Three employees from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) have been highlighted for the excellent support they give to student doctors.
Kay Jaques, Sue Rodgers and Karen Shaw were described as: “Staggeringly wonderful” during a recent visit to TRFT by staff from Sheffield University Medical School .
Kay, Sue and Karen work in the Undergraduate Office at Rotherham Hospital which provides a point of contact in the Trust for student doctors from Sheffield University.
TRFT has between 50 and 60 student doctors training at any one time and the team helps to provide support for students around issues including finding their way around the hospital and organising teaching sessions. The support from the team helps the student to focus purely on their learning rather than having to worry about where to park or find lockers, for example.
For each student who arrives on placement at the Trust a full morning’s induction is provided and structured teaching programmes organised to allow the student to get the most from their placement.
Karen ensures that students meet the requirements of the clinical skills aspect of the curriculum, providing taught sessions and multiple opportunities for the trainees to practise their skills.
Student doctors usually train for five years and the current curriculum introduces them to clinical placements from their first year onwards. Students rotate around various hospitals for their clinical placements and the length of these placements varies according to the requirements of the curriculum.
Support is given to the students in other areas too, including special workshops set up by past and existing TRFT consultants and doctors. For example,since Professor Bardhan, former Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at the Trust, retired from clinical practice he has run a series of “Mega-Sessions” concentrating on a number of different clinical systems. Patients are brought in for the afternoon for the sessions so that the students get an opportunity to practise examination techniques and skills in a less pressured environment.
The visit from Sheffield University Medical School was part of an annual Service Increment for Teaching (SIFT) contract review meeting. The SIFT budget is paid to the Trust by the Strategic Health Authority to recognise the impact having student doctors has on the Trust’s ability to deliver its services.
Following a meeting with the current student doctors, Professor Nigel Bax, Director of Teaching at Sheffield University Medical School met with senior staff in the Education Centre to give feedback from the students and talk about plans for the future, finally there was a meeting with the consultants who deliver much of the teaching to the students.
Many of the consultant staff were praised, in particular for their dedication and commitment to the delivery of the undergraduate curriculum and Kay, Sue and Karen were each presented with a bouquet of flowers to show SheffieldUniversity Medical School’s gratitude for the dedication they have shown to their roles.