Unit run by medical students to open in Britain
Fiaz Ahmed Leicester
A unit in Leicester General Hospital where patients will be managed by medical students will be incorporated in the training course at the Leicester Warwick Medical School. It will also include student nurses as part of their training course.
The unit is based on a Swedish model, which has been running since 1996. This is an orthopaedic ward which is staffed by student doctors in their clinical years, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and other healthcare professionals in their training years. A team of fully qualified nurses works alongside the students. Additional support is also available by daily visits from consultants and other senior medical staff.
Although the specialty of the unit has not been decided, it is likely to be similar to that of the Swedish arrangement. Students will run the ward from 6 am until 10 pm, seven days a week. Students will be expected to make patient management