Prof Kenneth Walker
Kenneth Walker is Colorectal Surgeon, Associate Dean and Honorary Professor of Surgical Training, based in Inverness since 2004. He had previously trained and served in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Sydney and Nepal.
Ken is a past chair of the Scottish Surgical Simulation Collaborative, Simulation Lead for the Scottish Improving Surgical Training (IST) pilot, Associate DME for Innovation in NHS Highland, simulation advisor to the RCSEd's Education Network, and a supervisor of surgical education research fellows and trainees.
Ken has co-founded and directed simulation-rich training innovations including the holistic Scottish Surgical Boot Camps, the Incentivised Laparoscopy Practice programme, and more recently Core Consultation Skills for Surgeons. Besides simulation, he has interests in pelvic floor surgery, non-technical skills, surgery for remote populations and mentoring. He also helps with courses in Nepal and Palestine and hosts International Fellows in Inverness.
In his association with CHERI, Ken has worked with Professor Jen Cleland on the Surgical Boot Camp study (winning the CAMES award for research in medical simulatio at AMEE (2016), and has co-supervised PhD theses by Vivienne Blackhall (qualutatuve evaluations of 2 novel training interventions) and Adarsh Shah (mixed methods evaluation of the Scottish IST pilot).
Ken is married to an artist and they have three grown up children. His other passions are faith, outdoorsiness, making music and earting neat marzipan.