With packed timetables up here we’ve been making the most of our weekends to explore the area by going on country walks and meeting some locals (the mooing kind).
We climbed Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire’s rival to the Matterhorn (apparently).
We wandered along the scenic Sutton Bank with a furry friend for company.
Don’t worry Hull York Medical School, we did some work as well.
Of course though, our Tuesday evenings are now very much dedicated to watching the Great British Bake Off.
Overall it’s been a very busy few weeks, but I’m really enjoying the time I spend at my GP surgery, which is based within Northallerton itself and is one of the largest in the area. I’ve met patients with some quite unusual conditions such as Myasthenia gravis, advanced Huntington’s disease and a little girl with mumps despite her vaccinations. Next week I’ll be set up in my own consultation room seeing patients alone, which should be a great learning experience.
To finish, a nice sight I had coming back from GP one afternoon – it made the rain a bit more bearable.
Not sure how it has been two weeks since we started, but here we are! These two weeks have mostly involved getting settled into our accommodation (navigating fridge and cupboard space in the kitchen), figuring out how long we can lie in bed before having to get up to get to our GP practices in time, meeting lots of lovely new people (everyone has been so friendly and helpful), and finding our way around the hospital.
My GP practice is split into two practices – Catterick and Colburn. So far, I have sat in and observed three different GPs in clinic and been on some home visits. I have seen a huge variety of people and different presentations already, with several potential longitudinal patients. My GP runs a “walk-in” type clinic in the morning and then appointments in the afternoon. I’m definitely getting a lot of exposure to topics studied last year as well as those we study this year, which will be useful for refreshing knowledge throughout the year in preparation for 4th year exams. In hospital, we have had some teaching, including going through some scenarios using the ABCDE approach, to prepare us for our acute week in James Cook.
Northallerton isn’t the biggest place, it’s a cute market town in North Yorkshire, which means you don’t have to go very far to be surrounded by beautiful countryside. Which I have been exploring during my runs around the area whilst the days are a bit longer – see photos below!
Tomorrow (weather permitting) we might go on a trip to Roseberry Topping, a famous hill in the area that provides a great view from the top! So stay tuned to see some photos from there🙂
Yesterday, together with Professor Martin Veysey, our MBBS Programme Director, I was really pleased to launch our exciting new LIC clinical placement at the Friarage Hospital in Northalleton. It felt like a really positive day and hopefully marks a milestone in the development and expansion of our medical programme. It also provided a chance to reflect on the journey leading up to the day; it has been a great team effort.
It was great to see the six Year 4 pioneering students who
are starting this new pilot clinical placement. We hope the year will provide a
great opportunity for them to be immersed in the whole patient journey on their
clinical placements and follow the same patients over time in a variety of
In the morning we outlined the curriculum and how the year will differ from a standard Year 4 placement. We also went through the specialist systems that will be used to support the students’ education and our dedicated student support services. Our Health Professions Education Unit is undertaking research on how an LIC may influence development of professional identify; Megan Brown, a PhD student, outlined this in more detail as well as the opportunities for students to become involved.
At lunch we welcomed our primary and secondary care tutors to celebrate our launch and meet the students. There was a buzz in the room with tutors and students chatting about the year ahead and reflecting on the journey of getting to this point. It was also great to welcome and thanks Lesley Pratt from Healthwatch who has provided a really useful patient voice as part of our LIC development team.
We also handed out scrubs for the students. In addition to spending more time in primary care than their peers, the students will be on ward rounds and in clinics in the Friarage Hospital, and occasionally up in Middlesbrough at James Cook Hospital. For these placements the students have their own Hull York Medical School sky blue scrubs. Keep an eye out for them in either hospital.
Over the coming weeks the students will be settling into
their GP clinical placements and starting their clinical procedural skills
training. We will work closely with
them as they get stuck in and I look forward to hearing more about their
experiences on this blog. Please check
back here soon.
It’s been an exciting few weeks as, after a year of development, we finally approach the start of the Hull York LIC pilot.
Our new LIC study guide is with the designer prior to printing and we’ve been having a variety of final meetings as well as running training sessions for our new batch of enthusiastic tutors.
It’s been a great a team effort and we are all looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of LIC students on their first induction on 19 August – Emily, Lucy, Rebecca, Jessica, Naomi and Ruth, I hope you are also excited about starting your LIC placement but enjoying your summer break in the meantime.
I’m off to the Outer Hebrides now but looking forward to seeing you all on the 19 August!