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Clinical Senior Lecturer

BSc (Hons), MSc, MBChB, FRCSEd (Paeds)


Jon joined the team at the UOC Simulation Centre in February 2022.

He completed his medical training in Edinburgh, Scotland and currently works at the University of Otago Simulation Centre as Clinical Senior Lecturer (Clinical Skills Research Lead) and also as a Paediatric Surgeon at Christchurch Hospital.

Jon is experienced with technical skills simulation for neonatal surgery and research and non-technical skills training around neonatal surgery. He has completed both the Network Z instructor course (2020) and Boston CMS course (2017).


Newman, N., Sim, G., Vernon-Roberts, A., & Wells, J. (2023). Usability and quality improvement of a clinical skills smartphone app based on medical student (end-user) feedback. Proceedings of the Ninth International Clinical Skills Conference. (pp. 64). Retrieved from

Liddy, H. J., Choi, C., Luenenschloss, N., Beasley, S. W., & Wells, J. M. (2023). Longitudinal force measurement and its relationship to technical competence for esophageal anastomosis in a thoracoscopic esophageal atresia/tracheo-esophageal fistula simulator. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 58, 1306-1310. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2023.02.026

Choi, C., Wells, J., Luenenschloss, N., Yi, M., Morison, C., Cook, N., Beasley, S., & Jones, R. (2022). The role of motion tracking in assessing technical skill acquisition using a neonatal 3D-printed thoracoscopic esophageal atresia/tracheo-esophageal fistula simulator. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 57, 1087-1091. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2022.01.029

Nair, D., Wells, J. M., Yi, M., & Beasley, S. (2021). Is technical expertise necessary to assess technical expertise? Let's ask the kids. Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques, 31(12), 1363-1366. doi: 10.1089/lap.2021.0321

Roberts, E. R., Hider, P. N., Wells, J. M., & Beasley, S. W. (2021). The frequency and effects of distractions in operating theatres. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 91, 841-846. doi: 10.1111/ans.16799

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