The president of the Royal College of Physicians visited Milton Keynes this week to learn more about the hospital’s extensive training programme.
Sir Richard Thompson met junior and middle grade doctors, consultant physicians, the executive team and the hospital’s chairman.
He also attended the regional medical update hosted by Milton Keynes Hospital. The event is attended by physicians and trainee doctors across the Oxford region, including Oxford, Reading, Buckingham, High Wycombe, Banbury and Stoke Mandeville.
The update covers the latest treatment and management techniques for a variety of conditions including hepatitis C, epilepsy, stroke, coronary syndrome, acute sepsis and sleep apnoea.
Organiser Dr Ravi Madhotra, gastroenterology consultant, said: “We are delighted that someone so important has visited us. We are also taking the opportunity to show him more of the hospital, including our Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit and Medical Assessment Unit. There is some great work going on here, and we are proud to show it off.”
Medical director Martin Wetherill, added: “Our hospital has an excellent reputation for its training and we hope to take that even further with the introduction of the new medical school. Getting the training right is so important to ensure our staff not only have the right clinical skills, but are also aware of the latest innovations, know how to apply their learning in a challenging situation – and of course, care for our patients in a way that preserves their dignity and treats them with respect.
“It is great that the President of the Royal College of Physicians has taken the time to come and see what we do here and to see the Milton Keynes educational programme for himself.”
Plans for the hospital’s medical school were announced in August this year. The four-and-a-half year MB ChB course will begin in January 2015. The first phase will take place in Buckingham and offer a mix of clinical and biomedical science teaching over two years. The second, clinical, phase will be centred at Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Teaching and governance will be delivered to General Medical Council standards.
The hospital will find out on November 5 how it has fared in the Health Education England Thames Valley training awards, which are based on student nominations. Dr Bill Smith, a Consultant Physician at the hospital, is nominated for educational supervisor of the year and Dr Pete Thomas, A&E Consultant, is nominated as training programme director of the year.