Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool provides acute and ongoing healthcare to approximately 350,000 people in North Merseyside and the surrounding areas. Despite its large size, it has a reputation for being amongst the most welcoming hospitals for students and employees.

Aintree hosts a wide variety of medical and surgical specialties and students on placement here have the opportunity to see patients with a broad range of symptoms and signs.

The hospital also boasts excellent facilities for investigations, including an endoscopy unit and radiology department. Aintree is also a major trauma centre (with helipad) and provides regional specialist services in several areas of respiratory medicine, rheumatology, maxillofacial surgery, liver surgery and trauma- all of which carry national reputations.

Aintree Hospital's new £1million helipad

    Placements opportunities

    Medical students at Aintree benefit from Consultant year leads, enabling more direct supervision and planning of organised teaching for each year.

    Second year

    Aintree guide trainee doctors through their first clinical placements with a named tutor who they meet during each hospital week. This Consultant provides clinical teaching as well as a link for pastoral support, and a role model for the developing doctors.

    Each hospital week is based in a clinical specialty and students experience a range of medical and surgical environments, gaining experience in both inpatient and outpatient management.

    Dedicated sessions for observed clinical examinations and oral case presentations are included in student timetables.

    Face-to-face feedback meetings with students share good practice and areas for development, allowing placements to be adapted to the changing needs of learners.

    Third year

    Third year students carry out six and eight week rotations in Surgery and Medicine respectively. This is a time to develop an understanding of working in teams and is the student’s first exposure to hospital practice over a continuous long period.

    Students are exposed to a wide range of learning activities enabling the development of curriculum skills and clinical examination, as well as acquiring detailed clinical knowledge.

    There is the opportunity to work with multidisciplinary teams such as with specialist nurses, pharmacists and international collaborative research teams in acute specialties such as Cardiology. Students can also benefit from further development in areas such as clinical projects and intercalated research.

    Fourth year

    The fourth year helps students to prepare for final examinations at the end of the academic year. There is a robust teaching programme in the individual specialities in line with the School of Medicine’s curriculum. This consists of dedicated teaching sessions along with hands-on ward and bedside teaching. There is also the provision for extra sessions in areas in where students feel they would benefit from more experience.

    Feedback is actively encouraged and acted upon and there are robust support systems in place to help students who are having any difficulties during the course of the year.

    Fifth year

    Fifth year students are supported by a unique programme designed to bridge the gap between School of Medicine finals in the fourth year and the beginning of clinical practice as an FY1. No other hospital in the region offers anything as extensive.

    There is weekly consultant-led half day protected teaching on subjects ranging from how to prescribe antibiotics, to trauma, and how to manage an airway. Each topic has been carefully chosen to build confidence and allow a seamless transition to FY1.

    Additionally, there are various opportunities for simulation-based teaching. The local Centre for Simulation and Patient Safety is now part of Aintree University Hospital, allowing the provision of more simulation training for students. The hospital has developed a ‘Carry the Bleep’ simulation course, allowing students to experience a simulated ‘on call’ day with a live bleep.

    The teaching programme at Aintree is constantly updated and developed to reflect student needs and feedback.

    Clinical skills provision

    Aintree promote multidisciplinary and inter-professional education and skills training of proven clinical efficacy. The department includes an on-site Centre for Simulation & Patient Safety featuring two dedicated lecture theatres, fully functioning clinical skills suites, and multiple simulation rooms.

    The Aintree Clinical Education Team is dedicated to providing students with a state of the art medical education using dynamic teaching tools, interactive experience & immersive types of teaching. Clinical Education aims to:

    • Engender a culture of excellence in practical clinical skills
    • Develop the range and expertise of Aintree staff
    • Ensure appropriate application of clinical evidence through linking theory to practice
    • Develop and encourage multidisciplinary working and an appreciation of the role and expertise of other professions
    • Raise awareness of health and safety and human factors
    What's unique?

    The Undergraduate Team at Aintree are open and responsive to changes which improve the student experience. Practices are in place to ensure every medical student achieves their learning outcomes and enjoys their time at Aintree, including:

    • Bedside teaching tailored to student needs/requests
    • Named Clinical Skills Lead/Consultant Clinical Lead for each student year
    • Year Tutors for each second year medical student group
    • Fifth year protected teaching and ‘Carry the Bleep Day’
    • Three sessions per week on clinical teaching/bedside teaching from Consultant for third and fourth year students
    • Therapeutics teaching sessions provided by the Education Pharmacist, Consultant Clinical Pharmacologist and Specialist Pharmacists at Aintree for third and fourth year students
    • Excellent transport links- 15 minutes from Liverpool by train
    • Dedicated student facilities, including free tea and coffee
    • Dining facilities, including noodle/hot wraps bar
    • Centre of Excellence for numerous clinical specialties, such as MFU/Urology/ENT/Trauma