Welcome to your Hospital-based Medicine & Surgery (HMS) placement here at Walsall. Over the next 14 weeks (Semester 1) or 11 weeks (Semester 2), we aim to help you build on your existing clinical knowledge and skills by providing you a thorough introduction to clinical practice in the hospital setting and to experience the practice of clinical medicine and surgery ‘at first hand’. Both placements are long and we encourage you to manage your time effectively and make the most of the learning opportunities here in Walsall.
Working closely with Birmingham Medical School, we will strive to help train the very best doctors who are safe, competent, good communicators and well placed to meet the demands of a changing National Health Service.
As Senior Academy Tutors for the 3rd year firms, we will be meeting our individual firms on a regular basis and we and our colleagues look forward to teaching you.
Overview of Placement
Dr Jaumdally (Firm 1) Mr Mirza (Firm 2) Dr Senthill (Firm 3) Miss Abbott (Firm 4) Dr Awasti (Firm 5) Dr Jervaid (Firm 6)
Rotations - We organise your timetables to ensure that you have exposure to different specialties and wards.
You should aim to complete 20 case histories in the Student Case Notes booklet by the time of your SAT’s appraisal at the end of semester 1. This will provide evidence that you have been adequately involved with patients. The Medical School advises that for the first few weeks, until you have had time to learn the basic principles of history taking and examination, you should use photocopied pages or similar before starting to use the actual booklet.
Please ensure you always have your Clinical Procedural Skills Passport with you. Opportunities to be observed undertaking clinical skills can arise at any time. Trying to get your handbook completed retrospectively can be tedious and time consuming.
We request that one of you kindly agree to become the group representative – the role is to meet up with Mr Pepper HOA every few weeks for a short feedback session.
Theatre Taster Sessions (STSs)
Andy Tams runs Theatre Taster Sessions (STSs) allowing you an opportunity to go to theatres, observe operations and undertake clinical skills. These sessions are very popular and will timetabled during your surgical wards rotation.
Phil Jevon runs Walkabout sessions for 2 students at a time. He takes the students around the hospital, including A & E, looking for interesting patients, clinical skills opportunities etc. He is normally able to organize bedside teaching with ward doctors. To sign up – please see him directly and he will book a mutually convenient date/time.
Simulation training is being provided for you on Monday mornings – 8am-8.45am in room 15, MLCC. Each week one firm will be timetabled to attend (on Monday 22 September it will be firm 2). The session will provide you with opportunities to practice your examination and clinical skills.
Phil Jevon runs Pharmaceutical Cardiac Stress Tests in Nuclear Medicine (Imaging A), which are good for undertaking a number of clinical skills including recording 12 lead ECGs, cannulation and running through an IV infusion. Please see notice board to sign up.
There is an opportunity for one student at a time to shadow the Hospital at Night Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP). Emma Nicholls the lead for this service is happy to have one student with her for a shift. She spends most of the shift going around the hospital reviewing sick patients. This is an excellent opportunity. You will have plenty of opportunity to undertake clinical skills etc.
Please email Emma on email@example.com to book on. She will confirm your place and advise where and at what time to meet her.
During semester 2, you are required to write up 6 cases you have seen. These will form be the portfolio of cases that you will take to your Year 3 OSCE exam. Each case synopse should include:
You are required to undertake at least six on-takes over the two semesters Please can you all arrange your own on-take FY1 shadowing - in both medicine (AMU) and surgery (wards 10 & 11). If you intend to stay overnight and attend the post-take ward round, we may be able to arrange hospital accommodation for you (liaise with the Medical Education Team). If you are going to leave the hospital late in the evening it would be sensible to consider going 'home' with another colleague who has also been shadowing a FY1 doctor.
On-takes can also be organised at weekends. This is actually the best time to do them, particularly if they can be arranged so that they have minimal or no impact on your weekly timetable of teaching. Please remember to let the Medical Education Team know if you are coming in later or are not going to be in if you book an on-take session – please indicate this in advance on the signing-in register
Mr Pepper HOA has requested that you meet up with your firm’s Senior Academy Tutor (SAT) on a regular basis. Hopefully you have all already met your SAT. If not please can you contact your SAT’s secretary as soon as possible to arrange.
Doctors as Teachers forms
Mr Pepper HOA has requested that you complete these forms for the Consultants who are teaching you. These forms are available in the common room. Please leave completed forms at MLCC reception. Thank you.
Please can you complete an evaluation form following every lecture – they will be in the lecture room. Please leave completed forms at MLCC reception. Thank you.
Attendance: signing-in sheets
For health & safety reasons and requirements from the Medical School to monitor you attendance on placement, it is important to ensure you sign-in every day. Failure to do so may result in an absence being recorded.
End of semester/year clinician assessment:
NB: Serious or repeated concerns may be a fitness to practise issue
Please collect your PBA form from MLCC reception.
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We take patient safety very seriously. In line with the GMC’s Promoting excellence: standards for medical education & training (GMC, 2015), we strive to create a culture of promoting patient safety. We will endeavour to ensure that your education & training takes place where patients are safe, the care & experience of patients is good & education and training is valued.
We strive to demonstrate a culture that allows learners & educators to raise concerns about patient safety, and the standard of care or of education and training, openly and safely without fear of adverse consequences. Should you have any concerns while on placement here in Walsall please speak to an appropriate member of Trust Staff as soon as possible.