keen to expand my interviewing repertoire. Taking care of a naughty and affectionate dog is a big part of our home life, and I’m working hard on learning to swim a pool length by the time I move on!


What are you most looking forward to?

Collaboration is key for me. I clearly have some excellent peers & mentors to learn from. I’d echo what Bec has said in that DFTB (and indeed the FOAMed movement) benefits from a diversity of voices. I’d love to involve non-clinical staff & patients in our work where possible. Working out how best to do this is something I would love to hear ideas from our resource users – if they’re keen on these thoughts please get in touch!



  • Tessa Davis is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at the Royal London Hospital and a Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London.



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