Val Wass was appointed as Head of the School of Medicine at Keele University in December 2009. She worked originally for ten years in Paediatric and Adult Nephrology and then moved to train in Primary Care as she became increasingly interested in holistic patient care. She worked for eleven years as a General Practitioner in Kent before moving back into Academic Medicine at Guy’s, Kings and St Thomas’s Medical School as a senior lecturer in Primary Care (1995-2003) and the Community Based Medical Education in the University of Manchester (2003-2009). She studied the International Masters in Health Profession Education (MHPE) at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and has a long term interest in assessment methodology as a result of work on postgraduate examinations at the Royal College of General Practitioners for many years. This led to a PhD in Maastricht comparing traditional and new assessment methodologies. Since 2003 she has been the International Development Advisor for MRCGP[INT] South Asia and supported the development and implementation of their Clinical Skills Assessment. In 2008 she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the UK Higher Education Academy in recognition of her work in medical education.

She currently is an elected member of the UK Medical School Council Executive, chair of the Medical School Council Assessment Alliance, a member of the European Board of Medical Assessment (EBMA) and Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners International Committee.

She was elected to the AMSE Executive Committee in 2014.