UHMBT provides one of the main NHS settings for students from Lancaster Medical School.

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…

Year 2

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

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

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:

  • Acute Medicine
  • Medical Specialities
  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Specialities

Block 2: The Specialties

The block comprises four clinical placements as follows:

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Psychiatry
  • Paediatrics
  • Palliative care

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.

Year 5

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
  • SAMP1
  • SAMP2
  • 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.

Elective Placements

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.

Clinical Assessment

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.

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Student Physician Associates

The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to host year 1 and year 2 Student Physician Associates from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) for their clinical placements.

The Department of Health defines the Physician Associate as: “A new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or general practice team under defined levels of supervision.”

Training to become a Physician Associate is a two-year post-graduate diploma or Master’s degree with an equal split between classroom and clinical placement and is available to students with a science-related first degree.

During their clinical placements with us at UHMBT, students work as part of a medical team. Working with a consultant clinical supervisor, they develop clinical skills to diagnose patients, take medical histories and observe/support the junior doctors. They are timetabled to attend patient consultations/ward rounds, clinics, MDT meetings and clinical investigations and will have the opportunity to work with all members of the multi-disciplinary team. With the support of our dedicated clinical education team, we ensure that they are able to meet the requirements of the clinical component of their curriculum by gradually becoming more involved with clinical decision making whilst developing their practice in a clinical context. They will gain an understanding of imaging and investigation interpretation and ultimately start to analyse results and suggest a condition, diagnosis and a course of action.

For further information please follow this link http://www.uclan.ac.uk/courses/pgdip-physician-associate-studies.php

Undergraduate Dental Education

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 theUniversity 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.


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