- Date: 21/03/2023
Honeycomb Group is proud to be supporting the next generation of doctors
Our home support specialists, Revival, have supported Keele University again this year by providing work experience placements for trainee doctors.
Although most training takes place within the hospital environment, Revival play a crucial role in highlighting the home from hospital journey and support needed in the community to prevent readmissions.
This month, student Sophie (pictured below) shadowed Home Support Officer Jay while supporting vulnerable, local people prone to falls. Together they completed home safety assessments and in one customer's case, were able to introduce nine different aspects of support.
Sophie said the placement has enabled her to see how important support at the bedside and in the community is.
“As a second-year medical student this placement with Revival has been invaluable”, said Sophie.
“It’s a unique opportunity as other universities usually place students with GPs. Instead, I’ve met patients in hospital and then after discharge in their homes too.
“Being able to shadow experienced support staff has given me an understanding of what’s available outside of healthcare.
“It’s also encouraged me to look at the bigger picture rather than focusing solely on treating the medical problem. Looking at someone’s environment, home or financial situation that could be impacting their health and wellbeing.
“I think this kind of support after a stay in hospital is essential. It helps to capture any gaps not addressed at the bedside and enables staff to tailor support to customers’ needs. After all, what works for some might not work for others.
“I’m so grateful to have experienced this, and I know it will help me become a better doctor.”
Head of Support and Wellbeing, Julie Russell said this year’s placements have gone well and continue to play an important role in making sure the next generation of doctors understand the bigger picture of what happens after discharge.
“At Revival, we know just how important it is to get discharge support right. By showing the next generation of doctors real-life situations we can help them to see the bigger picture."
Find out more about Revival here: www.thisisrevival.org.uk