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Undergraduate department

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the region.   The Trust provides clinical placements for undergraduate medical students from the University of Nottingham as they progress through each phase of their clinical training programme.   

The clinical phase for all the Nottingham medical students, both those on the traditional 5 year course and those on the Graduate Entry Medicine course, lasts for two and a half years.  During this time the students undertake their clinical placements at various teaching hospitals in the region.

The Derby Hospitals Medical Education Undergraduate Office is based on level 3 of the Education Centre at the Royal Derby Hospital.   The Undergraduate Office staff administer the Nottingham medical student allocations for Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Clinical placements are structured into three blocks:

Clinical Phase 1 (CP1):  A 17 week placement which gives students an introduction to medicine and surgery.

Clinical Phase 2 (CP2):  Lasting 40 weeks, students rotate around placements including Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dermatology, Health Care of the Elderly and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT).

Clinical Phase 3 (CP3): The final clinical attachment for students, rotating around surgical and medical areas and within General Practice.


Volunteer Patients

If you are a doctor working in outpatients, in any speciality, there are a number of ways you can help recruit patients.

Volunteer Methods

Suggest a patient volunteer

If you are a doctor working in outpatients in any local hospitals, community services or GP services, we would be very grateful for your help in recruiting patient volunteers.

There are a number of ways you can pass on the details of patients you feel would be appropriate and willing.

What we require:

You do not need to explain all the details of the process to the patient as we will do this, but should explain briefly what is involved in participating in an undergraduate medical teaching session or OSCE examination. 

Once you have confirmed that the patient is happy for us to contact them please pass on their contacts details via email to the Undergraduate Office: dhft.ugpatients@nhs.net  

The essential information needed:

  • patient name 
  • patient telephone number
  • brief details of signs and symptoms 
  • confirmation that the patient is happy to be contacted 
  • confirmation that the patient is well enough to attend exams (i.e. not on oxygen or iv drips)