Dr Lucy Obolensky

Dr Lucy Obolensky

Lecturer in Postgraduate Education

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)


Programme Lead Global and Remote Healthcare Masters



I am medical doctor with 15 years experience. 

I balance my clinical work in Emergency Medicine and General Practice with my academic role as programme lead for the Global and Remote Healthcare Masters. 

My expertise in Global health, a field I have worked in for over 15 years, lies in developing health care partnerships and initiating primary and public healthcare programmes in remote areas. 
As an International consultant I work with Ministries of health, NGOs and private foundations providing technical assistance in how to improve health outcomes through delivering culturally appropriate, sustainable health system improvement. 

I have a passion for education:  whether this ranges from advising international companies in global health policies, through to giving pain relief in remote environments I believe in sharing knowledge and skills that impact on daily practice.  

 My ambition is to see increased recognition of opportunities for reciprocal learning and the integration of global health education throughout all undergraduate and post graduate training.

I give motivational lectures at a variety of medical schools, universities and companies, combining my  academic background with personal experience in the field. 

I love exploring both within the UK and further afield with my two young children in tow. 
 I'm a rubbish cook so never take me up on a dinner invitation!

Professional membership

Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2007

Member of the Royal College Emergency Medicine 2011

Member of the Royal college of General Practitioners 2013

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society 2015

Professional Certificate International Health Consultancy LSTM 2014

Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine Cardiff Metropolitan University 2011

Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene LSHTM 2005

Teaching interests

I have had an active role in teaching throughout my career both in the UK and internationally. 

My main teaching role now is as the programme lead for the Global and Remote healthcare masters here at Plymouth University. I have the privilege of meeting fascinating individuals undertaking the course and learning from their experiences in global and remote medicine. 

Clinically I am an ALS instructor which I teach in the UK, and a Primary Trauma Care Course instructor which I teach in East and Southern Africa.  
I have been a Training Programme Director in General Practice and a mentor for Foundation doctors. 
I am currently completing my instructor training for the European Trauma Course. 

I am an associate lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan university and a module lead for the Expedition and Wilderness medicine diploma at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and appreciate the opportunity to teach and other universities meeting a variety of lecturers and students. 

I am a senior instructor for Wilderness Medical Training teaching both doctors and expedition participants advanced first aid in remote environments. 

As an RNLI crew member and lifeboat doctor I enjoy setting up medical scenarios both on and off the water. 

Research interests

I have published work on global health competencies in post graduate curricula and my goal is to see increased recognition of opportunities for reciprocal learning and the integration of global health education throughout all undergraduate and post graduate training.

I co-founded EGHO in 2012. EGHO functions as an umbrella body for many projects, bringing together people with an interest and passion for global health. The charity works with hospitals, rural clinics and communities in Kenya to improve healthcare through education programs and initiatives for better treatment. 

We have published work in many of our projects: trauma, family planning, education and training and improvement science. 

My current area of research lies in developing primary care and public health facilities in remote areas of  Northern  Kenya. We are also looking at how to  work with communities to initiate social and cultural change to improve the  livelihood of women and girls. 

Grants & contracts

Large PIP DFID grant through THET for development of trauma services in Laikipia, Kenya. 

  • Time to go global: a consultation on global health competencies for postgraduate doctors. International Health
    May 2016
    • Lucy Obolensky
    • Walpole S, Shortall C, Merriel A, Ellis J, Allen S
  • The Kenya Orthopaedic Project. Surgical Outcomes of a Travelling Multidisciplinary Team Cousins G, Obolensky L, MCallen A. British Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
    December 2012
  • UK Charity Trauma Surgery Missions to the Developing World: Low Complication Rates can be achieved. Beebeejaun Trauma
    May 2012
  • Kenya Orthopaedic Project: Experiences of Trauma Surgery in the Developing World Trauma
    June 2012
  • Iatrogenic Radial Head Dislocation Shoulder and Elbow
    April 2011
  • Patients’ Positive Experiences of Treatment Escalation Plans – a replacement for the Do-Not-Resuscitate process. British Journal of Medical Ethics
    August 2010
  • The importance of close surveillance for Charcot arthropathy in diabetic patients presenting to the Emergency Department with low-energy foot injuries. Emergency Medicine Journal
    July 2010
  • Treatment of the first known case of acute upper and lower airway obstruction caused by retropharyngeal bleeding secondary to acquired haemophilia’ Anaesthesia
    May 2007

Reports & invited lectures

Wilderness Medical Training - Insight Talk January 2017

Wessex General Practitioners conference July 2016
Cardiff University Sports Medicine Conference June 2014
Royal College General Practitioners Global Health conference April 2013

Other academic activities

  • Associate Director Phoenix Expeditin Medicine
    June 2012 – Present (4 years 10 months)

    In working with Phoenix Expedition Medicine I work with a highly experienced team who teach and train advanced first aid skills for remote locations. 

    We also offer services in accompanying expeditions as doctors to support the team both as a medic, and part of the wider expedition team. 

    We work with a number of organisations including the Royal Geographic Society, London, and the BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol.

    My passion for teaching, positivity and enthusiasm ensures that each participant gets the most out of their learning experience. I have been privileged to meet some exceptional people through my work who have inspired me to take on new challenges in my own life. 

Additional information

I am a water sport enthusiast and keen long distance triathlete. 

Family time is mostly spent wild camping on Dartmoor.