Medical School Student Support Team
Student Support Lead
Dr Claire Stocker: Claire is responsible for the student support systems within the Medical School.
Pastoral Support Lead
Please note: Katy Simons is currently acting as Pastoral Lead until March 2019.
Alison Giggins: Student Support Assistant
Nikki Dean: Student Support Assistant
Claire, Jessica/Katy, Alison and Nikki will ensure that you have all the help, support and guidance, whether personal or academic, during your studies on the MB ChB programme.
Milton Keynes Hospital Occupational Health Service
Dr Adejoke Edet
Dr Edet is our senior Occupational Health Physician for the MB ChB programme. Occupational Health (OH) is a multiprofessional field that deals primarily with the two-way interaction between work and health. The professions within Occupational Health include Occupational Medicine, Occupational Health Nursing, Occupational Psychology, etc. The Occupational Health Service has the broad remit of ensuring that work (study) does not have an adverse impact on health and vice versa. Some of the means by which this remit is fulfilled include providing impartial advice on medical fitness for work (study); on fitness to return to work (study) following ill health or injury; and on adjustments that may be considered to support individuals with disabilities. The Service is also responsible for administering recommended vaccinations to medical students which helps to protect them, and also their patients, from various communicable diseases.
The MB ChB Student Support Team has been developed to provide you with the appropriate advice to enable you to perform to the best of your ability and help you overcome or cope with any difficulties with the ultimate aim of enabling you to become a good doctor. We are here to provide confidential support for all of you whatever aspect of performance you are struggling with (the only time this information will be shared is if there is a Fitness to Practise or safety concern). Your Student Support Team will offer extensive information on wellbeing, time management, registering with the GP practice and local dentist, sexual health and drug and alcohol abuse, as well as support in any individual personal or learning support needs.
The following are examples of where the Student Support Team can provide support to you:
- Study skills
- Significant difficulties with communication
- Significant physical or mental health concerns
- Concerns around attitude or conduct
- Supporting students who are going through formal university procedures
There are a number of reasons why medical students struggle and some of you may need additional support because of health problems or disabilities which impact in some way on your performance. The Student Support Team is responsible for supporting those of you with these conditions to ensure that you can perform optimally on the course. We will balance the needs of each of you with any course provisions, providing wherever possible reasonable adjustments, enabling you to achieve and progress according to your potential. It is not compulsory for any of you who are referred to the Support Team to take up the support offered. However, the Team has a commitment to all of you, and we encourage you to maximise the benefit of the advice we provide. Further information about the MB ChB Student Support Team and can be obtained by emailing the Student Support Lead:on email@example.com or via telephone: 01280 820349.