LSCFT provides mental health placements for medical students from Manchester, Lancaster and Liverpool Medical Schools.
Each medical School has an individual curriculum, so all aspects of the delivery of medical education differ depending on the respective medical school, this includes Quality Assurance (QA) and feedback systems.
Manchester Medical School students are posted with us for their Psychiatry placements mainly to Central and East Lancashire (Preston, Chorley, Burnley and Blackburn). These students are posted during the 3rd and 4th year of their course
Liverpool Medical School students are posted to North and West Lancashire (Blackpool and Ormskirk). These students are with us during the 3rd and 4th year of their course.
Lancaster Medical School students are posted to North Lancashire (Lancaster). Lancaster students are posted for their Psychiatry placements in the 3rd and 4th years of their course.
Additional students may spend several weeks on placement in our Trust. These may be students from the 3 local medical schools or students from further afield including overseas students. Differing medical schools have different terms for special study modules, but generally, over 10 students have either electives or special study modules with us annually.
Our feedback suggests that overall, our undergraduate psychiatry placements across the Trust are excellent with extremely positive feedback in most cases.
The Undergraduate Medical Education Department are annually involved in a series of recruitment initiatives (evening talks aimed at FY doctor, medical students and 6th formers – billed as ‘Summer Nights’ and ‘Spring into Psychiatry’ roadshows. Feedback suggests this had made a difference to some students and newly qualified doctors who were now considering a career in psychiatry.
Medical Education Facilitators and Consultants have also been involved in Recruitment Fairs at local medical schools and LSCFT have led initiatives on work experience placements for 6th form students.