Undergraduate Medical Education
We co-ordinate, deliver and quality assure the clinical component of the Lancaster Medical School MBChB degree programme. 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/nursing staff, midwifes and pharmacists all providing divisional and targeted support throughout the Trust on all areas of the curriculum. Together we strive to ensure quality education and training for our medical students. 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 the requirements of the curriculum, whilst also meeting the Trust’s high standards of patient care.
The Lancaster Medical School curriculum is designed to enable students to acquire independent learning skills through Problem-based learning (PBL) and also develop communication and clinical skills from an early stage and experience early patient contact.
At UHMBT we host medical students for their clinical placements in years 2-5 and clinical assessments in years 1-5.
“It’s an intimate and well supervised learning environment”
Find out what happens in the following years of your undergrad education…
During Year 2, students expand their knowledge of the science underlying clinical practice and increase their awareness of the scope of professional practice. Whilst on attachment at UHMBFT, second year students have a great deal of support in practising the communication skills and clinical skills learnt in year 1. This is facilitated by Hospital Clinical Tutors and Clinical Skills Educators who work with the students between the laboratory and the wards. In addition there is bedside teaching and tutorials which are organised to support PBL and case collection.
Students spend 2 days per week on clinical attachment spending an equal amount of time in Medicine and Surgery. Students undertake a 7 week medical and surgical attachment at both the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Furness General Hospital. During hospital days students are involved in various learning activities: taking patient histories; preparing case presentations; engaging in key clinical experiences.
Year 3 comprises five rotations, each of which involves patient contact, clinical teaching, PBL, Key Clinical Experiences and other teaching activities such as tutorials and lectures:
- Women and Children
- Care of the Elderly
- Managing long-term conditions (GP placement)
- Therapeutics and Sexual Health
- Community Mental Health
In PBL, students start to use real clinical cases, rather than exploring a written scenario, students might present information from their own catalogue of patient histories and use this information as the basis for developing their learning objectives.
Year 4 is designed to enable the students to consolidate all their previous learning and skills in the context of patient management. Students spend a minimum of three days a week in hospital and one day a week in General Practice. Students complete two 16-week blocks. Problem based learning continues during the year with clinical scenarios supporting the observation and learning in the clinical rotations. In some instances, students will continue to use real clinical cases, rather than exploring a written scenario.
Block 1: Acute Adult Care
The block comprises four clinical placements as follows:
Block 2: The Specialties
The block comprises four clinical placements as follows:
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Students are encouraged to practice the core clinical skills that will enable them to undertake a confident and competent clinical history and examination of patients.
The final year of the course is an intensive apprenticeship-based clinical experience designed to prepare the student to function as a Foundation Doctor in the modern NHS.
In Year 5, students undertake five clinical attachments, two of which are Selectives in Advanced Medical Practice (SAMPs):
- Acute Care
- Community Placement
- Shadowing a FY1 doctor
Each attachment consists of 7 weeks of intensive clinical experience. A portfolio is used to guide and assess learning. Students take responsibility for their own learning and engage in reflective practice, to prepare them foundation training and their medical career.
The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with Lancaster University Medical School, is pleased to offer clinical elective placements to students from both UK and overseas medical schools.
Due to a high demand for placements and a large number of local undergraduates during the academic year, clinical elective placements are restricted to a maximum of six weeks per student for a fixed period during the summer months.
All applicants will be required to register at Lancaster University Medical School for the duration of their elective and must be in their senior (normally penultimate or final year) of an undergraduate medical programme. Please follow this link for our legibility criteria and information on how to apply (TBC).
We are able to offer placements in the following areas:
|Acute Medicine||Royal Lancaster Infirmary|
|Anaesthetics||Royal Lancaster Infirmary|
|Cardiology||Royal Lancaster Infirmary|
|Colorectal Surgery||Royal Lancaster Infirmary|
|Emergency Medicine||Royal Lancaster Infirmary|
|ENT||Royal Lancaster Infirmary|
|Intensive Care Medicine / Anaesthetics||Royal Lancaster Infirmary|
|Maxillo Facial Surgery||Royal Lancaster Infirmary|
|Medical Informatics||Royal Lancaster Infirmary|
|Ophthalmology||Royal Lancaster Infirmary|
|Paediatrics||Royal Lancaster Infirmary|
|Pain Management (palliative care and IMSK)||Royal Lancaster Infirmary|
|Acute Medicine||Furness General Hospital|
|Colorectal Surgery||Furness General Hospital|
|Elderly Medicine||Furness General Hospital|
|Emergency Medicine||Furness General Hospital|
|General Surgery||Furness General Hospital|
|Orthopaedics||Furness General Hospital|
|Paediatrics||Furness General Hospital|
|Urology||Furness General Hospital|
For information relating to electives, please contact Lisa Fox, Undergraduate Education Manager, on: Lisa.Fox@mbht.nhs.uk
Clinical Training and Assessment Centre
Examinations and Simulation
At UHMBT we are very proud of our new Clinical Training and Assessment Centre (CTAC). This facility has enabled us to host all clinical assessments for our medical students in years 1-4 and simulation training for year 3-5.
The Trust is responsible for the implementation of the clinical examinations (OSCEs) across all year groups and the final clinical assessment for students in year 4 (Lancaster Clinical Assessment, LCA). In conjunction with Lancaster Medical School, we continue to improve and develop our clinical assessments to ensure they help to produce the best doctors for the future.
CTAC is also home to simulation training for our medical students. 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.
Our eventual aim is to expand simulation training, with an emphasis on Human Factors, into multidisciplinary teams throughout the Trust.