Medical Education

and the Clinical Fellow scheme


establish your credentials as an educator...

All our Clinical Fellows teach.... medical students, junior doctors, nurses, visiting paramedics, trainee ANPs/APPs and SAR winchmen.

But there’s more to it that that. For the post-ACCS trainee with an interest in Medical Education, we can offer a host of opportunities to spread your MedEd wings, with twice as much Personal Development Activity time as our other Clinical Fellow posts (50% instead of the usual 23%) - and if you are staying for 12 months and starting in August, your £5000/year study leave budget is enough to fund a PGCertMedEd if you want to do it (NB - assuming eligibel for UK/EU student fee levels!).

Up to two Fellows can do the Bangor University course which has some contact days undertaken in MedEd sessions, any number above two we have to put onto a 100% distance learning course, usually the one from Cardiff University, or the rota takes too much of a battering on contact days!

If you can’t make up your mind about whether to be a PHEM or MedEd fellow, you can mix ‘n’ match - or, stay for a second year to do the other one! 

  1.    Undergraduate teaching & simulation scholarship (Cardiff students, main curriculum)

We have a thriving undergraduate programme, hosting both 3rd and final year medical students from Cardiff University.

Our MedEd Fellows host these students on the shop floor, usually in dedicated MedEd shifts which are supernumerary to service requirements... popular with students & MedEd Fellows alike! The MedEd Fellows also facilitate “MyPractice” PBL sessions, and are introduced to running simulation for the students.

Supporting UG teaching is considered a core activity that is the underpinning of the MedEd Clinical Fellow posts.

For other MedEd activities available, you can take your pick from:

  1.    Mentoring elective & SSC students

As well as the Cardiff students timetabled to rotate to Bangor, we have a thriving Elective programme, which is often booked up more than a year in advance for students doing longer Electives & SSCs in our ED.

Our MedEd Fellows have the option of mentoring these super-keen students, in conjunction with experienced consultant supervisors... for those with a project to undertake, this often ends up with second authorship on a conference poster!

  1.     Working with ORMS

Outreach Rescue & Medic Skills (ORMS) provide Search & Rescue medical training to UK providers such as Bristow SAR and various other helicopter services. They take helicopter rear crew and take them from basic first aid to full blown, HCPC-registered paramedics, in conjunction with selected medical placements.

We know ORMS well, and Clinical Fellows can, if they wish, spend some MedEd time assisting on ORMS courses as Junior Faculty. Any teaching session is supervised by a full faculty member and the ORMS instructors - qualified educationalists themselves - provide written feedback on sessions taught by Clinical Fellows.

As an added carrot, Clinical Fellows who teach for ORMS during their time in Bangor are eligible to have their name put in the hat for an expenses-paid working holiday if there’s space for an additional Faculty member when ORMS visits their clients abroad.

Finally, Clinical Fellows who undertake teaching for ORMS are allowed to access the Outreach HART-type technical rescue training courses (e.g. rope rescue, confined space rescue) free of charge.

  1.     Supporting paramedic & nurse trainee Advanced Practitioners

Both the health Board in North Wales (BCUHB), Welsh Ambulance & EMRTS Cymru are up-skilling some of their nurses & paramedics towards Advanced Practice roles, which involve an MSc and supervised clinical placements.

Hosting & mentoring these advanced trainees is a very popular activity with all of our Clinical Fellows.

  1.     Supporting Paramedics

Our Clinical fellows (both PHEM and MedEd types!) often like to teach paramedics, with two key activities being organizing and running regional CPD events (we’ll show you how!) with Fellows being the main speakers, and if there is sufficient interest in the group, we can easily reconvene Case Discussion Groups for paramedics.

  1.     and last but not least... other ED staff!

Ongoing clinical education for all our staff, nursing and medical and Professions Allied to Medicine, is very important to us and our MedEd fellow are an integral part of delivering and developing this education.