Meducate Academy’s Unwavering Commitment to Pharmacists & Physician Associates

Meducate Academy working-alongside-Cliniskills in-Slough

Meducate Academy is making waves in healthcare education, from a successful venture with Physician Associate students at Chester Medical School to expanding collaboration with Cliniskills across multiple locations. Discover the positive impact of our training, empowering healthcare professionals and advancing education as we share insights into our rigorous training programs, specialized sessions for pharmacists, and our pivotal role in supporting the upcoming NHS Pharmacy First directive in 2024.

What an extraordinary month it has been for Meducate Academy and its committed team of Associate Clinical Educators!

The journey commenced with our customary venture to Chester, where we collaborated with the newest cohort of Physician Associate students at Chester Medical School. It’s a momentous occasion as they embark on their two-year educational journey, and engaging with them about the upcoming year is always a highlight.

As the weeks unfolded, we further solidified our partnership with Cliniskills, extending our reach from Preston to Slough, Oxford and Reading. Our teams spent two days at each venue, actively participating in the training of Community Pharmacists, focusing on ENT and basic cardio examinations. The enthusiasm and dedication displayed by our educators in upskilling experienced health professionals were evident, with a robust presence of ten on each team.

A happy team of ACEs delivering quality teaching for our friends at Cliniskills
A delighted team of ACEs, after delivering top-notch teaching sessions for our valued partners at Cliniskills

At Meducate Academy, we take pride in our commitment to excellence, ensuring that only the most experienced ACEs join our ranks. We offer continuous on-the-job training and quarterly sessions, with our upcoming session scheduled in Birmingham on February 10th, fully booked due to overwhelming demand. If you aspire to train with us, be sure to get in touch or stay tuned to our blog for updates.

Responding to the high demand for ACEs in the Pharmacy profession, our training will be tailored to meet their specific needs. Our focus will encompass ENT procedures, manual blood pressure, basic cardio examination techniques, and even some gastrointestinal exams. During the session, we will delve into the CEST model, ensuring our training material aligns perfectly with the requirements.

With the imminent rollout of NHS England’s Pharmacy First directive in 2024, our strong partnership with Cliniskills has proven invaluable. Recognizing the benefits of high-fidelity simulation, they consistently enlist our Associate Clinical Educators for most of their courses. Cliniskills boasts a dynamic and engaging online learning platform alongside in-person training, providing a comprehensive learning experience.

The feedback from these sessions has been overwhelmingly positive, with a community pharmacist expressing how the clinical examination skills learned would empower him to confidently assess common conditions, identify high-risk presentations and red flags, and conduct hands-on examinations for Ear, Nose & Throat and Blood Pressure checks.

As we navigate through this dynamic landscape, Meducate Academy remains dedicated to advancing healthcare education and empowering professionals for the challenges that lie ahead.

Bob teaching 4th year Undergraduate Pharmacy students Cranial Nerves Examination technique at The University of Birmingham
Bob leading an engaging session for fourth-year Undergraduate Pharmacy students at The University of Birmingham

Our commitment to supporting The University of Wolverhampton and The University of Birmingham’s Undergraduate Pharmacy courses remains unwavering. We actively contribute to their programs through sessions focusing on communication and systems examinations.

In a recent endeavour, we conducted a session for fourth-year students at Birmingham, delving into the intricate subject of Cranial Nerves. While navigating the complexities of this topic can be demanding, the students actively engaged with our experienced ACEs, and to our delight, they left the session with smiles on their faces. Achieving such positive outcomes in a challenging area like Cranial Nerves is indeed a commendable feat.

Join us on our journey of advancing healthcare education and empowering professionals for the challenges that lie ahead. Stay updated on our upcoming training sessions and university collaborations by bookmarking and following our blog Associate Clinical Educators.

If you’re a Clinical Lead or Medical Role Player and wish to discuss working with Meducate Academy Ltd., or if you would like us to give you a demonstration and a workshop at your institution.

Please contact: bobspour@meducateacademy.com or on 07870 611850

Empowering Medical Education: Meducate Academy’s 2023 Achievements

Celebrating a dynamic year marked by unprecedented success for Meducate Academy, our journey unfolds with dedicated professionals actively sharing expertise with diverse students, from Physician Associates to Pharmacists. At the heart of our triumphs lies The Pharmacy Show, a pinnacle event in the pharmaceutical landscape, propelling us to be educational partners once again in 2024. Our impactful Consultation and Clinical Skills Workshops, collaborations with esteemed institutions, and a partnership with Cliniskills underscore our commitment to upskilling Pharmacists. As we bid farewell to 2023, stay tuned for undisclosed projects set to revolutionize Pharmacy in 2024. Join us on this empowering journey, and let’s make 2024 another year of triumph and excellence in medical education. Read on…

It has been an exceptionally dynamic period for Meducate Academy, marking our busiest year to date. The thriving momentum is not only a cause for celebration within the company but also for the dedicated professionals collaborating with us. Over the past months, our experts have been actively sharing their wealth of knowledge with a diverse group of students, ranging from Physician Associates, Nurses, and Medical Students to recently added Pharmacists.

