Virtual visit sees education provision highly commended

An annual visit to assess the education provision has resulted in a ‘highly commended’ rating.

The medical training was praised after an inspection recently.North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust was visited, albeit virtually by Newcastle Medical School and the Northern Foundation School to monitor the quality of both the undergraduate and the foundation programme delivered to medics in the trust.

In spite of the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Dolan Basu, Director of Medical Education was delighted to receive news of the accolade, she said “our trust works exceptionally hard to provide ongoing education for our colleagues during their time with us. We are always delighted to receive encouraging feedback about their experiences with North Tees and Hartlepool – and now amid a period of real difficulty for the NHS we receive the news we have been highly commended – it is testament to everyone involved”.

Mr Kaye Adeboye, clinical quality lead for the organisation also praised the achievement “it’s exceptionally pleasing to note that the undergraduate team were recognised for their strong leadership, dedication and commitment to the delivery of education, whilst ensuring that education opportunities for medical student and foundation trainees were maximised. All this amid a world health pandemic is really fantastic”.

Other highlights for North Tees and Hartlepool included:

  • The undergraduate team providing a continued safe working environment for medical students; all students have been provided with lateral flow testing kits (to ensure regular COVID-19 testing) and also been offered the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The effective delivery of remote teaching and learning for medical students was highlighted.
  • The foundation team were congratulated on the provision of safe and successful inductions of trainees.
  • The Trust was also highly commended for being pro-active and innovative in the promotion of trainee wellbeing provision including newly re-furbished rest facilities such as doctor’s mess, rest areas, re-charge hub and the Listening in Action app – an online platform for trainees to contribute to ongoing wellbeing recommendations for the trust.

Dr Basu said: “A particular highlight of the visit was the Trust Paediatric department being celebrated for improving patient safety with their clinical handover model. The model has been so successful; Alder Hay Children’s Hospital are adopting the handover model for their hospital”.

The Joint School visit panel concluded “The education team at North Tees and Hartlepool is a small team but very effective, hitting above its weight”.

Julie Gillon, Chief Executive for the organisation said “we are delighted, but not shocked that our education team should receive such recognition. Their work sets us apart as an excellent centre to learn and train – and I am sure this will help with the recruitment of future trainee doctors to support the ambitions of health care across Teesside”.


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