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A sense of family, positive teaching culture and investment in people and facilities made George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust’s provisions for undergraduate medical students stand out in a recent educational quality assurance visit.

The Medical Education Department at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust hosted an educational quality assurance visit from Warwick Medical School in May, with the visiting team highly commending the culture of education and enthusiasm they saw. Initial feedback suggests the visit was a great success and the panel recognised the open, supportive and friendly culture across all disciplines, as well as a willingness to address issues, robust systems and processes in place and the integration of education.

They also visited the Trust’s education building, GETEC, including student areas, library, teaching rooms and the simulation suite.

Dr Sankara Raman, Director of Medical Education for the George Eliot Hospital Trust, said: “The team from Warwick Medical School were very impressed with the sense of family they saw here at the Eliot with people pulling together to deliver results.

“I would like to send a personal thank you to the whole education team for their hard work.

“We are not without challenges, but we are well sighted on them and what needs to be done to overcome those. I am sure we can ensure that the hospital maintains the high reputation for education that it has justly earned and deserves.”

Medical students are based at George Eliot Hospital for clinical placements as part of their MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) course at The University of Warwick’s Warwick Medical School. Students are on a four-year accelerated course, have a minimum of a degree before they commence and are all adult learners. Medical students are on site throughout the course.

The hospital’s consultants supervise students clinically and provide teaching sessions in addition to acting as examiners. The Trust also has a number of clinical education fellows who support delivery of education and a small administration team.

Warwick Medical School visits every three years and measures the quality of educational delivery using Health Education England’s quality domains, which concentrates on the educational environment, culture, governance, leadership, support of learners and educators, delivery of curriculum and assessment and the development of a sustainable workforce.

Dr Catherine Free, George Eliot Hospital’s Medical Director, added: “Education must be at the heart of what we do as a trust and is key to recruiting and retaining our future workforce. The medical school saw the contribution of all staff, not just those with educational roles which is the foundation of our excellent culture.

“I witnessed at first hand the enormous amount of work that went into that and would like to thank the team for their leadership. Well done to all.”

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