Student Doctors enjoy pastoral support workshop

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Lancashire Teaching Hospitals’ learner support team ran their final workshop of 2019 with years three, four and five student doctors from the University of Manchester.

The event, held in The Health Academy’s education centre one, featured a range of relaxing activities including cake decorating, hand and arm message, meditative colouring,  jigsaw making and other therapeutic recreational activities.

The activities are to help student doctors take some personal time to relax amongst their busy work and study schedule, with exams also approaching for some fourth and fifth years trainees.

Student doctors are placed with the Trust each year from the University of Manchester and are based at both Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital until their graduation.

Learner support manager, Barbara Crank, said: “Throughout the academic year, our student pastoral support (SPS) team go the extra mile to provide student doctors with a range of workshops and activities which surround a comprehensive support service.

“The overall feedback was that Nicola’s cake decorating stall, along with the adult colouring and Tracey’s hand massage, was a massive hit. There was also great feedback for the sexual health stall which we hope will be able to support us in future events.

“The students enjoyed the refreshments available and they could relax and unwind during their busy timetables and exam preparations.

“Overall the workshops provide students with access to a range of wider Trust services whilst proving some added value between their busy study and work schedule.”

To contact the SPS / Learner Support team, please call 01772 52 4924/8444 or email

Learn more about the MBChB Medical programme.

A big thank you to all students who attended the event.