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: med-studentsupport@buckingham.ac.uk

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.



Please visit our Pastoral Support and our Academic Support pages for information about the help that is available to students.



 
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.




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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‚Äôs 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.
If you are a British citizen or have residence rights, you are allowed to travel into the UK from red list countries, but you will need to follow the Government's specific instructions on quarantining in a Government approved hotel or 10 days (see the links above for more details).

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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

The results of each test must be reported to the NHS as indicated in the testing instructions AND to the Medical School using this form: https://forms.office.com/r/DBvwU7wtRx

If the result is positive, you should return to your accommodation immediately and isolate along with the rest of your household for 10 days. You should also book and take a confirmatory PCR test with 48 hours. Should the PCR test result be negative, you may end your isolation period at that point.

As well as campus based teaching, your CSFC teaching this term will involve visits to hospital sites and GP surgeries and during these sessions, you may come into contact with vulnerable patients. You will therefore be asked to declare on arrival at each of these sites that you have carried out the required LFT and have received a negative result. If you have not done so, you will not be able to access those teaching sessions. Failure to either carry out the test or record the results accurately may also lead to professionalism concerns being raised.
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For students arriving on the Buckingham Campus - Central University have some helpful information about 'Living on Campus'
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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



WHO's advice on coping with stress during COVID-19.





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.

Class of Corona
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.


Health Education England also have a Covid-19 Resilience Hub directed at helping front line staff during this time.


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!"

The Royal Society of Medicine COVID-19 series

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

Last modified: Tuesday, 27 April 2021, 1:03 PM