Clinical Attachments

You will gain practical placement experience throughout your studies, in hospitals and the community.

Hospital placements

The Medical School, in conjunction with our partner NHS hospitals, provides you with the opportunity during years 2 - 5 to complete a variety of clinical attachments in local hospitals, including the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow, Royal Blackburn HospitalWestmorland General Hospital and Blackpool Victoria Hospital as well as Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Cumbria Partnership Trust

As future doctors, placements provide you with the opportunity to put your academic learning into practice within a clinical environment where there is emphasis on both the importance of understanding patient perspectives and effective patient communication skills.  

Community placements

Up to 50% of all UK medical graduates become general practitioners and even specialist healthcare in the UK is moving out of hospitals and towards community-based delivery. To prepare you for a career in the future NHS, each year you will complete community placements in North Lancashire and South Cumbria. These placements will include: GP placements where you'll see patients under the supervision of practice staff; third sector organisations where health and social care meet; Primary Care Assessment Services which are often co-located within hospitals; and specialised clinics such as community dermatology.