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Medical Education

Who are we? Where can you find us? How to contact us?

Our department is responsible for undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education for medical students, (junior) doctors in training and senior/career doctors within our Trust.

Medical Education is led by a number of consultants within our trust, a strong team of teachers and experienced and well qualified support staff.  Their roles and responsibilities include faculty development and support (including training the trainers) as well as organisation of undergraduate and postgraduate education.

We have strong links with the University of Newcastle for medical students on placement, the Base Units of the Tees and Wear within our Medical School, other Trusts within the Northern Region for specialty rotations and Health Education England - North East (HEE NE), formerly Northern Deanery, in Newcastle with the support of the Postgraduate Dean. We have a number of objectives.  These include: -

  • To continue to improve the education of medical students within our Trust and to increase the number of medical students we take from the Wear and Tees Base Units, as well as to encourage these students to apply for junior doctor posts within our hospitals.
  • To make sure that our Foundation Doctors are well trained and have a varied and happy experience in the two years of Foundation Programmes across our main hospital sites.  We hope to give our Foundation Doctors a variety of experiences in different specialties, in conjunction with opportunities within our general practices in County Durham and Darlington and our partners in the Mental Health Trusts.
  • To develop high quality basic and higher specialty training rotations across our Trust, in the hope that the education and training we provide for our trainees and trainers will improve the quality of care that we as a Trust provide for our patients, and to give all our junior doctors the experience they require to progress in their careers.
  • To encourage and sustain medical education as part of the multi-disciplinary education/learning department within our Trust, and we will actively encourage multi-professional training events, experiences and courses within our Trust, so that all professionals who support patient care will work together as a team to improve the quality of care we provide for our patients.

Where can you find us?

The Medical Education Team is located across three sites including, Bishop Auckland Hospital, Prospect House and Darlington Memorial Hospital.

At Bishop Auckland Hospital the Medical Education Team can be located within the Clinical Simulation Centre (old ward 5) on the Ground Floor of the hospital.

Bishop Hospital

  • Bishop Auckland Hospital, Cockton Hill Rd, Bishop Auckland DL14 6AD

Prospect House is a separate building, a short walk away from the University Hospital of North Durham, whereby the hospital's library is located and training takes place. Medical Education are based in the offices on the first floor of the building.

Prospect House

  • Prospect House, Aykley Heads, Durham DH1 5AN

Within Darlington Memorial Hospital the Medical Education Team is located on the Ground Floor of the hospital in the Medical Education Centre near to the lifts.

Darlington Memorial Hospital

  • Darlington Memorial Hospital, Hollyhurst Rd, Darlington DL3 6HX


Medical Education Organisational Structure

Medical Education Organisational Structure

'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we have this service at all and well done to you all.'

Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley Bridge Community Hospital