NHS Big Tea

In honour of last year’s success in the NHS Big 70 Tea, we are continuing to celebrate the great work NHS staff do buy raising a cuppa (and cake) to them. Throughout the week of the 1st July, I’ll be going round each of the Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals with a stand of donate baked goods to give out to staff and suggest donations to any patients who might like a cake. On the 5th July, I will be in RLH by the Stepney Way entrance with a table. If you would like to be involved then please contact eloise.heap@bartscharity.org.uk

Cardiothoracic Placement Opportunity

Placements are available at James Cook Hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary and Papworth Hospital with support from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) and Vascutek. We are offering a small number of senior medical students at UK universities the opportunity to work under the supervision of Consultant Surgeons Mr Jonathan Ferguson (James Cook), Mr Douglas West (Bristol) and Mr Aman Coonar (Papworth). The placements offer students supervised time in the operating theatre and the opportunity to shadow the day-to-day activities of trainees, consultants and allied clinicians and professionals in the Cardiothoracic department.
The placements will be available at different times within a one year period from July 2019 to June 2020. The next closing date for applications is 12noon on Friday 14 June 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by no later than Monday 8 July 2019.
Successful applicants will stay in the hospital residences of their selected hospital. This provides basic hospital accommodation with local supermarkets nearby. The cost of the accommodation and one return journey to and from the assigned hospital will be covered by a small grant from the College up to the value of £300 per student. Students will be required to produce receipts for their accommodation and travel.
If you would like to apply please download the application form from our website here or contact outreach@rcsed.ac.uk<mailto:outreach@rcsed.ac.uk>.


Free Massages as Part of Study Well

As part of Study Well, we have free massages going on in the Recovery Room on the 29th May from 1-4pm. It’s just a drop in so feel free to pop along whenever you fancy – no prior sign up required! You can also pick up some Study Well tote bags from the BLSA reception and information on who to go to for welfare support is in them. For more information, have a look at qmsu.org/studywell


Would you be interested in teaching science activities to young people between the ages of 12 and 16?

 Between 6th June and 17th July, MCS Projects will be holding sixteen Science and Technology Days and Medical Careers Days across the South of England. Each event is designed to give young people an insight into some of the work they could study at University. You would be teaching activities such as medical diagnostics and vehicle building. Notes / guidance would be provided beforehand. 

 Staff are paid £65 plus travel expenses per event. 

 If you are interested, please email your C.V to john.waterworth@mcsprojectsltd.co.ukby Wednesday 29thMay. You should have good communication skills with young people. Our website is www.mcsprojectsltd.co.uk





Paid Public Health Research Opportunity

Tower Hamlets Public Health department are currently looking for 2-3 students to become paid community researchers (£15 ph). The community researchers will collect insights from Tower Hamlets residents that will be used in local Public Health work. This is a great opportunity for students to be involved in Public Health work and contribute to the health of the borough. We are looking for students who are from Tower Hamlets, can commit to being a researcher for  3-6 months and are passionate about community research and understand the importance of reaching out into their informal networks to ensure we include voices that are seldom heard as part of any formal consultation/ engagement attempts by the local authority. If you are interested please contact m.clinch@qmul.ac.uk.

Widening Participation Focus Groups

Dear all

 I write on behalf of London Medicine, which represents the five medical schools in London, who are seeking to better understand the experiences of individuals from under-represented groups when they attend medical school. The phrase ‘under-represented groups’ can mean different things to different people, but you could consider yourself from this group if:


·         You are the first in your family to attend university

·         You are from a BAME background

·         You are from an under-represented group not specified above


If you consider yourself to be part of this group, please read on to find out how you can participate in this research.


We now want to explore the experiences of students from under-represented backgrounds once they are at medical school. If you feel that you fit this criteria, i.e. you fall into one or more of the categories above, we would love to hear from you.


We will be holding focus group sessions throughout May 2019. If you would be happy to take part in one of these sessions, or alternatively in a 1:1 conversation/phonecall with myself or a colleague, please fill out your details in the grid below and send your reply to me at Nicola.berkley@londonhigher.ac.uk . Refreshments will be provided and we will reimburse your travel expenses. Also, as a thank you for your time you will be given a £25 Amazon voucher following your attendance. 




Course of study

Your current year of study

Briefly state how you fit the criteria for this project e.g. first in family to attend HE, BAME background, member of under-represented group


Email address

Session, Venue, Availability (delete as applicable)

3-4pm, 15 May London Higher, BMA House, WC1H 9JJ Yes / No

3-4pm, 22 May London Higher, BMA House, WC1H 9JJ Yes / No

3-4pm, 29 May St George’s Medical School, SW17 0RE Yes / No

1:1 discussion or phone call Date and venue tbc Yes / No


Through carrying out this research we hope to find out more on the challenges facing different groups of students, to explore how medical schools could best meet the needs of all students, and to share best practice across London’s five medical schools. This will be a large-scale pan-London study, and any reports produced following the focus groups will be fully anonymized. These reports will then be shared with the members of London Medicine, including the Heads of London’s five medical schools, and the findings will be used to drive improvements across London.


London Medicine is a group that consists of the Heads of schools of medicine, dentistry and associated clinical academic institutions in London. We carry out work on the key issues that affect medical schools and their students, and our work includes aspects such as research, organising meetings/workshops and producing reports and policy papers. London Medicine is a division of a larger organisation called London Higher, which represents universities across London.


If you have already registered to take part in one of these focus groups please disregard this email.


I look forward to hearing from you.


Best wishes