Trust welcomes first intake of Ulster University Medical Students

9th August 2023

The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust is delighted to welcome, for the first time, students from Ulster University’s Graduate Entry School of Medicine.

This is an exciting step forward in healthcare education and training, as it opens doors for medical professionals to gain invaluable experience within the Trust.  With the expansion of our teaching faculty including simulation, SAS teaching fellows and new roles in educational managements and leadership, the Ulster Hospital is regarded as one of the top ten teaching hospitals in the United Kingdom.

Medical students from Ulster University’s School of Medicine will have the opportunity to involve themselves in the diverse and dynamic healthcare environment offered by the Trust.  They will be able to access a wide range of medical specialties, providing them with hands-on learning experiences that are crucial for their future careers.

Welcoming the new students to the Trust, Consultant Nephrologist and Sub Dean for Queen’s University Belfast & Ulster University, Niall Leonard said, “We are thrilled to welcome the medical students from Ulster University into our healthcare family.  The Trust has a commitment to foster the next generation of medical professionals and ensure they receive the practical training required to excel in their roles.

“We are confident that this collaboration with Ulster University will not only benefit the students, but also contribute to the enhancement of patient care within our Trust.”

Medical Student Jennifer Dorey who has joined the Trust on the programme commented, “This is a really exciting programme, I am looking forward to being immersed in the whole learning experience.  With placements in both surgery and medicine, hopefully I will be able to gain some knowledge in the theatre environment and assist with medicine on the ward rounds.

“This placement will also allow us to integrate with the health care teams in the hospital setting and to use all the knowledge learned over the past two years, along with the experience on placement to maximise the learning and benefits of the programme.”

The Ulster University Graduate Entry School of Medicine programme is renowned for its innovative approach to medical education, emphasising clinical experience and patient-centred care. This aligns with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust’s mission to provide high-quality, compassionate healthcare services to the local community.

Explaining the benefits that the new programme will bring to Health & Social Care in Northern Ireland, Director of Education & Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, Ulster University, Dr Patricia Harris added, “Ulster University is delighted that as students start the third year of the four year programme of study, they are entering placements in all Health and Social Care Trusts across Northern Ireland, alongside a large number of GP practices.

“This partnership enables our students to experience work in all Trusts as they continue to work towards their medical qualification. They are now only two years from entering our workforce as qualified Doctors, helping to ease the unprecedented medical workforce pressures in Northern Ireland.”

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and Ulster University are both enthusiastic about the positive impact this new programme will have on medical education, patient care, and the healthcare landscape as a whole.