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Student placements

Placements in hospitals and general practices
Developing clinical skills

BM5, BM6* and BM(EU) students

In years one and two will have contact with patients in hospital, in general practices and in patients’ own homes, and will learn to take a medical history and examine patients as part of the Medicine in Practice course. In year two you will be on a regular placement working as part of the healthcare team as a Healthcare Support Worker. In years three, four and five, clinical placements form a significant part of the programme in hospitals and GP practices across the South of the UK.

*BM6 students go out on day placement every other week usually as part of a pair or a group of three or four students. Your placement will take place in both primary and secondary care around the Southampton area.

BM4 students

Experience will comprise two or three clinical sessions each week in both hospital and community settings during the first 18 months of the programme.

There is a clinical base in year 1 and 2 for BM4 students in Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester where there are identified clinical teaching staff, and a range of general practices are also involved. Clinical sessions allow you to observe medical care related to the relevant clinical topic, and also to begin to develop your clinical skills. Full time clinical placements then start after Christmas in year 2 and are mostly based in Basingstoke Hospital. You will undertake placements in Medicine, Surgery and Primary Care before joining the BM5 students, for a common final two years for both programmes.

From the first year we had contact with patients, which helped develop our communication and patient skills right from the start.

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