In the context of our recent endeavours, it is noteworthy to highlight the resounding success we experienced at The Pharmacy Show held at the NEC. The positive response was so overwhelming that we have been invited to be educational partners once again in 2024, with an even larger venue for our Practical, Clinical, and Consultation Forum. This time, the forum unfolded in a 30-seater theatre space right in the heart of the NEC, as captured in the attached video.

Meducate Academy Teaching at The Pharmacy Show 2023 at the NEC BirminghamThe Pharmacy Show, held at the NEC Birmingham is a hallmark event in the pharmaceutical landscape and has become a resounding success for us, prompting our invitation to serve as educational partners once again in 2024. The overwhelming response has necessitated a move to an even grander venue to accommodate our expanding Practical, Clinical, and Consultation Forum.

In the previous edition, our Forum unfolded within the dynamic ambience of a 30-seater theatre nestled at the heart of the NEC, as vividly captured in the attached video. The success of this endeavour has propelled us to secure an even larger space for the upcoming event, ensuring an immersive and enriching experience for all participants.

Speaking of success, our significant achievements at The Pharmacy Show underscore its position as the UK’s foremost provider of education and communication for community pharmacists. Boasting a legacy of over 40 years, The Pharmacy Show is synonymous with industry excellence and is celebrated for its influential publications such as Pharmacy Magazine, Training Matters, P3Pharmacy, Independent Community Pharmacists, and Counterintelligence Plus.

Notably, The Pharmacy Show extends its reach into the digital realm through The Pharmacy Network (TPN), a robust platform with a staggering 100,000 registered individuals. Participating in this show is not just a presence; it is a testament to the honour bestowed upon us as contributors to a community that values knowledge dissemination and professional development. As we gear up for the 2024 edition, the prospect of engaging with a broader audience and contributing to the growth of the pharmaceutical landscape fills us with anticipation and pride.

Our Consultation and Clinical Skills Workshops garnered immense interest, with some sessions even selling out. The feedback received from participants was outstanding, leading to invitations to conduct workshops at the BPSA Eastern Region conference at Nottingham University, where student feedback was similarly commendable.

A notable attendee at The Pharmacy Show was Ruth Edwards, the Head of the Pharmacy School, with whom we have established a working relationship at Wolverhampton University School of Pharmacy. This collaboration extends to assisting in their Undergraduate program and contributing to their OSCEs in the upcoming year.

Our involvement in Clinical and Consultation skills training aligns with the recent government directive mandating the upskilling of Pharmacists from 2024 onward. This initiative has already commenced at the University of Birmingham and Wolverhampton University, and we are enthusiastic about sustaining these relationships into the future.

A significant project on our agenda involves a partnership with Cliniskills, providing Clinical Examination Skills Training for Community Pharmacists. This fully funded, free-to-access resource, tailored for community pharmacists, aims to enhance their ability to assess patients, treat common conditions, and identify high-risk presentations. The positive reception at venues in Birmingham and Bristol has us eagerly anticipating future sessions in Manchester and Slough.

A substantial portion of our work involves collaboration with Physician Associates at Chester University, led by James Ennis. The continuous growth of our relationship with students is a testament to the dedication of the teaching team, which remained unwavering even throughout the challenges posed by the pandemic.

The last Physician Associate cohort at The University of Wolverhampton 2023

While we bid farewell to the PA program at Wolverhampton University, we celebrate the ongoing collaborations with various institutions, leading to new projects and partnerships. Noteworthy among these is our involvement with Dr Gareth Nye at Chester University, who teaches Bio-med students, and our support for the new Medical School at Chester, actively recruiting students for their MBChB course.

Our commitment to supporting diverse medical education extends to specialized areas, such as Obs and Gynae and Male Intimate Examinations. A recent project at Hastings House GP practice showcased our expertise, benefiting Paramedics, Pharmacists, and a Physician Associate keen on keeping their skills up to date.

A special mention goes to University College Birmingham, where we were invited by the Head of School Marina Kendrick to conduct a communication and consultation skills workshop with Undergraduate Nurses. The engaged participation of students made for a memorable and productive day.

As the year draws to a close, we express our gratitude to our dedicated team of ACEs, whose belief and commitment have been instrumental in Meducate Academy’s success. We extend our thanks to the students who have actively contributed to refining our skills and to our valued customers, both new and old.

As we look forward to the new year, we anticipate exciting developments, including undisclosed projects set to impact Pharmacy in 2024. Stay tuned for more information in January 2024, and here’s to another year of success and growth. Wishing you all a Happy New Year, and let’s do it again in 2024!

