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

Traditionally, medical training has taken place primarily in a hospital setting. However, 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 of these services. The need to provide care for increasing numbers of frail, older people and people with multiple chronic conditions is changing how services are configured.

To prepare you for a career in the future NHS we place a strong emphasis on the importance of clinical placements in the community in a range of organisations. Each year, you will be placed in community settings in North Lancashire and South Cumbria. These include: GP placements where you’ll see patients under the supervision of practice staff; Primary Care Assessment Services which are often co-located within hospitals; and specialised clinics such as community dermatology and sexual health.

Allied to these placements we have a strong programme of community-orientated teaching with our community clinical teachers delivering high quality small group teaching across the breadth of the curriculum. Whether you choose a career in general practice or a speciality, the undergraduate curriculum at Lancaster Medical School provides a range of community-based opportunities to ensure you are fully prepared to meet the challenges of working in the future NHS.