Patients & Healthcare Students

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust is a teaching Trust. This applies to Russells Hall Hospital, Guest Outpatient Centre in Dudley, and Corbett Outpatient Centre in Stourbridge and our community sites.

This means that doctors, nurses, and other health professionals receive part of their training here. Healthcare students may accompany medical teams treating patients at any of our sites.

During your visit, you may be asked if you are willing to take part in the education and training of medical students, student nurses, physician associates, and allied health professionals. It is of great benefit to the student’s learning experiences if patients are able to contribute to their medical training.

However, if you do not want students to be involved in your care, you are asked to make this known to the nursing staff, administrators or doctor on arrival. If you refuse to have medical students present during your treatment, this will not affect the quality of your care in any way.

On average, up to 450 healthcare students undertake their placement at The Dudley Group throughout the year, and up to 120 University of Birmingham medical students will be on placement at any one time. These students may be talking to and examining patients, observing surgical procedures in the operating theatre, viewing diagnostic images in the X-ray department, or learning by apprenticeship. It is likely that you will meet these people whose teachers are the doctors, nurses and other health professionals who care for you.

Healthcare students learn best by interviewing and talking to patients. This helps them to learn about interacting with people, whilst enabling them to gain medical knowledge not easily obtained from textbooks. Students will meet patients on wards and in the outpatient departments. They may also be present as observers when you have tests, procedures or operations.

At The Dudley Group, students are easily identifiable. University of Birmingham medical students wear green and white name badges, whilst nursing students and allied health professionals are identified by their uniform.

All healthcare students are bound by the professional duty of confidentiality. They are expected to pass relevant personal information that patients give them to the responsible doctor or nurse, but no further. If you want to talk to a student in confidence then you are welcome to do so. However, you will be made aware that the student is normally expected to pass on information relevant to your treatment.

As a teaching Trust, The Dudley Group strives to develop and nourish a well-rounded and accomplished healthcare workforce for the future. The continued support of our patients is a very important part of this evolution.