NAME OF MEDICAL SCHOOL:

University of Sheffield

Medical school lead for undergraduate medical education in palliative care:

Name:

Prof S Ahmedzai

Postal Address:

Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care, University of Sheffield, Samuel Fox House, Northern General Hospital, Herries Road, Sheffield  S5 7AU

Email:

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Telephone:

(+44) 0114 271 3082

Teaching PA name:

Laura Williams

Teaching PA email:

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Teaching PA telephone:

(+44) 0114 271 3082

Lead palliative care clinician for undergraduate medical education (if different to above):

Name:

Dr Eleanor Smith

Postal Address:

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Email:

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Telephone:

0114 2265602

Teaching PA name:

Sharon Hart

Teaching PA email:

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Teaching PA telephone:

00 44 (0)114 22 22099

Is palliative care a compulsory part of the course?

Yes

 

If yes, how many hours are timetabled?

35

Is palliative care examined in Finals exams or at other points in the course?

Yes

No

If yes, please give details:

 

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMME

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Community and Palliative Care Module - Phase 3b

In addition to the main Community and Palliative Care lectures which take place in January and August each year, students undertake an eight week module during Phase 3b of the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum at The University of Sheffield. This comprises a seven week allocation in General Practice and one week at a palliative care placement.

The undergraduate lectures now include a session on Narrative Medicine. In some of the hospice placements students are encouraged to take a narrative history from a patient. The aim is to facilitate a memorable experience which provides insight into the significance of a life limiting illness for the individual. Comparing this approach, to more conventional history taking, allows students to reflect on their learning

 

Palliative Medicine Attachment

 

During the Palliative Care attachment in Phase 3b, students spend one week based at a hospice or palliative care unit learning the principles of palliative medicine.  Students will be allocated to one of four local hospices in South Yorkshire and may also be required to visit clinics within the local community during the course of their week in palliative care.  Full details of the individual student’s attachment will be placed on the student system.

The student experience will include time assessing patients in palliative care and observing the role of clinical nurse specialists and other members of the multidisciplinary team. During the attachment, the students will spend one morning developing communication skills related to giving bad news using an adapted Maguire model of role play.

The aim of the week in palliative medicine is to provide experience and training for students in the skills necessary when interacting with patients and their families in the context of palliative care.

During the week, the student’s experience will include:

  • Time assessing patients in palliative care and presenting cases to the team
  • Observing the role of clinical nurse specialists and other members of the multidisciplinary team
  • Informal teaching sessions with medical staff during ward rounds or clinics
  • Observing the principles of symptom control in practice
  • Observing clinical features of advanced illness
  • Students may also receive tutorials from different health care professionals,  depending on the hospice
  • Experience of the care of the dying and principles of end of life care, clinical features, symptom control, communication issues
  • Attending multi-disciplinary team meetings
  • Observing communication between staff and patients and their families, discussion of potential communication issues

At the end of the week in palliative care, the hospice tutors discuss the placement with the student and complete and sign off an assessment sheet which is then handed into the Teaching Office on the last day of the Community and Palliative Care module.

If students are absent for any reason, they are required to notify their hospice.

Students also have the opportunity to undertake clinical or research SSCs in Palliative Medicine during their training.