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World-class clinical skills

23 February 2011

Professor Paul BradleyProfessor Paul Bradley

Ensuring Cardiff medical students practice their clinical skills in a safe and high-tech environment so they are ready and equipped for life in practice is key to ensuring the highest possible quality of care for patients, according to the University’s new Director of Skills and Simulation.

Professor Paul Bradley joins the University’s School of Medicine to help deliver a new world-class undergraduate medical curriculum which combines the full range of key clinical skills with high-tech simulation training.

"A 21st century health service demands a new generation of doctors equipped with the right clinical skills and ready to deliver the highest possible quality of care," according to Professor Bradley.

"To ensure our medical students get the clinical skills they need, we need a medical curriculum that is equipped for students to have opportunities to learn and practice in a wide range of skills in a safe educational environment before transferring those skills into practice in the clinical workplace," he added.

Professor Bradley is one of the UK’s leading figures in the development of clinical skills in medical education.

A former GP and partner in Chester, he was a key member of the Department of Primary Care at the University of Liverpool becoming an Associate Advisor in General Practice for Information Technology.

During his time at Liverpool he was responsible for setting up the clinical skills programme as part of the new undergraduate curriculum.

After a short spell at the University of Dundee he joined the then Peninsula Medical School in 2001 where he led the development and implementation of the clinical skills learning programme and helped introduce a variety of innovative and established educational techniques to deliver a learning programme designed to meet the needs of young doctors in the 21st Century.

He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2010 for his work in clinical skills and simulation based education.

Doctors discussing chartProfessor Bradley joins the School of Medicine at a key time as it embarks on a major overhaul of its undergraduate medical education curriculum.

Led by the School of Medicine’s Division of Medical Education, Professor John Bligh is leading a modernisation programme examining all aspects of undergraduate medical education at the University - from curriculum content to staff training.

Professor Bradley added: "This is really an exciting time to join the School of Medicine. Drawing on my experience at Liverpool and Peninsula, I look forward to working with the rest of the curriculum team to develop and deliver a world class clinical skills and simulation curriculum.

"This learning will use the full breadth of simulation modalities, from models of limbs through to full size computerised human patient simulators. The approach will ensure that students acquire and develop skills in a progressive, planned and coordinated manner to achieve the highest possible standards.

"Much of this work will support the patient safety agenda and will ensure that Cardiff graduates, the doctors of tomorrow, are best prepared for practice and will deliver the highest possible quality of care to their patients."

The School of Medicine is already leading the way when it comes to simulation training.

In 2010, Cardiff medical student and Wales rugby star Jamie Roberts unveiled the School of Medicine’s new medical simulation training equipment. The new child manikin – part of an expansion of the University’s simulation equipment - can be programmed to behave just like a sick child, offering students the chance to deal with real life problems.

The University’s new flagship home for the School of Medicine, the Cochrane building, due to open later this year will also include its own modern clinical skills and high-tech simulation laboratories.

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