The Graduate School, Faculty of Medical Sciences won the Education Excellence Award for the Patient Pathways Workshop event. These awards reward individuals and teams who make a marked impact on enhancing the student learning experience. The workshop event sees proactive roles for patients in the teaching of Clinical Scientists as they share personal experiences of their pathway from discovering the first signs of head and neck cancer through diagnosis, treatment and subsequent after care with small groups of trainee Clinical Scientists. The panel found the project very moving with an excellent ethos and transformational impact for all people involved. The student experience is enhanced significantly through experiencing the patient stories, with a clear impact on practice in the NHS. The panel thought the project to be very innovative, were impressed by the co-design of the workshop, and feel this work should be championed across the Faculty and wider institution. The resilience shown by the continuation of the workshop during the pandemic was commendable.
Dr Chris Eggett, Degree Programme Director said:
I’m delighted and honoured to receive this award on behalf of the delivery team for our Patient Pathway Workshop. The success of this teaching session over the last five years has been due to the superb contributions from a broad team of enthusiasts. Local patients are key members of the teaching team working alongside NHS and academic colleagues from Newcastle, London and Liverpool to give our MSc Clinical Science students insight into all aspects of a patient care pathway from diagnosis, through treatment to recovery.