Kevin is a practicing GP and the Director of Education for the Academy of Primary Care at Hull York Medical School.
Kevin is instrumental to the development of the longitudinal integrated clerkship. He is a GP trainer and appraiser and has a keen interest in multi-professional workforce development. He also develops the Medical School’s primary care short courses, and was also involved with the development of the MSc Physician Associate Studies programme.
In the development and delivery of our LIC, we are keenly
interested in exploring how such a medical education model can enhance patient-centred
care, provide a richer clinical placement experience and help generate interest
in working in under-doctored areas. Alongside the delivery of the LIC pilot, we
have some active research themes exploring these aspects.
I was very pleased to attend the Consortium of Longitudinal
Integrated Clerkships (CLIC) Conference 2019, hosted by the University of
British Columbia in Canada. CLIC is a worldwide network of medical schools who
are either planning or delivering LICs in a variety of different forms. Some of
these have been running for more than 15 years.
An LIC in Yorkshire
It was a fascinating conference and I was pleased to share a poster about the Hull York Medical School LIC, which we believe is the first ‘immersed dispersed’ LIC in England.
It was great to share ideas with colleagues from across the
world as well as hearing more about the increasing body of evidence
demonstrating the potential benefits of LICs as well as tips on how to avoid
some of the pitfalls.
Several UK medical schools were represented including
Dundee, Cardiff and Imperial who have also now established LICs.
It was also brilliant to see many LIC students (past and
present) at the conference, many of whom had undertaken LIC-related research as
part of their studies; hopefully we’ll be able to have some Hull York Medical
School students representing us at future events! There is a student arm of
CLIC – SLICC – hoping to encourage some of our own pioneering LIC students to
get involved with this too.
And coming across Vancouver’s founding father… from Hull!
Also managed to squeeze in some sight-seeing; pleased to see
that one of the founding fathers of Vancouver ‘Gassy Jack’ was born in Hull! It
must be something about Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire that brings out a
Next month, Hull York Medical School will welcome Professor
David Hirsch for a visit, organised by our Health Professions Education Unit.
Based at Harvard University, he helped to establish the LIC model and will
deliver a seminar and host a discussion. There’ll be lots from this, combined
with my Vancouver experience, that we can take forward in the further development
of our LIC.
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!