University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust provides one of the main NHS settings for students from Lancaster Medical School.

Undergraduate Medical Education

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 UHMB, 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”

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.  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:

Undergraduate Dental Education

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) 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:

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