If you’re a Clinical Lead and wish to discuss working with Meducate Academy Ltd., we would love to give you a demonstration and a workshop at your institution.

Please contact: bobspour@meducateacademy.com or on 07870 611850

Mastering Clinical Skills: Meducate Academy’s Thriving Cliniskills Partnership

The Meducate Academy team at the 2 Day Cliniskills event for community pharmacists
The Meducate Academy team line up during the 2-Day Cliniskills event dedicated to community pharmacists

In September, Meducate Academy saw a surge in activity, notably due to our successful partnership with Cliniskills and participation in The Pharmacy Show. Out Associate Clinical Educators focused on teaching ENT and cardiovascular examinations to community pharmacists and worked with undergraduates at the University of Birmingham. Upcoming events include workshops at The Pharmacy Show, a collaborative book project, and training at Wolverhampton University.

As September unfolded, it brought with it an unexpected surge of activity at Meducate Academy. This bustling month was driven by the unique circumstances it presented, with a significant portion of our students either diving into their clinical placements or savouring the last moments of their summer break.

Partnering with Cliniskills

A major contributor to our busy schedule was our thriving partnership with Cliniskills. This collaboration came with a multitude of responsibilities, from booking the right ACEs to meticulously planning our teaching sessions. Each session demanded precision and proficiency, requiring our team to consistently deliver at the highest level.

Our Mission: Equipping Future Healthcare Professionals

Our mission was clear: to equip these students with the skills and knowledge they needed to excel in their roles, particularly in conducting ENT and cardiovascular examinations for community pharmacists. Our students hailed from diverse backgrounds, with varying levels of experience. Some were seasoned professionals seeking a refresher, while others were eager newcomers, offering us a unique opportunity to make a lasting impact.

It was in these foundational lessons that we truly excelled. Witnessing the transformation of students from different walks of life, some with extensive experience and others just starting their journey was an incredibly fulfilling experience. We remained acutely aware of the unique challenges our students faced and the ever-evolving demands of the healthcare industry.

A Commitment to Excellence

As we navigated the intricacies of teaching, it became evident that our commitment to excellence resonated with our students. The dedication of our team, combined with the determination of the students and pharmacists, bore testament to the success of our programs. Together, we ventured into a new era of healthcare education, fully aware of our role in shaping the future of healthcare professionals.

Expanding Horizons: Teaching Beyond Boundaries

Vicky, Bob, Mark, and Howard of Meducate Academy posing for a photo after a productive day of training undergraduate pharmacists at The University of Birmingham.
Vicky, Bob, Mark and Howard of Meducate Academy after a productive day of training at The University of Birmingham.

Simultaneously, we eagerly anticipated future sessions in Bristol, Slough, and Manchester as the months progressed. These upcoming sessions also offered an opportunity to engage with third-year undergraduate pharmacy students. Their task of rapidly honing consultation and examination skills, as they prepare to become independent prescribers, underscored the importance of our work.

The intensity of our recent sessions was complemented by the joy we derived from working with these ambitious students. The positive feedback we received fueled our enthusiasm for deeper engagements in clinical skills during future meetings.

Showcasing Our Expertise at The Pharmacy Show

As September transitioned into October, we found ourselves preparing for a prominent event – our workshops at The Pharmacy Show hosted at the NEC. This platform allowed us to demonstrate our expertise in teaching concentration skills and clinical skills to the attending delegates. With three one-hour sessions planned each day, we aimed to cater to the specific needs and interests of our audience.

Our workshops, which explore both poor and effective consultations, had previously left a lasting impression at Dudley College, often accompanied by smiles. Mark Reynolds’ playful portrayal of an inept pharmacist added a touch of humour to our educational sessions. For more details about The Pharmacy Show event click here to find out more information and to book your place. We genuinely hope to meet many of you in person to discuss not only these topics but also the book I’m currently co-authoring.

A Collaborative Book Project

Speaking of the book, I’m thrilled to share the exciting news. My colleague, friend, and former student, Teresa Dowsing, has joined me as a co-author. Theresa is lending her expertise to the clinical aspects of our book, which offers behind-the-scenes insights into the OSCE examinations. We believe this addition will significantly benefit students in enhancing their skill sets. See next month’s blog post to read and watch the video of Teresa Dowsing in conversation with Meducate Academy.

Upcoming Training Event at Wolverhampton University

Lastly, on the 21st of October, we have another training event on the horizon. This time, we’ll be providing training for new ACES at Wolverhampton University. It promises to be another enriching experience in our journey of imparting valuable clinical skills and knowledge.

Overcoming Challenges: Looking Forward

Regrettably, our previous event was derailed by an unforeseen railway strike, causing disappointment for both our team and the eager participants. However, we’re approaching this upcoming event with optimism, hoping for smoother logistics and an uninterrupted learning experience.

