Education, Education, Education

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Everyone working in the Middlewood Partnership is always learning. It is one of marvellous things about working in healthcare that you can literally learn something new every day – be it a condition that you haven’t come across before, a new set of investigations that have just been developed or indeed a novel treatment for an illness that once proved troublesome to manage. Thankfully there is a broad understanding that a clinician can’t know everything about everything and I’m sure you will have witnessed your doctor or nurse needing to do some research either during or following a consultation. I hope you have found this of reassurance that the best, evidence based approach is sought into your complaint, particularly when the matter is something that is not frequently seen or straightforward.

We are proud in Middlewood to not only learn ourselves, but also to play an important part in the education and training of a wide variety of healthcare professionals. All the Surgeries have a long tradition of providing excellent education of both clinical and non-clinical staff and I anticipate that many of you will have encountered a number of these trainees over the years. They all work under the close supervision of experienced colleagues, who provide daily advice and guidance, support and mentorship, and more formal de-briefing sessions and tutorials. In return the trainees might provide, for example extremely valuable clinical provision or administrative support and usually always make significant progress with their studies and qualifications. However, none of this would be possible without the support and input of all of you as registered patients within Middlewood. As William Osler, a 19th century physician who is often describes as the father of modern medicine, wrote:

“He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.”


We are all extremely grateful for your continued understanding, support and involvement with the training programmes that we offer in Middlewood. They make an incredibly valuable contribution the individuals themselves, the organisation as a whole and indeed to broader medical education in this part of the country. So, thank you!

As we populate our website further in the coming months, we will look to provide additional details on the specific types of trainees you might encounter, the role they are playing and where they are heading. In the meantime should you wish to know more about education or training within Middlewood, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Dr Andrew Maurice