As defined by the World Health Organisation, ‘social accountability is the obligation of medical and other health professional schools to orient education, research and service activities towards addressing the priority health needs of the community, region, and/or nation they have a mandate to serve - where priorities are jointly defined by government, health service organisations, the public and especially the underserved’ (WHO, 1995).
In October 2014, the Sheffield Faculty for Medicine, Dentistry and Health’s Executive Board backed a proposal to adopt social accountability as a long-term, sustainable faculty-wide commitment.
A programme of work is now underway across the Faculty to support this vision led by Professor Deborah Murdoch-Eaton (Academic Unit of Medical Education) and Professor Elizabeth Goyder (ScHARR) and managed by Charlotte Watson, MDH Faculty Social Accountability Project Manager with support from a project steering group.
In recognition of this important work, the Vice Chancellor has provided funding for another three years to further expand and embed the project within the university, community and beyond.
Integrated Patient Safety Curriculum
Patient Safety is a national and international priority for healthcare. The curriculum integrates the key knowledge skills and values required for patient safety including, opportunities to develop quality improvement and leadership skills.
Preparedness for practice- WISE project
Starting in May this year we are introducing a new project for our final year medical students. The programme is called WISE (Ward Intensive Simulated Experience)and aims to enhance our student’s preparation for practice, and bridge the gap from assistantship to the first year of the foundation programme (F1 post).
A group of 3 students (per half day) will be responsible for the clinical work in a simulated ward environment. After initial briefing the students will attend a ward handover and be allocated tasks for the morning/ afternoon. The ward will be staffed by nurses and will include members of the Patients as Educators programme acting as in patients, with a variety of different scenarios for the students to work with.
As well as completing the allocated tasks, students will be bleeped or called on the telephone, deal with routine and urgent admin tasks, attend a patient whose condition suddenly deteriorates, contact a supervising doctor for advice, and a series of other challenging situations. At the end of the shift, they will handover to the morning/afternoon team. At the end of the session the students will come together for a debrief and discussion.
For more information on the WISE project, please contact Martin Hague.