For this occasion, we’ve designed an intimate setting, ensuring a select group will have the privilege of being instructed by our most seasoned Associate Clinical Educators and a highly qualified clinician who will enrich the learning process. This unique opportunity invites medical role players to enhance their skill sets and expand their portfolios.

If you’re a medical role player eager to bolster your experience and broaden your horizons, we warmly invite you to get in touch with us and secure your spot on the course. Learning can work up an appetite, so rest assured, we have you covered. Participants will be treated to complimentary lunch and refreshments throughout the day, ensuring not only a day of education but also a delightful culinary experience. Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to grow your skills while enjoying a nourishing meal in a supportive learning environment.

 

If you’re a Clinical Lead and wish to discuss working with Meducate Academy Ltd., we would love to give you a demonstration and a workshop at your institution.

Please contact: bobspour@meducateacademy.com or on 07870 611850

Meducate Academy’s Exciting Collaboration with Cliniskills: Transforming Healthcare Training

Meducate Academy at The University of Chester Medical School

Meducate Academy is excited to announce its transformative collaboration with Cliniskills, a leading healthcare training company dedicated to equipping healthcare providers with cutting-edge skills in response to the evolving healthcare landscape. Recognizing the challenge of balancing work and skill development, Cliniskills offers flexible, tailored training solutions rooted in real-world expertise. Their initiative for community pharmacists, developed in partnership with the NHS, empowers them with critical diagnostic skills. In this partnership, Meducate Academy supplies Associate Clinical Educators to support Cliniskills’ training efforts, aiming to enhance healthcare training programs’ effectiveness and drive positive outcomes. Together, they are committed to shaping the future of healthcare education and empowering professionals in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

As summer bids farewell, we are delighted to unveil a significant development from Meducate Academy that promises to shape the future of healthcare training. We are thrilled to announce our latest collaboration with Cliniskills, a distinguished healthcare training company that stands at the forefront of adapting to the ever-evolving healthcare landscape.

In an era where healthcare roles and demands are in constant flux, Cliniskills remains steadfast in its mission to empower healthcare providers and practitioners with cutting-edge training programs. These programs are meticulously designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to proactively respond to the dynamic healthcare environment.

The Challenge of Balancing Work and Skill Development

Cliniskills recognizes the delicate balancing act that healthcare professionals face. They must juggle demanding workloads with the imperative need for continuous skill development. To address this challenge, Cliniskills offers flexible and best-practice training solutions that allow individuals to enhance their expertise while operating in diverse, multi-disciplinary settings.

Expertise Rooted in Real-world Experience

What sets Cliniskills apart is its team of healthcare professionals and experts in healthcare higher education. Their wealth of firsthand experience translates into a deep understanding of the transformative potential of targeted development in both the public and private healthcare sectors.

Tailored Training for Transformative Outcomes

One of Cliniskills’ key strengths is its ability to collaborate closely with organizations to tailor training and development programs to align with their specific workforce transformation goals. Their comprehensive offerings encompass online learning, hands-on training, or a combination of both, all designed to meet the unique requirements of each organization. Additionally, they are equipped to provide face-to-face training at convenient times and locations, ensuring they cater to organizational needs effectively.

Parbir Jagpal BEM
Parbir Jagpal BEM Director of Operations at Cliniskills

A Noteworthy Initiative: Transforming Community Pharmacy

One noteworthy initiative by Cliniskills is their fully funded clinical examination skills training resource, developed in collaboration with the NHS and specifically tailored for community pharmacists. Recognizing the pivotal role of community pharmacists in managing acute and long-term conditions, Cliniskills equips them with essential skills. These skills enable pharmacists to assess patients, diagnose common and high-risk conditions, and identify high-risk red-flag cases. This training supports pharmacists during a period of exciting workforce transformation, enabling them to deliver the clinical services that community pharmacies will increasingly provide.

Meducate Academy’s Contribution

In this groundbreaking partnership, Meducate Academy’s role is to supply the highest quality Associate Clinical Educators to support Cliniskills’ endeavours with hi-fidelity simulation and teaching. This collaboration aims to enhance the effectiveness of healthcare training programs and drive positive outcomes for both individual practitioners and the healthcare organizations they serve.

As summer fades away, the future of healthcare training shines brighter than ever, thanks to the synergy between Meducate Academy and Cliniskills. Together, we are committed to empowering healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in a rapidly changing healthcare landscape. Stay tuned for more updates as we embark on this transformative journey to shape the future of healthcare education.

If you’re a Pharmacy Clinical Lead and wish to discuss working with Meducate Academy Ltd., we would love to give you a demonstration and a workshop at your institution.

Please contact: bobspour@meducateacademy.com or on 07870 611850