Student Selected Components
Student Selected Components (SSC) - Community Orientated Teaching
The department’s community based teaching has developed over the past decade in response to a shift towards community orientated medical education and the recommendations of the GMC (Tomorrow's Doctors 1993).
We currently provide Student Selected Modules for Year 1, Transitional Year 5 and Year 5 medical students. These courses provide students with opportunities and experiences that help them to:
• Understand the complex factors that affect individuals’ health and support needs
• Increase their knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of community based services (statutory and voluntary), and develop their understanding of how these services contribute to the health and well-being of service users
• Offer a sensitive and resourceful response to people's needs, both in hospital and in the community.
We are fortunate in having long established relationships with a range of community and hospital services, which provide excellent experiences for the students:
• Skills @28b (a support service for people with drug related problems)
• North Camden Drug Service (The Margarete Centre)
• New Horizon Youth Centre
• Refugee Council ‘One Stop’ Service
• Field Lane Supported Housing Service: Andrew Provan House
• Wytham Hall (a residential care service for homeless people with medical psychiatric needs)
• Diabetes Specialist Nurses (Whittington Hospital)
• Mildmay Mission Hospital (an HIV/AIDS support service)
• Retired and Senior Volunteers Programme (Community Service Volunteers)
• Great Croft Day Centre (Age Concern Camden)
• Oremi (a mental health support service for African and Caribbean people)
• Social Workers
• Sheltered Housing Services (Camden Council)
• Health E1 (A medical centre for the homeless)
Year 1 SSC - “Who Cares?”
What do students do?
The SSC takes place over a 16-week period on one afternoon per week (Wednesdays or Thursdays). During this time students participate in classroom-based tutorial sessions, community visits and preparation/presentation of assignment work.
The SSC is presented in four modules, which students undertake in pairs:
• Alcohol and Drug Misuse
• Living with Long Term Conditions
• Homelessness and Health
• Working with Vulnerable Individuals
For their joint assignment work they design relevant health education resources (e.g. leaflets, posters, booklets) for specific population groups.
What past students said they gained from the SSC
Enjoyed the most ….
“ Learning about care in the community and the role of social services in the care of the public. Very eye opening at times to learn the public’s perception of current doctors and the NHS.”
“ Having contact with people who are often at society’s margins and vilified enabled us to realise our prejudices.”
“ It taught me skills and ideas far more than I expected. Exposure to clients/patients was very good experience as it made me not only learn about other people but discover my own beliefs.”
Learnt from designing an information resource……
“ It gave us a chance to order and consolidate what we had learnt about these services. It also gave us a specific example to ask questions about on visits. I learnt a lot about the Bengali community and about interactions between health and social services.”
“ Importance of teamwork, research, critical analysis and evaluating data.”
How to join the course
This course runs in the MBBS first year in Blocks 1 and 2. To join the course students should go to the medical school website:
Details for 2013/14 will be posted by the medical school across the Summer months.
Year 5 SSC: Substance Misuse: A Community Perspective
This Student Selected Module provides an opportunity for students to explore and understand the social and health factors associated with drug and alcohol misuse, and to develop skills in working effectively with people who have substance misuse problems. The SSC takes place over a four week block and is taught via a partnership with North Camden Drug Service (Response), which is part of Camden & Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust.
The majority of students’ time is spent in clinical or community placements, where they observe and participate in the delivery of health and social support services for people with alcohol or drug related problems.
Comments from previous students
What did you enjoy most about this SSC? “All of it!”
“Very good SSC – would recommend it.”
How to join the course
This course runs in the MBBS final year in Blocks 1 and 2. Students can join the course via the Medical School.
Final Year SSC: Living With Long Term Conditions
This Module (SSC) provides opportunities for students to explore and understand the experience of living with long term conditions, and to develop skills in working effectively with people who have long term health & social support needs. The SSC takes place over a four week block and is taught via a partnership with Mildmay Mission Hospital, based near Liverpool Street. The Mildmay is an HIV/AIDS Centre that offers a range of clinical, respite and day care services to people living with HIV.
The majority of students’ time is spent in clinical or community placements, where they observe and participate in the delivery of health and social support services for people with a range of long term conditions.
Comments from previous students
“I would definitely recommend this SSC to other medical students. I have gained valuable experience which will hopefully help me to be a better doctor.”
“Mildmay taught me a lot about working as a multi-disciplinary team and the community project taught me about considering all parts of health when treating patients.”
For more information about our community orientated teaching contact:
Shirley Cupit, Senior Teaching Fellow
Emily Pople, E-mail: email@example.com