Fakenham High School and College; University of Nottingham
Bachelor degree in Medical Sciences; Medical Degree
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Clinical Teaching Fellow
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
I’m a clinical teaching fellow working in Lincolnshire hoping to become a GP in the future
My name is Rob. I graduated with my medical degree from the University of Nottingham just over 2 years ago. I currently live in Grantham with my partner and my kitten (who is called Eddy). In my spare time I like to bake – I renowned at work for the range of baked goods I bring in!
I am originally from North Norfolk where I went to school and lived before I went to University. I hope to move back one day because I miss the sea!
I work as a clinical teaching fellow at hospitals in Lincolnshire. What this means is that I spend 4 days of my week teaching medical students from the Universities of both Nottingham and Leicester when they visit the hospitals for their placements. The other day I work in Lincoln’s Accident and Emergency department.
On the side I am studying for a Masters in Medical Education, and hope that one day I will complete my training to become a GO whilst also working part time in a medical school. I also have a role within the University of Nottingham’s admissions panel where I help with setting out admissions policy and interviews. This is a role I really enjoy and I am hoping to conduct the research project fro my masters looking at reasons why young people from Lincolnshire are less likely to apply to medical schools.
My Typical Day:
My job involves teaching medical students who come to the hospitals I work at for their placements.
My typical day involves arriving at work at about 8am and preparing for the day ahead – printing resources and checking emails – probably very much like your teachers! I then usually teach for half of the day and then the other half of the day I spend preparing for other lessons, dealing with any student issues and working on my Masters.
On my days in A and E I also start at 8, where we have a handover from the night team. this usually takes 20 minutes or sop where we discuss staffing issues, clinical issues and ensure that all patients left int he department have a responsible doctor when the night team go home. We then start seeing patients from the queue – they are put in an order based both on the time they arrived, what age they are, what type of problem they have and how unwell they are based on a nurse’s assessment. Different doctors in the department are assigned different roles depending on these groups and who is there. We tend to just keep working through the patients, dealing with any issues that arise as we are seeing them and then either discharging them or admitting them to a ward. At the end of each patient we have to write a brief letter to their GP before moving on to the next patient.
Spending the Prize Money:
I would use the money to provide a bursary scheme for the Lincoln County Hospital Work Experience and Interview preparation schemes.
I would use the money to provide a bursary scheme for the Lincoln County Hospital Work Experience and Interview preparation schemes so that students from less privileged backgrounds had the opportunity to access these opportunities.
Quick Fire Questions
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Enthusiastic, Caring, Reserved
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I spent 6 weeks at the end of my degree traveling around Tasmania in Australia
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Once, when I was in year 5 for making the computer say a swear word
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Provide comfort to someone after they had been given bad news – it’s not always about saving lives
What or who inspired you to do your job?
My GCSE Biology teacher
If you weren't in healthcare, what job would you do?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Cure my sister’s diabetes, to have blue eyes, To get a job running a medical school in 20 or so years time
Tell us a joke.
What cheese can you use to get a bear out of a cave? Camembert!