Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals is a 767-bed acute hospital situated on the Fylde Coast. It operates within a regional health economy catchment area that spans Lancashire and South Cumbria, supporting a population of 1.6 million.
The Trust is a provider of specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology services across this region.

The Trust also provides a wide range of community health services to half a million residents of Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and North Lancashire.

Culturally, the Trust is a friendly and forward-thinking place to work that encourages innovation at all levels. Its values include:

  • Positive: having a ‘can do’ response, whatever the situation
  • Compassion: always demonstrating that they care
  • People-Centred: serving people is the focus of everything they do
  • Excellence: continually striving to provide the best care possible

At Blackpool, the Medical Education team prides itself on the friendly and supporting learning environment they create as well as the first rate quality of teaching they provide.

Welcome to Blackpool

  • Placement opportunities

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    • Varied teaching programme
    • Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre
    • General Practice placements (easily commutable)
    • One of the busiest emergency departments in the country
    • Tertiary Cardiac Centre
  • Clinical skills provision

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    • Purpose built clinical skills and simulation centre
    • Identified as outstanding by the University in its 2016 Quality Assurance Visit
    • Offers open access Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm to its learning zone, which also has Zappa App forms available
    • Provides a dedicated simulation program for fourth year medical students focusing on A to E, managing an unwell/deteriorating patient and human factors.
    • Provides a bespoke simulation programme for fifth year students designed to prepare students for their foundation year 
  • What's unique?

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    • Accommodation situated close to the hospital  
    • High student to consultant ratio
    • Fantastic facilities, including 24/7 library and an education centre  
    • Outstanding Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre
    • Excellent pastoral support for students
    • 100% LOCAS pass rate
    • Out of hours teaching programme
    • Foundation year bedside teaching programme  

    The Blackpool Medical Society:

    The Medical Society makes Blackpool unique. It was established in 2011 to bring a sense of community for the students who study here. It is led by fifth years and holds regular meetings to discuss new ideas for social events. All students are welcome to attend the meetings and contribute their ideas.

    In 2016 the following events were organised:

    • Trip to Blackpool Zoo
    • Trip to Manchester Christmas markets
    • Blackpool Christmas markets
    • Christmas pantomime

    In 2017 the Medical Society have organised:

    • Student “Bake Off”
    • Take out/Movie Nights
    • Yoga Sessions
  • Student testimonials

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    "Don’t be put off by the location. The teaching is the best I have ever had! All ward staff are keen to have you there and to teach. They always made me feel part of the team."

    "I don't think there is a better option for 4th year than Blackpool. There was no stress, the extra time meant we could still have a social life, and I felt confident for exams and great to get to know so many people so well."

    "The teaching is amazing, just what you need for finals."

    "Blackpool is the friendliest hospital I have ever been in. All the staff are helpful. The wards expect you and include you into their team."

    Blackpool asked its placement students to describe their experience in one word. Here’s what they said:

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    • Friendly
    • Fantastic