Medical students wear scrubs on hospital ward
Medicine students Eve Richings and Anna Robinson

Future health professionals have arrived on site at West Lancashire’s adult community services to learn from the experts as part of their medical degree. 

First year students from Edge Hill University’s Medical School will be spending time with teams in the local services run by Virgin Care, on behalf of NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, over the coming academic year. 

Professor Paola Dey, Head of Undergraduate Medicine at Edge Hill, said: “Training in a real-world environment plays a crucial part in our students’ development. It provides them with an opportunity to put their knowledge into practice but, most importantly, to engage with the exceptionally diverse range of patient and service users in our community. 

“The Medical School has a strong focus on developing a new generation of doctors who understand the needs of the local communities and can respond to, and drive forward, new models of care. 

“Our partnership with Virgin Care serves an important role in our mission to offer exceptionally diverse placements for our students during their time with us.” 

The students will learn about what it’s like to work across a wealth of disciplines including district nursing, specialist nursing, therapy, urgent community response roles and urgent care. 

Eve Richings and Anna Robinson spent their first day with the urgent care team at West Lancashire Urgent Treatment Centre. 

Eve said: “It’s great to see how the services work in an everyday context. It’s exciting to see them in practice and it motivates you to get back and want to study.” 

Anna added: “It’s interesting to see how each member of the team works, from the doctors to the health care assistants. The first day was really informative and I’m really looking forward to the year ahead.” 

Michelle Lee, Managing Director of Virgin Care in Lancashire, said: “We are delighted to be able to give students from Edge Hill the opportunity to observe and work alongside us. It’s wonderful to be able to play a role in nurturing, educating and inspiring the next generation of health professionals and I hope they have an amazing experience over the next year.” 

Edge Hill’s Medical School has been training much-needed additional doctors for the North West since 2020. The school offers state-of-the-art facilities housed in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre (CSSC), including a simulation suite and clinical skills labs.