The department of undergraduate medical Education at UHMBT provides clinical leadership and administrative support for undergraduate medical education activity taking place across the Trust.
Working in partnership with Health Education England North West (HEENW), the General Medical Council (GMC) and our Higher Education Institutions, we provide clinical training for medical students from Lancaster Medical School and Medical Students and Student Physician Associates from the University of Central Lancashire (Physician Associate Studies, MPAS (Hons) - UCLan / School of Medicine - UCLan).
We also offer elective placements to incoming medical learners from other UK and overseas medical schools during the summer months.
Undergraduate Medical Education is an integral part of the Medical Education Department at UHMBT. Alongside our core administrative team we have a dedicated clinical team led by the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, comprising undergraduate lead clinicians, teaching fellows, clinical skills and nursing, midwifery and pharmacy educators all providing targeted support throughout the Trust in all areas of the curriculums. Together we strive to ensure quality education and training for our medical learners. By working closely with our clinical teams we are able to identify the best learning opportunities and experiences for our students so that we can meet curriculum requirements, whilst also meeting the Trust’s high standards of patient care.
The GMC standards for education and training set mandatory requirements for the support and development of medical learners, trainees, trainers and local faculty. In undergraduate medical education at UHMBT, we strive to embed these standards within our organisational culture along with the Health Education England quality standards for healthcare learners.
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We are very proud of our education centres and clinical training and assessment centres (CTACs) at Furness General Hospital (FGH), the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) and Queen Victoria Hospital (QVH). These facilities have enabled us to facilitate classroom-based discussions, mandatory training, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), clinical skills and simulation-based education for our medical learners.
Our CTACs are home to simulation training for our medical learners. Simulation training gives our students the opportunity to put their knowledge and skills into practice during formal simulation training events. Students have to contend with scenarios such as cardiac arrest, adult shock and deteriorating patient, and demonstrate communication skills such as breaking bad news and dealing with distressed patients and relatives. In year 5 they are expected to prescribe appropriate medications, administer initial treatments such as oxygen and intravenous fluids, and manage interruptions from nursing staff.
Undergraduate dental education was introduced to Cumbria and Lancashire in 2007. This initiative was the result of a Cumbria and Lancashire consortium comprising Liverpool University, Lancaster University, The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) and the University of Cumbria. The University of Central Lancashire now offers a Dental Course (graduate entry) with an annual intake of 29.
On successful completion of the first year the students are allocated to one of four Dental Education Centres located in Morecambe, Blackpool, Carlisle and Blackburn to continue their studies on a local clinical attachment basis. For further details visit UCLANs website.
Should our learners experience any problems or need advice during their attachments they can approach any of the undergraduate admin / clinical team. Alternatively they can approach their Specialty / Educational Supervisors according their needs and preferences. There are also student support services available at Lancaster University and support available from our occupational health department.