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Returning to clinical placements – risk assessments

5.06.20

Medical students need to return to clinical placements to ensure that they are able to meet the learning outcomes that allow them to graduate and the NHS to be provided with new doctors on an annual basis. Returning students to placements is not without risk; Covid-19 will be present in some clinical environments and students will therefore be at risk of contracting it.

Fortunately, most medical students are in an age group where their risk of serious illness as a result of Covid 19 is low. There will be some students where their personal circumstances increases their risk and this will need to be carefully managed. The Medical Schools Council has published a document that sets out how medical schools may mitigate these risks on a placement and individual student level.

Read the full statement here.

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