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 clinical settings.
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.
Also, remember you can find out more about our LIC at www.hyms.ac.uk/LIC.