Clinical placement experiences
What our students say about their placements at:
City Hospital, Nottingham
Ruby Nainan, 4th-year
"Being based at City Hospital was great! The location was convenient with regular free public transport and it was nice having our own teaching building. More importantly the rotations were varied sparking my interest in diverse specialties. What I found most beneficial was the weekly small group consultant teaching and the teaching sessions given by the teaching fellows."
Community Based Medicine*
Howra Ktayen, 4th-year
"For my CBM attachment, I was in an inner city GP practice. Consequently, the demographic of patients was completely different to what I’d seen on GP placements before; it was a real eye opening experience! I had my own clinic list, allowing me to assess patients, think of a diagnosis and then discuss management plans with my GP tutor. The staff were lovely, and I really felt part of the team. My top tip would be to make friends with the staff - offer your help whenever you can! For example, if you see one of the team running behind – offer to help and see some of their patients!"
(Placed at NEMS Platform One Practice)
King's Mill Hospital, Mansfield
Rob Cullum, 5th-year
"Being placed in a smaller district general hospital really allows you to become immersed in the topic you are studying. You really become part of the team so it’s a great place to practise procedural skills. The staff, from all professions, are so welcoming and really help your learning."
Lincoln County Hospital
Hannah Theobald, 5th-year
"I spent my first clinical placement at Lincoln County Hospital and really enjoyed my time there. I was initially nervous about being away from Nottingham but I was truly welcomed into the team at Lincoln and got some really good clinical experience. From the very beginning I was seeing patients and getting involved which I think was vital for my skills and knowledge."
Pilgrim Hospital, Boston
Beth Hardy, 5th-year
"Boston has been an enjoyable placement and has been very different in comparison to being in the larger hospitals. You are made to feel part of the team and, as there are less students, the patients don't get "student fatigue" and are usually keen to be involved in teaching. Formal teaching has been good with plenty of bedside teaching and small group teaching which has enhanced my learning."
Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham
Lucy Simmonds, 5th-year
"Being placed at a large teaching hospital is a fantastic opportunity to experience specialist services such as neurosugery and the children's hospital, which are not offered elsewhere. Doctors at QMC give excellent bedside teaching and there is the freedom to practise clinical skills on the wards on a daily basis."
Royal Derby Hospital
Pete May-Miller, 5th-year
"The Royal Derby Hospital is a large and new teaching hospital with over 1000 beds; it takes a large number of students from the University of Nottingham for clinical attachments. As students we benefit from a large number of clinical educators who come from all areas of the multidisciplinary team: they are dedicated to medical education and go out of their way to organise high quality clinical teaching for medical students at all stages of their training. As there are a number of courses based at the hospital we also benefit from a large education centre which houses teaching facilities as well as clinical skills areas and a simulation suite."
*Community Based medicine attachment in CP2 (CBM)
This attachment involves a student being ‘attached’ to a GP tutor for a 4-week block. During the attachment students will learn about the management of self-limiting illnesses and long term conditions, develop written and computer based clinical record keeping skills, learn about the role of other healthcare professionals in the Multi-Disciplinary team and develop an understanding of significant event recording. Students may be placed at a GP practice anywhere across Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire. We work with over 100 GP practices in the region and we allocate based on GP availability and information gathered from our student pre-allocation questionnaire which asks about transportation and any special circumstances.
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