Patients join our University in enhancing medical training

An innovative initiative that aims to put the real-life experiences of local patients at the heart of medical education is to be launched this month.

Our University's Medical School is formally launching a patient participation group known as ‘The Patient and Carers Group’ on 17 May. The launch comes as the Group makes an appeal for new members to make a positive impact on the way medical students learn.

The Patient and Carer Group aims to form a bridge between theory and practice, and working in partnership with students, academics and clinical teachers it will draw on the Group’s experiences of today’s health and social care systems, informing teaching to improve the quality of patient care.

The intention is that the Patient and Carer Group will grow over time into a diverse group of patients who represent the many groups within Leicester and with whom students will learn preparation for their work as qualified doctors.

The initiative enhances work already taking place in the Medical School and the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology to work more closely with local healthcare providers. It will also form a cornerstone of a brand new medical curriculum that will radically improve the patient experience by delivering safe and compassionate care. The University aims to completely overturn accepted wisdom about medical education by putting patients at the heart of practice.