Tom Gale is a Consultant Anaesthetist and Director of Assessment at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) where the Progress Test is used widely throughout the medical and dental curricula. Since 2010 he has led the Clinical Skills programme for the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry where he established a comprehensive simulation augmented education and training curriculum for undergraduates. He is Programme lead for the Masters in Simulation and Patient Safety at PUPSMD which is promoting research in the area of outcome based education using simulation.

He has had significant involvement in establishing nationally standardised recruitment methods for the Royal College of Anaesthetists as a member of their Recruitment Committee with particular responsibility for designing the selection blueprint, evaluation and online assessor training. Other national roles in assessment include membership of the Medical and Dental Recruitment and Selection Quality Committee with responsibility for ensuring high standards in selection practice across multiple specialties in the UK. He worked as a core member of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Selection Pilot team in 2010 / 11 and the Health Education England Specialty Selection Pilot in 2013/14.

Research interests include the use of performance based measures for high stakes assessment in clinical skills, assessment of non-technical skills and the benefits of progress testing for applied medical and dental knowledge based tests.