Covid-19 & Student Support
The Medical School Student Support team and our resources are still here to support you during this time. The team can be best contacted via email at: email@example.com.
The coronavirus situation is continuously changing. The Medical School and central University continue to send emails to your university email address with any important information.
It is essential you check your emails regularly.
Our Your Health page had lots of useful links you may find helpful.
This includes health and well-being and looking after your mental health.
Keep up to date with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) advice
(Please note: if you are currently abroad, please also see your own country's official guidelines)
- Visit NHS.uk\Coronavirus for medical advice about COVID-19 and self-isolation rules.
- Visit Buckingham.ac.uk\Coronavirus for information on the University’s response to COVID-19
- The University's Visa office has up-to-date information for international students. For current information about BRP's also see the government webpage.
- Latest UK Government travel advice to this country can be found here and more recent introduction of travel bans from certain countries can be found here.
We take your health and safety very seriously and various measures are being put in place for your safe return to campus and face to face teaching. Please continue to check your emails for the latest information regarding plans for your cohort's return and for instructions on how the Medical School will be operating a covid-secure site.
LATERAL FLOW TESTS
You should already have received information regarding the University requirements of students returning to campus.
- Students should take at least one negative lateral flow test (LFT) before accessing any campus facilities including teaching rooms, study spaces and catering outlets. This is in addition to any testing requirements that may apply to you personally if you have recently arrived in the UK from overseas.
- Testing should be repeated twice each week until notified and we ask that you plan to do this on the Sunday and Wednesday of each week. There are a number of routes through which you can obtain the required LFT devices free of charge including home delivery as well as collection from local testing facilities and pharmacies. Full details of the options can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
For students arriving on the Buckingham Campus - Central University have some helpful information about 'Living on Campus'
The Medical School is still teaching MED20 students online.
All students should have received a copy of the Engagement policy which should be read in conjunction with our current Attendance and Leave policy.
Accompanying notes to students can be found here:
Phase 1 Students - Cohorts are returning to campus in May
Phase 2 Students - Phase 2 are now back in clinical placement
FAQ and Answers regarding Engagement
Questions about what happens next?
The Medical Schools Council (MSC) has released the following information to try and answer student's questions about the impact of coronavirus on studies & clinical placements and return to placements going forwards:
They have also informed us that the NHS Practitioner Health Support scheme is now available to medical students free for at least the next two year and they have also launched regular online support groups (medical student common rooms).
Please visit their website for more information.
Final Year students & Phase 2
The BMA have produced some helpful guidance. See our Careers page.
A Podcast for Final Year Medical Students starting work during the Coronavirus. Bradley Hayes, a FY2 working in South East London, has made a podcast for FiY1s covering how to be a good junior doctor and the coronavirus experience. It can be found on Apple podcasts or Spotify.
The NHS have a Support page for staff during the coronavirus situation. If you have an NHS email address, you will be able to access a number of free wellbeing apps that have been made available until December 2020.
YouTube channel: Dr Alex George: My first day as a doctor - what I wish I had known!
"Together with Dr Cath Taylor, I share with you some of the things I wish I had been told before starting as a junior doctor. I hope this is useful to those joining the frontline and an interesting insight into what the first few weeks are really like!"
This series is dedicated to give healthcare workers on the front lines regular updates from healthcare leaders on COVID-19.
Chaired by leading experts, they discuss different topics and challenges that healthcare workers, leaders and the public are facing, and how we are responding.
Learn more about RSM's other webinars here and more recent information on travel bans from certain countries can be found here