UCL students played a major role in the recent Whittington Health Education Conference. The Conference was designed to showcase innovation in education, learning and training at the Trust.
The morning plenary session was launched by Caroline Fertleman, who is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Hospital, as well as the UCL site Sub-Dean. Caroline introduced Ian Probert, novelist and father of a recent adolescent patient, who talked eloquently and emotionally about the experience of the recent illness of his daughter. UCL Medical students, who had recently completed the iBSc in Paediatrics and Child Health, Urvi Patel and Alex Harvey then read moving patient journeys that are being published in a book due out this year. Urvi read out Ashoka’s story whose mother donated a kidney to her and Alex read out Wendy’s journey whose child was born with Treacher Collins syndrome.
It was then time for role play, with final year students Dev Chatterjee and Ciaran Megoran taking method acting to new extremes, playing medical students (themselves) who overhear a teenage patient with asthma talking about why her smoking cessation consultation had failed to change her habit.
The general theme of the conference concerned integrated education and this was well illustrated by paediatric trainee Kate Birley, who described a teaching initiative bringing together medical and pharmacy students for hands-on practical paediatric prescribing. This was evaluated as a success particularly with breaking down the barriers of incorrect pre-conceived negative views and stereotypes.
The afternoon began with Megan Clear-Hill, a 5th year Medical student, describing the exciting UCL pre-hospital care programme. This sees students gaining invaluable insight and experience in a range of settings, including days with ambulance crews, dealing with incidents ranging from cuts and bruises to cardiac arrests. The programme is entirely student run. It was devised by students and is a wonderful example of integrated education. It has been carefully planned to continue through new leadership and uses moodle as a vital education and administrative platform.
The conference concluded with the launch with the Whittington Moodle. The Trusts’ new virtual learning environment will be familiar to UCL Medical students and the introduction of it for NHS staff will ensure continuity in e learning for Medical Students moving to the Foundation Programme with Whittington Health.
During the conference the visiting artist Lance Bell “live-scribed” the event. Lance improvised cartoons to illustrate some of the educational innovations being presented.
Richard Peacock Librarian, Whittington Health Library
Caroline Fertleman Consultant Paediatrician, UCL Site Sub-Dean